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)

What Do You Imagine…?

IMG_2970colorPaletteB2
What Do You Imagine…?

…when you see these colors?

 

....looking at these colors?
….looking at these colors?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A painter mixes many different paints to create a color palette to use on a new painting, while as a textile artist I also gather a new palette of colors…fabric paints…to create my next art quilt!

It would be fun to hear what You (and other Readers!) can imagine this color palette being used for? Please let us know in Comments below!

[And, in the next post I will tell you what I imagine…and how I plan to use these wonderfully colored fabrics.  🙂 ]