Dreams of summer.

I honestly prefer the cold of winter to the heat of summer, but I think I’m ready to see a summery design on my hooking frame, and then on my wall.  My first thoughts were of goldfish, or koi, in a pond.  I love the color orange, which is a power color for me.  Orange = Creative Energy and I always need lots of that!

The mental image of goldfish made me rush to download a picture of Henri Matisse’s painting, Goldfish, from 1912.  I love this painting!  I was going to hook an adaptation of the painting, but then remembered a photo I took last summer at a retreat the Magdalena Rug Hookers took at the Copper Beech B&B in Lewisburg, PA.  In the back yard, there was a charming koi pond surrounded by lush plants. I will use my photograph as a starting point for a fish design.

I’ve got the design I’m calling, Five Fish, on linen, but that’s as far as I have gotten.  This week has been a busy one with tax prep, pattern making, and doing some preliminary preparation for a workshop to be held in my studio this coming Saturday.  But more on the workshop next time.  I’ll just say that Susan Feller will be here and we are excited!

There’s a lot of snowy beauty out there, but it's time to look forward to warmer weather.

Five Fish design copyright Crow's Foot Farm Designs LLC

Five Fish design copyright Crow's Foot Farm Designs LLC

My photograph, which inspired my Five Fish design.

My photograph, which inspired my Five Fish design.

Detail from Goldfish by Henri Matisse, 1912.

Detail from Goldfish by Henri Matisse, 1912.