26 June 2013

spring greens are here to stay

The thing I love most about seeing the trees and grass starting to turn green in spring is that green is here to stay deep into the summer. And it is just going to get greener.

happy summer!
xo, kim

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25 June 2013

goodbye to the purples of spring

Here are some purple blooms from my beloved season, spring!

columbine from my fire escape garden!

It seems that no matter which hues I post from spring irises are my favorite blooms, no matter what their shade is. 

happy summer even though I am still wishing for spring!
xo, kim

24 June 2013

oh poppy! a new hue...

Poppies are one of my favorite blooms. The varieties amaze me and the colors are so vibrant and full of life. I saw these lovely specimens while driving through my city's streets and pulled over to snap a few photos. 

Aren't they wonderful? Full of gesture and poise, each flower holding a pose unique to itself. 

I experimented with a slightly deeper hue of red enamel in my studio.

After sifting this crushed red glass onto silver discs I set out to firing them to discover the results. 

 Deep Poppy Red! 

If you want to take a look, they are here in my etsy shop.

happy monday!
xo, kim

23 June 2013

full moon and peace

A couple of full moons ago we drove out to the beach to appreciate the full moon shining bright over the ocean. Whenever I get a chance to slow down, breathe deep and take in the night I gaze at the moon and it occurs to me that no matter where my friends and family are the one thing that unites us is that we can be gazing at that same beautiful moon. This idea brings me a sense of peace I can't quite explain. I hope, deep in my heart, that every last person I love is seeing this thing of beauty with me.

This night seemed magical to me as the beach always seems to set my breathing slower and deeper as I listen to the waves roll in. Life is funny that way, as a little girl my father would drive me out to the beach on his motorcycle, when we arrived I wouldn't leave my towel. I would ask my father to carry me to where other kids were playing and set a towel down for me to sit on so I could play. Being the sweet, gentle man he is my father, who never told me no did say no to this request. He told me to get sand between my toes and fingers, play, have fun and be a kid. Over time, I got over my dislike of sand and found my carefree self playing in the water and sand. In the childhood I had, there were few of these carefree moments, I am so grateful he said no and gave me a childhood and time to play. Until I set down to write this post I didn't quite put this all together. I just thought it was the ebb and flow of the ocean, its rhythmic sound that calmed me, but it isn't that alone, it is where I got a little taste of freedom and was able to step away from reality and be a kid. 

thanks, Dad, you really are an amazing man. 
xo, kim

20 June 2013

spring blues

 Here are some blues I captured this spring.

Irises fascinate me. One day there will be a permanent one on me as an iris is the last thing I ever drew for my grandmother. Along with my other grandmother she raised me, encouraged me, praised me and loved me and most important, they made me feel safe. Without those ladies I wouldn't have a love of books or art in my life. I wouldn't know a woman could fix things and make things just as well as a man can. Without them, I wouldn't be the woman I am today and without them around I find myself a little lost but so very grateful to have had them in my life.

xo, kim

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