Thursday, 5 January 2012


You might have noticed I've had a blog make-over. I've been craving gentle colours.
Mauves, soft pinks, gentle ochres and fawns. I felt I wanted to use a soft medium too, so I dug out the old pencil crayons that had been long neglected and spent time playing with them to produce the picture above. I feel the need to be kind to myself, to surround myself with softness.

This is the scarf I've just made using the softest wool I could find. Its called Wendy Merino Bliss. I found myself choosing gentle colours, earthy colours.

I want to be surrounded with gentle.


Julie said...

I love the gentle colors. And, the new work. very much! Happy New Year to you! :)

WrightStuff said...

OOh I love her paintings - discovered them a while back. HOw wonderful to be able to see them all in person!

Happy belated birthday by the way!

Carol said...

Very restful, your blog makeover is excellent.
Happy New Year and belated birthday greetings.
Carol xx

Anonymous said...

I like what you've done Jess. It's good to appraise and have a go at changing, and kindness - oh yes, sometimes it's bottom of the list if at all so how right you are. Respect! I've always liked the vibrancy in your art but new direction and ideas are important too.

Ana said...

nice post :)
I wish I could make a scarf but I'm totally useless when it comes to knitting XD

Clare said...

Yes, sometimes softer colours seem to call us and then at other times the bold loud colours give us a shout. I think it is important to pay attention to this - sometimes there is a lesson or new understanding about ourselves to uncover from this change, from the shift to gentle - or the burst of bright. I love the new blog banner.

Bella said...

We could all do with a bit more softness in this world. Reminds me of the famous poem, Desiderata.

Purpletreebird said...

Thankyou Bella, I didn't know this poem but it seems to ring true:

Go placidly amidst the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible without surrender be on good terms with all persons. Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even the dull and the ignorant; they too have their story.

Avoid loud and aggressive persons, they are vexations to the spirit. If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain or bitter; for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.

Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans. Keep interested in your own career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.

Exercise caution in your business affairs; for the world is full of trickery. But let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals; and everywhere life is full of heroism.

Be yourself. Especially, do not feign affection. Neither be cynical about love; for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment it is as perennial as the grass.

Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth. Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.

Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself. You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here.

And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should. Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be, and whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul. With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful.

Strive to be happy

millefeuilles said...

And I shall be joining you. Gentle colours sounds about perfect to me right now.

Joyful, peaceful new year to you.


Laura Haviland said...

Jessica this is my first visiting your blog and I just had to join as your follower.
There is such a feeling of kindness to our art work and it speaks so gentle. I just adore what you do and glad to have you for a new friend.
A pleasure visiting you and love your blog title so lovely.
Hugs,Laura. xoxx
I will be watching your blog and love your created faces. I am a big purple fan and love

Ginny said...

Softness and gentle colors seem perfect for this time of year. I love the new look of your blog.

Danielle Barlow said...

Lovely crocheting! A belated Happy birthday and New Year xx

Purpletreebird said...

I love how soft this scarf is, I can't stop feeling it!