Archives for August 2015

“AHA!” Moment

How many times in the past 11 months have I expressed regret at lack of time for my art? I felt my “creativity” was taking a second place to constructing a second home in western Washington. How silly of me!

Our home is now in the finishing stages. Months of thought and seemingly hundreds of choices are now manifesting in the physical. And, what have I learned?  😉

Our home is a work of art. The clean lines of the inside walls, ceilings, and corridors, the color palette, the woodwork, all reflect a simplicity in taste that embodies the vision that my husband and I had for our home and our lifestyle.

Aha! I have not been in absentia from creating art for all these months, I have been creating a home as a work of art. Creativity has flourished, the raw materials have simply changed.

And now, as we move into the final push towards completion, I am smiling. Everytime I walk into our still unoccupied home, I am inspired to take a deep breath and simply enjoy the fruition of many hours of effort, while looking forward to the hours ahead of returning to work in my new studio!

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Linking to Nina Marie’s Off the Wall Friday blog so you can check out other artists.

Plenty of Inspiration

While I am immersed in the final stage of building a second home, I am keeping my creative juices flowing by admiring the process of other fiber artists. Every year SAQA has an annual fund raising auction where members donate 12 inch square original art quilts.

The actual auction begins September 18 and you can read about it here. What excites me this year is that SAQA has been featuring various contributors on its blog with interviews about their process.

I am finding it fascinating to read these posts and have a peek into the creative process of these artists. Each is completely different. I am in awe at what each achieves in a 12 inch square. It excites me to think that soon I will once again be back creating in my own studio!

Here are links to a few of my favorite recent posts:

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Joan Dyer

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Lois Wilby Hooper

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Beauty in the Moment

‘Tis the gift to be simple, ’tis the gift to be free
‘Tis the gift to come down where we ought to be,
And when we find ourselves in the place just right,
  ‘Twill be in the valley of love and delight.

When true simplicity is gain’d,
  To bow and to bend we shan’t be asham’d,
To turn, turn will be our delight,
  Till by turning, turning we come ’round right.
Joseph Brackett

I have always found drops of water mesmerizing.

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From my daughter’s vegetable garden after it’s morning watering. 

And these are some photos I took last winter as a morning snow melted.

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Hope to be back writing about the world of fiber in the near future. In the mean time, hope that you have a wonderful day. Remember to breathe and catch the beauty surrounding you!