Beneath the Surface…

Sometimes on gray, Winter days, the idea of Spring feels very faraway…And then, during a walk last week on a warm, sunny day, I stumbled onto this “pop of color“!

Beneath the Surface

A wonderful, unexpected surprise!! So Nature provided a sneak peak of the colorful displays that are being planned beneath the surface!! I’m reminded that in Life, though I may not love the “Winter times“, perhaps they are necessary, in order to have the time for preparation, inspirations, and finally renewal…

So, this week is off to a good start here in the studio….with a burst of encouragement…knowing that tomorrow another ice storm is headed our way…but more confident that Spring is just under the surface and for me to just continue in the same manner~~here in the studio & in my Life!  🙂

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I’d love for you to share with us in the Comments below! 

*Does your inspiration vary in the Winter time, or change with the seasons? What have you found that helps you continue with your art, work, or Life’s creative activities during these times?

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From the Studio~May Showers…May Flowers

May showers truly do bring May flowers!  🙂
Beautiful, inspiring Colors!!!

May Showers Do bring May Flowers!

Another week in the studio is ending this afternoon…

I have finished layering the ocean scene for “Sea Images” #3! I am beginning to stitch from the top where the edges meet, a section at a time,  which will add design lines and details, using the machine similar to a pencil in a drawing…

Ocean Scene

This scene is going to become the “playground” for a school of “Fractured Fish”!

Another wonderful inspiration~~a pink flower after the rain! 

Pink Flower After the Rain

May it cheer your day & brighten your weekend!

 

In the Studio~The Materials an Artist Chooses

Today in the studio, as I worked I wondered if people ever asked, “What are the differences between creating a picture using cloth vs paints?

Artists work using a variety of different materials~for example, a potter molds smooth clay, a sculpture chisels cool stone or textured wood, and a painter brushes on flowing paints. And, many times it is a material’s qualities that determine what type of art, or “medium”, an artist chooses to work with.

As a textile artist, I am drawn to cloth and threads…the textures as you touch it…the softness of the fabrics…

Green

And its warmth as it is smoothed with an iron!

The background of “Field of Flowers in Toledo” is done and the “paints” for the flowers are being prepared. I’ve enjoyed my time in the studio today as I’ve quietly worked with beautifully colored and textured cloth.

Purple Flowers

Though, I also have my Garden Hat ready, and have spent time imagining planting our flower beds very soon!!   🙂

Garden Hat is Ready!