Time to bloom.

Ikey is hooked, unless I decide to do more tweaking here and there.  I don’t usually use black wool in a rug, but I had some left over from a group project, which I will share with you in a week or two.  I would normally use other dark colors to simulate black.  After all, black is never just black.  I don’t use white, either.  I used off-white wool for Ikey, which is acceptable to my eye.

Now it’s time to hook the garden behind and around him.  I envision this as an impressionistic cacophony of colors.  I do wish the perennial garden were in bloom right now, but I have many photos of the various flowers from previous years.  And as an artist, I will employ some of that “artistic license” that we all know about.

April has been a good month in spite of the reluctant appearance of spring.  The weekend retreat in West Virginia with Susan Feller was very fun and inspirational.  There were many beautiful and creative rugs being worked on there.  The creative mind that I recognize in others is so amazing.  Where does a creative idea come from?  Sometimes it’s like dragging it out into the light from some deep dark well.  Other times it arrives like a bolt from the blue. Each has its merits.

There’s a lot of beauty out there and in the blooming of creative ideas and the flowers of spring.

Ikey is ready to smell the flowers.

Ikey is ready to smell the flowers.

Red Hot Pokers and Anise Hyssop backed by Ox-eye Daisies.

Red Hot Pokers and Anise Hyssop backed by Ox-eye Daisies.

Poppies and lupines.

Poppies and lupines.

A colorful array of perennials.

A colorful array of perennials.