Wonderment Wednesday, the Laurels, and my studio

The reason I do "Wonderment Wednesday" is to get myself out of the studio.  I waited and planned for years to move to Asheville.  The City is so full of historic buildings.  There are wonderful studios to visit, where all sorts of creative magic is happening.  Restaurants abound, full of food, so much of it freshly sourced from local farmers.    Bookstores (Malaprops!!) for a great cuppa and a read.   

So today, I grabbed a couple of past issues of "The Laurels of Asheville".  This monthly gem is full of local goings-on.  I actually made a list of places I want to travel to on Wednesdays.  "The Laurels" features articles on artists, musicians, authors, farmers, our growing brewery scene, and the outdoor wonders of this area.  If I didn't make a plan, believe me, I'd be happy busily creating in the studio!

Years ago, when I could only visit Asheville a couple of times a year, I'd grab a copy of "The Laurels" and dream about living here and all the wonderful things to do.  Now I live here, and rap my copy to see all that's going on!  And to plan "Wonderment Wednesday".   

On of my vessels did appear in "The Laurels" in an add for Mountain Made Gallery.  Someday, I hope there's an article on my creations!

Wonderment Wednesday!

Usually, I try to get out of the studio on Wednesday and visit another studio, a gallery, or some other kewl places around Asheville.   Hence the title "Wonderment Wednesday"!  The new issue of The Laurels is out, and it is always full of wonderful articles about restaurants, artists and things to experience here.

But today it is happening right here! Let me set it up for you:  Yesterday evening, I swept the leaves from the pavilion (read long covered space running along the side of the house).  It is always shady and cooler out there.  But leaves that look somewhat fall-ish?  And the light has changed, getting "thinner" is the way I describe it.  And last night I came dead on awake about 2:00 a.m.  clearly seeing a new piece, with fall leaves a-flame, a snatch of blue sky, green grass and a pond.  I had to get up and sketch it out...right then.  This is one of the benefits of having a studio at home, for sure!!

I spent the morning gathering various colors together and auditioning different placements for these pieces.  Adding some brown for tree trunks and limbs.  Find some great gray for rocks.   And do I have a mossy green?  It was so much fun, as I'd spent the last two day embellishing three pieces with layers and layers of paint!

So that's the wonderment!  Having a vision clearly come to mind, and beginning a piece that will reflect the beauty of fall!