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The Next Best Thing

 The next best thing to Morocco is a trip to the Bead Bazaar!

It’s full of inspiration and great people watching . . . even some happy to pose for your lens!

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This may look like a tangle of beads, but I see my next painting’s palette.

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Indigo blues take my breath away.

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“Kuba cloth” sends me on a journey far into my imagination.

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Pattern, design, and texture will soon find their way into a sketchbook exploration.

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Ideas swirl.

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Gorgeous, rich and exotic details imprint themselves on my artist’s soul.

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If I were braver (or richer) I’d be on a plane to Egypt or Tangier right now….but I’m not.

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Until then, I will paint, draw and be inspired by these lovely, tiny pieces of art.

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 Hammered, hand made, woven and spun.

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I may never see the Souk, but in this market place I dream of far away places.

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Tonight, I’ll have visions of vibrant pigment, spice and textile.

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I long to wrap myself in cloths such as these . . .

ME a blonde haired, green eyed American – far from exotic am I!

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 I do tend to pile on the turquoise and silver – I can blame my Texas heritage for that!

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My own collection has grown heavy over the years.

I have a glass cabinet full of such treasures – it belongs in the bazaar!

One day I’ll show you MY things.

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 Until then, enjoy the photos of jade, amber, brass and stone.

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 Let yourself be inspired by the color combinations or by tiny embroidered and beaded symbols.

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Imagine running your hands through this basket of African crosses –

feel how far they have traveled.

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  Hear the clatter of shells and wooden beads as you rummage through.

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 Let your eye fall on deep lapis against canary yellow.

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I have a wish for you, my artistic friend.

My hope is that you discover small artistic adventures of your own.

Find what makes your heart swoon – find what will drive you to the paper or canvas or page.

On those adventures, take along your camera or a sketchbook.

Let it inspire your next creative endeavor!

One comment

  1. Indigo says:

    Just simply swooning from all the color and textures and sparkly things! I’m so with you my friend on how moved I am by all these delicious items. Thank you for the inspiration. Can’t wait to see your collection.

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