Hello! This post is late, very late. It should have been posted the week of Diva Challenge #275, when Suzanne Fluhr, CZT™ challenged us to "Give Peace a Chance." I love this challenge! Thank you, Suzanne!
I had never thought all that much about peace and art in partnership with each other until I heard of the Pinwheels for Peace project started by two art educators in 2005. I felt immediate inspiration, and still do. So much potential for an art educators and artists! More ideas than time to pursue them! A few years ago (September 2011, to be specific) I suggested to Laura Harms that she highlight Pinwheels for Peace as one of her weekly Diva Challenges, and she did! Weekly Challenge #40. The next year, she featured it again, with a twist: a string-based challenge that featured a contour drawing that I had drawn for the challenge: Weekly Challenge #87.
So when guest writer Suzanne posted a "Give Peace a Chance" challenge, I was again inspired. The wheels started spinning. How would I approach this beautiful challenge? Wouldn't you know, as I was contemplating how to begin, there was an article in our local paper entitled "The Seeds of Peace." (*See below.) I realized that I wanted my response to the challenge to have a garden-y, botanical feel to it. Especially appropriate because Suzanne is someone who seeks the beauty of flowers and plants, and frequently shares beautiful flower photos. We both have a fascination with hydrangeas, in particular.
|3 versions of fluhrfle with auras, and tipple.|
Shading hasn't happened yet...
This configuration is pretty simple, yet versatile. You can fill the negative spaces however you wish; you can see the options that I explored.
|I did not originate the peace sign/heart combo. I first saw at my
favorite scrapbook store, |
where I purchased this Quickutz limited edition die about 8 or 9 years ago.
|This is our courtyard container garden, in the heat of late July. |
The hydrangea and celosia have faded...
but the creeping Jenny is thriving!
|Sweet Pausha with our pink hydrangea out front. These were bright pink |
much longer than I thought they'd be, but they are winding down, too.
|Here it was before the inevitable fading if the hydrangeas and celosia.|
|Oh, how I loved the brilliant colors|
and the variety!
|Front hydrangea as they were changing to pink.|
For those tanglers who appreciate a multi-tasking tile, this one is also appropriate for last week's challenge, Challenge # 276: "Space Truckin' - Moving Tangles" in which Laura encouraged us to tangle on the go: while we were in motion! I wasn't sure I how I was going to do that last week. I can't tangle when I am behind the wheel . . . and I can't tangle when Caroline is behind the wheel, as she is a new driver, still with her learner's permit. Every excursion is a learning experience for her, and I need to be on the lookout for every teachable moment as well as for the safety of her, of me, and of everyone on the road around her. She's doing great, but that doesn't mean I can tangle when she is behind the wheel!
|My handsome husband getting ready to load his new cycle |
on the back of my very sexy white minivan.