Saturday, April 27, 2013


Remember this piece I started a while back?  Well, it became a background for a little artwork I am going to call Shelter.

It is inspired by so many things that are a part of me right now.  My new love of this raw, organic, shabby style of piecing and stitching.  My love of textures - I'm discovering that is what drives me in my work.  The desire to re-create textures. Their visual and tactile qualities.

And, of course, my on-going fascination with toadstools and mushrooms.  Why?  Is it because they are small and unassuming and often go unnoticed?  Or is it just because they're so darn cute?  What is it that draws me to them over and over again?  Why do we choose the subjects we choose?

I worried a little about my obsession with them until I discovered that Beatrix Potter was also captivated by them and spent years gathering them and sketching them and even wrote a scientific paper on them! Apparently, she was quite the armchair mycologist.  That made me feel better about it and gave me the encouragement I needed to continue playing with them until I am ready to move on.  After all, how many times did Monet paint those haystacks?  People thought he was a little crazy there for a while, too :)

And I chose the name, Shelter, because to me it looks like a little baby mushroom sheltering himself underneath his mama's cap.  Perhaps I should have put him a little closer to her.  This is also the first time I have used natural materials in a piece - something I've been wanting to do since the beginning.  I'm hoping to add some more natural elements when I finish it and frame it.

I am really happy with this one, and it will be going up on the wall.  Ya'll just don't know what a big deal that is for me.  Huge.

I hope you like it, too :)

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Springtime in Wonderland

Heavy spring rains have swollen the creeks and turned them a bit muddy at the moment, but the native azaleas (not really native, more like naturalized) don't seem to mind a bit.  Their ethereal pink clouds illuminate the edges of forest and stream this time of year.

And their lovely sisters, the dogwoods are beginning to open their bright eyes to the springtime sun.    It's beginning to look like a springtime fairy ball around here.  I imagine them frolicking about like newborn fawns this time of year.

The picnic area overlooking the falls.

Though it is beautiful just as it is, it has been my dream since we moved here to have a Japanese inspired garden in this area.  I wouldn't want to make any dramatic changes - just add some plantings of irises and azaleas and maybe a weeping cherry by the waterfall.  I read an article in a local gardening magazine a few weeks ago that said our climate here is similar to that of Tokyo and that is why so many plants that are originally from Japan grow well in our region. I suppose that is why we have so many Japanese style public gardens in this area.  We recently visited one, and I have photos to share, but that will have to wait until next time :)

Happy weekend, friends!

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

When God blows you a kiss......

Today I sat beneath a heavenly tree as it showered its blossoms down upon me.  And in those precious moments, I got a glimpse of the pure joy and happiness which can only come from above.  Sometimes in my life, I will admit, God seems very far away.

Today was not one of those days.