Color Inspiration

I visited New York City last week and found lots of colorful inspiration. We went to the New York Botanical Garden and I took hundreds of photos. These are just a few, plus one of some peacocks from the Staten Island Zoo. I think all of these will be wonderful for developing color palettes.

If you get a chance to visit the botanical gardens it is well worth it. There was also a Frida Kahlo exhibit which we enjoyed.

Finding Inspiration

We had company for the last 4 days. Our friends Howie and Janine came from Chicago. So I didn’t get much fiber art done this week. We were busy out on the lake, going to Glacier National Park and volunteering for Brewfest, a fundraiser for the SNOW Bus (runs up and down the mountain from Whitefish).

We went on a hike in Glacier National Park to Hidden Lake. It was 3 miles in and 3 miles back. Because of all the wildfires in the western US including several in the park itself, there was a lot of smoke. But it was still beautiful with plenty of inspiration to be found. Enjoy!


Spring Inspiration

It’s a beautiful day here, the sun is shining and it’s finally warming up a bit.

Choke Cherry Leaves Budding Out

I saw these choke cherry leaves started to bud out through the kitchen window and decided to take my camera to look for spring inspiration.

Columbine Beginning to Grow

Here’s the beginnings of one of my columbine plants.

Periwinkle Blooming

And the periwinkle are starting to bloom.

Symphony Enjoying the Sun

Symphony hasn’t decided if she should come help me or just wait on the patio.


Almost a quarter of the daffodils are blooming. I just love the spring time yellow.

Tree Buds

I’m not sure what kind of tree this is but it has white blooms. Love those beautiful, fat buds.

Little Lupine Leaves

Here are some tiny lupine leaves popping out. These get to be about four feet tall by July.

New Growth on Tamarack Pine

And the last bit of spring inspiration is the tamarack or larch trees. They are a deciduous pine tree that loses its needles in the fall and regrows in the spring. I really like that bright, yellow-green of the new growth. What is your inspiration in the spring?

Feeding the Birds

I worked most of the day today on more color homework. I painted rectangular tetrad and hexad color schemes. I also sanded some more boards for the yurt walls. The sanding is taking a really long time. I will be posting a yurt update on the Felting and Fiber Studio site on Monday. But I thought you might like to see what was eating the bird seed I put out in front of our house. I put a cup of sunflower seeds into the feeder in the front flower bed. I had noticed that the seeds were disappearing quickly and I mean gone. There was nothing left in the feeder and usually there are shells scattered all over it when the birds eat it. I didn’t think much about it and kept filling it up. Then the other day, I found this intruder eating the seeds. She posed nicely for photos.









The seeds are all gone now 🙂

Floral Inspiration

In the summer, I end up taking hundreds of photos. Mainly of flowers, trees, bark… natural inspiration. I always take multiple photos of the same thing from different angles in hopes that I will get a few photos that are really good. I also will put not so good photos in to a photo editing program and crop them so that the composition is a little better. Then I use these photos for inspiration or directly in my work. These are some of the photos that I took this week.

I have also been working on my umbrella tree for the Shelter exhibition. You can see updates about the tree on my post today on The Felting and Fiber Studio.