Weekly Keep-Our-Sanity Challenge: Serenity


A new installment in our weekly Keep-Our-Sanity challenge. Our theme is Serenity.  I want first to share with you this beautiful poem which I find both inspiring and calming.

by Edward Rowland Sill

Be still,—be still!
Midnight’s arch is broken
In thy ceaseless ripples.
Dark and cold below them
Runs the troubled water,—
Only on its bosom,
Shimmering and trembling,
Doth the glinted star-shine
                  Sparkle and cease.

Be still,—be still!
Boundless truth is shattered
On thy hurrying current.
Rest, with face uplifted,
Calm, serenely quiet;
Drink the deathless beauty—
Thrills of love and wonder
Sinking, shining, star-like;
Till the mirrored heaven
Hollow down within thee
Holy deeps unfathomed,
Where far thoughts go floating,
And low voices wander
              Whispering peace.

Cathy Spivey Mendola: Path behind my house where I walk almost dailly with Rocky. Walking in the woods to the river has been like meditation for me. I am able to get all my frustrations out as well as enjoy the beauty of nature.

Cathy Spivey Mendola: All it takes is a drive through my neighborhood to see the horses and it calms me. If I take the time to stop and get out of the car to talk to them it is even better!

Cathy Spivey Mendola: his is my WIP-The original piece I had planned which caused me to play in Photoshop 2 days in a row. I didn’t get far:-( I altered a photo of the river that I walk to and printed it twice-once on cotton & again on silk organza. I overlaid he organza and shifted it slightly to give dimension and offset the scene. Fused them on a piece of dyed silk and that’s as far as I got. The plan was to do some machine embroidery maybe some hand stitching/beading. Maybe add some text.

Karen Totten: An old sketch. Serenity as Incubation. The creative engine: ocean of calm incubating fires of passion. Synthesis of Reason and Disorder. Calm and Chaos.

Jenny Davies Reazor: Serenity. Lino fox, painted and stenciled.

Niky Sayers: mixed media mandala’s on canvas with swarovski crystals

Diana Ptaszynski: Bead embroidered focal. Cab by Jenny Davies-Reazor. She looks serene, doesn’t she? I still have to make the necklace but I’m really happy with how the pendant turned out. Lots of calming shades of blue.

Claire Fabian: I tried to make a small series… also to force myself to not overwork a single piece.

Susan Kennedy: I find my serenity at the beach – these photos are from the Cayman Islands, St. Maarten, Hilton Head, Clearwater Beach and Oban, Scotland.

Susan Kennedy: Beachy earrings with my Lampwork headpins and Roman glass!

Cooky Schock: Photo – Ocean Sunset



Karen Totten

Karen has worked professionally as an artist and designer for over 30 years in a variety of creative disciplines: architectural design, illustration, art direction, mixed media art, interaction design. She currently works full time as a User Experience (UX) Design Principal for an international consultancy. When not flying to work every week, her other passions are ceramic art, sketching, and occasionally, jewelry design. “For me, the creative life, from UX to fine art, has always been one of exploration and adventure. As the daughter of an air force navigator, I grew up a traveler. To this day I am intrigued by stories and motifs that transcend time, culture, and geography.“
    • Kathy Lindemer
    • February 12, 2017

    Lovely post!

    • Smita
    • February 12, 2017

    Thanks for sharing the themed art on serenity. All the artists are talented.

  1. Reply

    Thanx for the theme… off to my work table to contemplate.

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