Monday’s Inspiration~

Reflection in a garden…

Reflection in a Garden

May you have a good start to your week!

Behind the Scenes~Artists Working in a Series

Many times artists will create several works of art, or a series, related to the same subject or theme. This can be the result of their creative process, where an artist experiments with different materials…explores one idea in several ways, or tries out many ways to design one idea…or takes one concept and builds upon it, revising it as they work. So, there are many ways to create in the studio with no one “right” method…

Some artists work on one piece or series at a time, while others may have many projects and series being developed and created at the same time…working on several at various stages of the design process. So, it can look like this!  🙂

I currently work on a few different series, which I’d like to introduce to you one at a time. Today’s series is called, “Child’s Play”…Because for children their play is actually their work…the way they learn, develop, and understand the world around them!

In “Playtime Games” (2012), the games of children are depicted~~Pin-the-Tail-on-the-Donkey, sparkling marbles, decorated flip-flops, the swirls of a turning top! For from the lessons learned in playing these games, they learn the lessons of life. 

“Playtime Games”, Rayon, beads, and clothespins on cotton, ©2012 Joni Beach

In “Meow, Mr. Whiskers”, saying hello in cat language is a specialty of children who know their pets well. Not only is he a cat, he is a friend who just happens to love to play with a ball of fabric yarn. And, from this they learn to better communicate and interact with other living beings…including people!

Meow, Mr. Whiskers, rayon on cotton, 7 1/4″ x 10″, © 2013 Joni Beach.

In this series, I have fun exploring ways children learn, grow, and develop through fun and games, colors and crayons, animals and bugs, friends and family, and other wild, wonderful, awe-inspiring things, using brightly colored, quirky prints, vivid colored threads, and fun found objects!

Stay tuned for more…! 🙂

(These designs are Available Now as wonderful, Open Edition Art Prints in the Art Shop.) 


Recharging and Renewal…

Hi Everyone! It is in the middle of the winter @ my house, with below freezing temperatures and many gray days. With the holidays over, it is a time to recharge….reorganize….and renew inspirations for creating, exploring, and trying out new things in the studio!


So far this has been the only snowman at our house! Though it is only January…

In the spirit of recharging and renewing, on Sunday I attended a wonderful Sound Therapy concert by BreAnna Martin. She demonstrates and performs beautifully, playing the Tibetan and crystal singing bowls, gong, tuning forks and her voice, creating a relaxing, enjoyable, meditative experience! You can learn more about her story and what she offers at her website, The Singing Hare.  

Music and soothing sounds has always been important to me, and part of my creative life. 

As another new venture in the studio, I have begun an Instagram account for sharing artwork and inspirations! If you are on Instagram, visit me at @jonibeach …

You may also have noticed, my website has been updated (and continues to be!  🙂  ). Please explore and visit the Gallery and Art Shop to view earlier, as well as available Studio art work! I am now offering select designs as beautiful, open edition, high quality archival, Art Prints…printed individually by me in the studio~signed and matted (ready to frame). If you collect unique, original art or need a special gift for someone you know, please visit the shop and look around! 🙂

….Life can certainly be challenging, and after busy events or time of stress, finding ways of restoring our balance is critical for our creativity….as well as our well-being!  …..

What do you do to recharge and renew?