It’s been a busy month…so I’m a bit slow with sharing my article inside the current issue of Somerset Studio (Sept/Oct). I imagine that September has been a busy month for most of you also (closing out the Summer can feel rushed)…so maybe you don’t mind that I’ve fallen behind on my blogging?
The vibrant colors on the cover of Somerset Studio are so full of Fall. Although I’m not quite ready to jump into this season yet (again, I’m slow), seeing these rich, rusty-toned colors reminds me that there’s much leafy beauty ahead.
However, before I move full steam ahead, let’s revisit some Summery things…such as these clay pieces that I created using beach finds and such.
The article features two pieces of artwork (both made with air-dry clay), and both sides are embellished. The colors on all sides are soft and sandy, minty and watery, with touches of sparkling sky.
Here’s a close-up of one side of one piece.
And here’s a close-up of the other side of the same piece. I created all of the pieces with Brook in mind (I wanted to shine the light on some words that have special meaning to me).
As a mother it’s my responsibility to pass on words of encouragement and advice to my daughter…and very often, these words are expressed through the things that I create.
Here’s a look at the front side of the heart-shaped piece. I intentionally allowed the feather on the other side to stick up in view.
And on the other side, the feather (a symbol of hope) seems to blend into the heart itself. With hope in your heart, anything is possible.
In addition to the two pieces here, originally I created one other piece that went with the set. The pink in this third piece (shown below) didn’t coordinate well with the other two pieces so it was left out of the Somerset Studio article. However, I thought you might like a look anyway.
On the back of this piece I hand wrote my message to Brook.
I hope that she’ll take this advice to heart…because growth doesn’t always have to happen quickly. Sometimes it is within the slow moments that we feel the most, so that we can grow the most, towards becoming our best selves…our most loving selves.