Just In Time

In keeping with my original idea for Open Studios here at Sunwise Farm and Sanctuary, to share the four seasons literally and through indigenous teachings, the 5th version of the special edition card set was finished, just in time for Saturday’s event.

Fifth version of 4 Seasons card set, Leaves by Kathleen O'Brien

Fifth version of 4 Seasons card set, Leaves by Kathleen O’Brien

For the original event in 2009 Gwen Hefner helped me with the idea to have an open studio for each season, based on my¬† “4 Seasons Cards and Prints” business, and the classes I teach, 4 Seasons – 4 Directions. For each season event I could present a new card set. Autumn was the time of the first one, the tag line was “FALL, in love with art.” The first set were subtle drawings of the four animals associated with the four directions and seasons.

All 4 Cards of the first Open Studio set2009 by Kathleen O'Brien

All 4 Cards of the first Open Studio set 2009 by Kathleen O’Brien

and this was my email invitation for it, that was before MailChimp…

First Open Studio email invitation 2009 by Kathleen O'Brien

First Open Studio email invitation 2009 by Kathleen O’Brien

The seasons went retrograde in 2010, and it was “SUMMER, better than others”. One year I designed four flowers of the seasons, a premeditated idea when I composed details from “Garden of Healing, Garden of Hope”.

Third version of 4 Seasons card set, Spring, Peony and Summer Lotus 2011 by Kathleen O'Brien

Third version of 4 Seasons card set, Spring, Peony and Summer Lotus 2011 by Kathleen O’Brien

So it’s been a nice way to set up projects for myself that also invite conversation. That’s what I love, talking to everybody about making meaningful art.

Just In Time

There’s more. There’s always more coming from the studio, Thanks to the Great Spirit, my great husband, my ancestors, family and friends. I wanted to make some smaller affordable artworks for the Open Studio. Due to all the farm and garden chores I didn’t think it would materialize. For now, I’ll let you have a peek at just one.

come Saturday to see everything …

…last count – 27 new collages, and new bead necklaces.

Golden Lake watercolor, drawing, collage by Kathleen O'Brien

Golden Lake watercolor, drawing, collage by Kathleen O’Brien

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