In the Good Old Summertime…

The first day of summer is here at last!! And with summer came a flurry of busyness for me–the opposite of what we expect or dream about..

Summer Colors
Summer Color
Summer Colors
Summer Colors



I have been taking trips, working in the yard, and planting colorful flowers in the garden. [These aren’t in my yard ūüôā ] It feels great to have warm, sunny days after the coldness of this past winter.





Summer Colors
Summer Colors












With a change of pace and time for new experiences, I am now inspired to be in the studio to work on new textile art and creative projects! 

Flamenco Swirl #1 is the first in a series that expresses my memories of the exciting colors and movement of a Spanish dancer’s amazingly expressive and exciting performance! (Two other pieces of this series are in earlier posts. They may be seen in the Art Gallery)

FlamencoSwirl#1, rayon on cotton, © 2014 Joni Beach.
Flamenco Swirl #1, rayon on cotton, © 2014 Joni Beach.

I hope to add new pieces to this series very soon! The passion and deep felt emotions with which these dances are performed¬†greatly inspire me ¬†to create…

Sometimes I move a project to the front porch and enjoy the breeze, the warmth of the sun, and the sound of the birds singing…

Ah… In the good old summertime!


Summer’s Renewal

Summer seems to have taken on a time schedule all its own! It has taken me out of my routine, required me to focus on other things, and ultimately helps give me a different perspective. All of this serves as a renewal…

New Bud
Opening Bud


Today I find my way back to the studio, ready to tackle tasks, begin a new design, and reach toward a major goal for 2012.

Interested in contemporary¬†art quilts?¬†The¬†SAQA’s (Studio Art Quilt Association) Benefit Auction¬†will be held in September!!¬†¬†The artist’s donations for 2012¬†can now be seen¬†on-line HERE!¬†(see under “News & Events“)¬†¬†This is a wonderful collection of the variety of unique styles, techniques, and creativity used by artists working in this medium! This event is for those interested in collecting art, at the same time contributing to promote the art quilt medium.

Does Summer take you out of your routine? If you are an artist, how does it impact your artwork?


Summer Daze?

As Summer arrived, many other events that required my attention did also. Though, this week finds me back in the studio with new goals for the rest of the season. Like everyone, I struggle at times to balance work and family, and am sometimes more successful than others.

Summer Green, (c) 2012, Joni Beach.

But,¬†Summer¬†is spent gathering¬†creative¬†inspirations–new¬†sights, sounds, smells, touch sensations,¬†tastes,¬†and experiences.¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†¬†

What summer activities feed your creative soul and impact your future artistic work?

So far I have been inspired by…

  • planting flowers and garden vegetables…

  • picking wonderful ripe, red strawberries…

  • traveling to other places…

  • spending time with distant family…

  • having impromptu¬†picnics…

  • listening to an informal outdoor music concert

  • sitting in the warm, bright sunshine…

  • eating juicy red watermelon and sweet yellow corn

  • and going barefoot whenever possible!¬†

I will continue these and other summer activities as long as possible…

In The Pink

My regular schedule just doesn’t seem to work on warm, inspirational summer days

                 or perhaps it is more accurate to say,      

¬†I’m just in a summer daze?

Pansies’ Blue

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