This weekend while I made a new folder for a project that’s closing and another for upcoming holiday greetings and other things. We had a little November night wind storm. Shortly after it began to rain. With the quiet in the house and the pitter-patter outside, it was the perfect conditions to work in, and some of it inspired this new addition.
Are you in planning mode yet for the new year? Do tell. You know I love a good coffee chat. 🙂
Patterns like this one are always a blast for me to design because I’ll collage several different designs into one. This one is made up of two different patterns of fall foliage, one that I shrunk down into tiny little golden pearl-textured dots. I’ve been working on designs like these through October, and they will likely continue through November if time allows.
This weekend’s was inspired by the winds that hit here about Friday that are signs of an upcoming storm in our area.
What colors have you seen floating through the sky lately? Do you like multi-layered designs for a living room? How’s the weather in your neck of the woods?
That first image was designed with your fears in mind and is a stark contrast from the ideas behind the second design. If you were to tilt your head to the side and imagine yourself underneath a row of trees this would likely be your perspective, should you happen to be in some woodsy area in the fall. The parallel set of trees are stretched and blurred just slightly out of your view. As if your vision is hazy and foggy for some reason. Skewed is an early concept for a set design.
The second is much simpler. This weekend I longed for quieter moments while dealing with a chaotic week. My niece has been heavy on my mind since both she and my sister are in Irma’s path. (I’m way further north, so I worry for them since I’m so far.) Yesterday morning she insisted she’s safe. Quieter was made for and inspired by my niece and will be used for greeting cards and other prints.
What are your quiet places? Do you have any? How do you stay calm during a storm?
We had a busy week here at home and a crazier few weeks in the nation and world as a whole. Aside from my personal life, I’m managing and still enjoying extra time with my son for the summer.
Despite a positive outlook on my home and work life for now, due to the major events going on in the world you could feel tension in the air.
It all came to a halt briefly after a storm yesterday afternoon when my son shouted out,
“The sky is yellow, Mom!!”
He was so excited. Beyond elated. He rushed me to the window. We had just had a very violent thunderstorm. We’ve been getting a lot of them in my area this summer. Though this one particularly unique. Not only did the sky turn yellow after it stopped, due to the sun setting and the high humidity, but in almost a perfect dome-like shape there stood a spectacular double (almost triple, but the last one was faded) rainbow.
We ran outside in the remainder of the drizzle to snap a few photos. What we soon saw was a short moment that brought everyone out of there houses with smiles. For just a few minutes, it brought the neighborhood out. Together. Smiling. It was a warm feeling that gave us hope. Hope despite troubling times. Though it was small and in a no way a sign that all horrible things will simply fade away, it was something special, still.
I blended the photos into some digital templates like the one you see here. I plan on using them for greeting cards.
Our local news caught a gorgeous shot of this same rainbow outside of their studio as well.
These two designs were inspired by events both past and a strange nightmare I had one night years ago about the future.
The first about the past was a beautiful day that was considered rare in the times I grew up in that were somewhat similar to the things going on in present day in the country I call home. The afternoon etched itself into my memories due to a vivid sunset witnessed that mimicked a candy store. There were so many bright pinks and lilacs. Then out of nowhere it seemed to get ruined by a very dangerous electrical storm that no one seemed to see coming.
The second that was dreamt up into a sci-fi design was inspired by a terrifying, sweat-inducing dream had one night where tons of planets were just getting blasted to bits and raining down and outward everywhere.
My lesson in all this trying to concentrate while there are in fact catastrophic things going on in the world that involve spiritual, racial, generational, and just flat out good old fashioned good vs evil, was that we need to take care of one another more. & Fight these evils because like the storm, what appeared out of darkness soon became light. So many of you have been so very kind these past few weeks while we transition the site here.
With an actual storm brewing in the skies over my head as I type this, and the climate changing in my region & all over I hope our own certain future doesn’t look like the one in my nightmares. There’s just way too much more work to do.
Be kind to one another & take care of one another.
During the week while handling the hustle and stumble that can be the life cycle, I got to visit a place where none of that mattered. It brought me back through a feeling I haven’t had since I was a teenager and had me dreaming of faraway places over the weekend. This is one of the scenes inspired by those dream designs. It all got me thinking that no matter what horrible things may occur in our lives we are strong. No matter what hardships we may endure we can still create whole other worlds through our creations. Those creations then go on to create better worlds. & That’s a beautiful thing.
Night scenes have often ended up in my wall art or any number of designs. This one is no different. Though it has the surreal twist of glowing flowers. They were inspired by a fantastic, wacky, and wonderful dream had during this strange week of spring-like weather. I plan on using other visuals from that one in future designs. Some of these may even make appearances in upcoming trailers for Alicia in the Woods. I look forward to the coming months with you.
What fantastic places have you visited in your dreams lately?
Last night we had this intriguing snow storm. I’ve rarely seen something like it.
As the snow fell, you saw this very fine mixture of ice that had a striking resemblance to sugar. When it concluded, there was this gorgeous remnant of these glittery little ice shards.
Below are some quick photos I snapped of them. (I would’ve gotten better shots normally but it was 15 degrees last night; I ran back inside pretty quickly.)