Friday, 12 February 2010

Inspiration

 Recently I treated myself to one of Lynne Hoppe's muslin 'Nearly There Books'.   The picture below shows one of the leafs before anything is added.  I began to draw a mandala, not really knowing what I had in mind.  The book is so pretty to begin with. 
 

I felt the need to work with bright colour with an emphasis on orange, which I have always considered a healing colour.  Next came oak leaves, making the core of this mandala healing and a provider of strength. I have really enjoyed working on this mandala.


 This morning, my book order arrived.  Lots of poetry for inspiration but also, 'The Secret Life of Trees' by Colin Tudge.  I have been wanting to read this book ever since I read Elizabeth's review of it at Luchair  .
 

It was a real pleasure to finish off the mandala this morning in Lynnes book while considering which book to read first.  To top it all off, my silk order  also arrived along with some angora and cashmere.   

An energising start to the day xJ

17 comments:

Caio Fernandes said...

so many things to talk about this post !!
hope i don't forget anyone . let's go:
the first picture is fron far my favorite , and maybe i am wrong , but i believe that if you look to Matisse's work closer , you're going to find similar aesthetical inspirations and Bonnard too .
the mandala is cute , and the books colection : i am jealous of you .

La Dolce Vita said...

love what you have done in Lynnes book, the mandala fits in nicely!

Carol Anne Strange said...

Such beautiful work, Jasmine. Oooh, and look at all those lovely books! The Secret Life of Trees is also on my `must-read' list. Bright wishes to you. x

Elizabeth M Rimmer said...

You'll love The Secret life of Trees - it has something fascinating on every page. It's a beautiful page, too.

Lickety Splitter said...

Hello sweet friend ... I'm perusing your beautiful creations, trying not to be envious of your many talents ;) while sitting here eating sweet pickles for breakfast. I hope you have been keeping warm. We rarely see snow where we live and I do mean rarely. We haven't had anything more than a few snow flurries in the last 30 years, but I hear we may get 1-3 inches later today. I will believe that when I see it! Hope you have a nice evening ... while I just begin my day.

THE WORLD AS I SEE IT said...

I love your orange flower, I bead orange flowers, and I am definately going to read the secret life of tress, sounds interesting! beautiful work.

subby said...

Ooooh! Tennyson!

Isha Ethera said...

Looks lovely!

Assayya said...

a couple of days ago i found some sheets of musselin at the attic.
the link you gave here is very inspiring:))

ArtSparker said...

Collaboration is a lot of fun, and there is nothing like opening up a real package.

Tammie Lee said...

this journal art and the books are all so fabulous! xo

Jules said...

Thank you for introducing me to yet more interesting concepts and new ideas. I liked your orange mandala very much, and the journal is so pretty. I shall now go and investigate "The Secret Life of Trees"....

yvette said...

The treebook must be part of my pile please give me books...and that muslin....so beautiful..I'll follow the link

love
yvette

lettuce said...

its a lovely joyful mandala

tony said...

Hey Jasmine, Your Going To Be Kept Busy! Enjoy!

A Lady's Life said...

lovely mandala

Cynthia said...

Gorgeous mandala and so inspiring.
I must get a copy of The Secret
Life of Trees. As I adore trees
myself and the stories within
each on of their branches,
their strength and beauty.