Hearts, Hugs and Sunshine

With Summer coming to a close, this is the perfect time for me to share a beach finds project with you. If you’re like me, you have a collection of carefully selected beach beauties on hand.  Here’s a look at what you can create with them.


Here’s a close look at one that’s focused around a heart.


And this one has a heart in it also.


This next one looks like a heart to me too.  Although it’s missing part of the top curve, my eye and mind sees it as complete.


Very often I like to include details that look like visual hugs…I think this adds a cozy feel.  Below are some examples of what I mean.

Wire wrapped rock.


Circle around a shell.


Wire wrapped around “cherish” stick and string wrapped around a reed with a feather sticking out.


And here’s a closer look at my favorite example of a visual hug (sunshine yellow thread wrapped around a feather seen on the right hand side of the canvas), which I did while thinking of my Bill and Brook.



I feel grateful that no matter where I am or what season it happens to be, I’m always surrounded by sunshine, as long as I’m around (or even when I’m just thinking of) my Bill and Brook. They are my light, my joy…my sunshine.  As we move into the direction of shorter days, may the brilliant, beautiful light of your loved ones fill you with peace and joy as well.

If you’d like to know more about the artwork shown above, please refer to my article in the current issue of Somerset Studio.  And of course, please feel free to contact me directly if you have any questions about the making process…I’m always happy to help.

As a side note, it seems that my blog had been hacked and I think it hasn’t been functioning properly since the beginning of Summer.  However, it’s all been fixed (thanks to Bill) so if you’re a subscriber, or you like to just drop by occasionally, you’ll be able to do so more easily again.



12 Comments, Comment or Ping

  1. Jeanette in Illinois

    What lovely soul-speaking pieces!!! Thanks for sharing them with us and your thought process around the creation of them.
    I love the addition of the yellow thread, a delightful, bright surprise element.
    Wishing you brillance to illuminate ALL your days. Thankful for the brightness your art brings to our lives…and for the openness of your heart to share! 🙂

    September 3rd, 2013

  2. ann marie

    Ooo, I love the raw elements you used (and I DID get a copy of your article). I especially love the wire wrapped rock. So simple yet so significant. Beautiful, peaceful job … as always.

    September 3rd, 2013

  3. laura huffman

    perfect beach pieces. love your take on hugs. finding pieces that look like hearts has been a fun thing to do with little ones around our house. my nephews found lovely pieces to give their mom for Christmas (they were made into wire wrapped necklaces for her). I like the idea of putting rocks into your art, along with everything else you’ve done. thanks so much for giving this glimpse of beauty. enjoy your day.

    September 4th, 2013

  4. the last “remnants” of summer…beautiful and bitter sweet. what a lovely reminder of sunny days spent with the ones you love. i hope your brook has a good school year! 😉

    September 4th, 2013

  5. You always put the best stuff on canvases! Why do you think your blog was hacked? Too scary! Glad it’s okay now! Happy September!

    September 5th, 2013

  6. Congratulations dear on Somerset Studio publication. Your art always brings peace and joy to my soul. Yellow for Sunshine and how important that is as our days get shorter in daylight. I thrive on sunshine and the energy it gives me. I have no beach trinkets as there are no beaches close by. However I can thoroughly enjoy your beautiful canvases that honor little bits and pieces of the blissful beaches you visit. Creative Bliss…

    September 5th, 2013

  7. Last Minute Lynn

    Your work always “speaks” to me. It is lovely and always seems calm. A wonderful thing in our hectic world! I have one more beach opportunity and I know what I will be looking for!
    I do have one question. How did you adhere the rocks to the corrugated paper?

    September 6th, 2013

  8. Becky

    So lovely to know that you ladies like the artwork, thank you. And Lynn, to answer your question, I used regular craft glue (Aleene’s) to adhere the rocks to the paper/canvas. If you like, for more strength you can try using regular gel medium (Golden), but I think the craft glue should be sufficient. Happy Creating!

    September 6th, 2013

  9. Dorothy C.

    Every piece is so beautiful. I always enjoy the magazine issues when your work is featured.

    September 6th, 2013

  10. Linda K

    you know how I love the beach so I LOVE!!!! these Becky!! Again, such a creative and lovely way to preserve some special mementos. They are precious!

    September 14th, 2013

  11. Congrats Becky! I look forward to seeing this issue and your art~
    Cheers to sunshine, it always warms my heart and feels like a warm embrace!

    September 14th, 2013

  12. I am so uplifted by these pieces of your work! They are elegant in their simplicity. I have been collecting hear -shaped rocks, concrete, terra cotta, pebbles for several years. I never knew there was so much love from The Creator in the world around me. Thank you for sharing your soul with your artistry.

    October 18th, 2013

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