In the Studio~

It is a beautiful Autumn day here in the Studio today! I wanted to show you the art that is on the table being finished! 

A few years ago, I had an exhibit of many of my art quilts for the local ArtWalk in our town. In deciding which pieces to exhibit, I almost did not include a small stylized image of a fish, called Fractured Fish #1…but at the last minute, decided to add it to the group.

To my surprise. when delivering the art for the exhibit, the host exclaimed over that particular small art quilt! At the exhibit, a few friends viewed the small art quilts displayed over the fireplace mantle and said Fractured Fish was their favorite…Then, a family member, when seeing photos of the exhibit, phoned me to say they wanted that piece! Something about the colors and subject matter made this a favorite!

I am now finishing Fractured Fish #2, which is part of my series, Sea Images…  

The pattern is similar, but is in a different colorway of cool toned, bright purple batik on a background of mixed, warmer browns and yellows with blues, turquoise and a touch of rosy pink.

I am using wonderfully rich colored rayon threads to sketch and paint details and add visual depth and texture to this creation…


Part of the uniqueness of Textile Art!
In July the creative people, art lovers, & art collectors of Studio NewsNotes got a 1st Glimpse of this artwork! If you would like to join them & also get a first peak of New Pieces and when they will be Available, Inspirations and stories behind the art, as well as Creativity IDEAS to try in adding more creativity to your life, Sign-Up and subscribe to Studio NewsNotes— Here or on the sidebar!  🙂

Enjoy the colorful Fall leaves!!!! 

A Time to Just “Be” ~ Idea Gathering.

I find summer is a wonderful time to just Be, reminiscent of the long, hot summer days of my childhood. With slower days comes less expectations of how much I have to accomplish! But even though the pace slows, it doesn’t mean nothing is actually happening…

Sky Clouds

 

I have time to explore simple daily things, to swing in a hammock and watch the white clouds float by, to work in the dirt in the garden’s flower bed, listen to the birds’ songs and watch the flowers grow, and to think and dream about ideas. It is a time in the creative process called Idea Gathering.

 

 

Inspirations, impressions, and ideas are all around us everyday!

Pot of Zinnas

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sometimes you even find art in the most ordinary of places…

Garden Tools

This kind of idea gathering informs my life…and my art.  It helps me in life to more creatively problem-solve, renew my body and spirit, and encourage new ways of seeing things! As an artist, this is a process where I explore, experience, and renew my motivation to design and create new visual expressions…

There are new things happening in the studio that I will continue to share in the slow summer days ahead! 🙂 For a First Glimpse at my new art in process, more Creativity Ideas to try, and studio Happenings, I invite you to Sign-Up Here for the Studio NewsNotes and join other Art Lovers, Art Collectors, and Creatives in Life!

 

What I Imagine…

In my last post, I asked readers what they imagined when looking at my new color palette of fabrics? So today, I will tell you what I imagine looking at those colors~~

~~~~Sea Images!~~~~

… the swirly, watery patterns in tropical, sunny bright hues of yellow, orange, greens, and blues, plus many more!!  🙂 

Fractured Fish #1 Print & Fabrics.
Fractured Fish #1 Print & Fabrics.

And, I imagine my next piece in this series to be–Fractured Fish #2!

In 2014 I had a solo exhibit, Lifeweavings-A Creative Journey, during our town’s ArtWalk. It included many of my past works of art, along with new ones, that illustrated many of my inspirations gathered over time in life. 

This small piece, which I almost decided not to even show, ended up being one of my most popular designs! Immediately more than one person wanted the original and another bought a print of this piece, Fractured Fish #1.

Fractured Fish #1 (Sea Images), 8 1/4" x 6", © 2006 Joni Beach. Applique, free-motion quilting. (Private Collection)
Fractured Fish #1 (Sea Images), 8 1/4″ x 6″, © 2006 Joni Beach. Applique, free-motion quilting. (Private Collection)

In the first E-news in April, I will show a first glimpse of new “art in-progress”, Fractured Fish #2! So, Sign-up now for our email newsletter, “From the Studio…” to receive updates, inspirations, and more!! (Also, see right sidebar)