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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Summer Flower

I am still in vacation mode” after trips to visit family…

Summer Frog

This means a non-schedule schedule, late mornings, and not much actual work getting finished!

Motivation to begin projects is low…

Hopefully this will be a time for the incubation of new ideas and a renewal of energy that will later kick in and inspire me to accomplish great things…

well, one can always dream

Dragon Fly



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