what flow looks like today


what's setting the tone lately...
wherein I find inspiration through my photography and other pursuits

Jungle wrap

My graphic designer hat is always looking for a way to play with paper and pattern. This jungle-like painting (A Different Conversation) begged for a wrapping paper application don’t you think?!

Abstract Dress

Journey of a prototype— the cotton/linen jumper. Testing fabric, pattern and artwork. The wear test is next…

Painted abstraction for dress

Painted abstraction for dress

Paintings on Fabric

I’m experimenting with having my paintings printed on fabric to create clothing as well as on my Studio Sneakers (see the previous post). First project off the blocks was a dress in chiffon. Working out the large repeat on the yardage in coordination with pattern was an interesting problem and am happy with the result. Next up a cotton and linen jumper…

Group of Seven Chakras

Each necklace in this group of seven beauties has a different Thai amulet that enhances the colorway of the chakra. The necklaces are approximately 15” in length and can be shortened because of their unique leather and button closure and are super comfortable to wear.

The gemstones beads by chakra are:
Root: Garnet and Ruby Jade
Sacral: Sunstone and Peach Aventurine  
Solar Plexus: Yellow Jade and Yellow Quartz
Heart: Green Onyx and Chalcedony
Throat: Blue Lace Agate and Blue Quartz
Brow: Iolite and Blue Jade
Crown: Amethyst and Labradorite

See the shop for availability and to learn more about a specific chakra’s energies.

Proof that painting is a perilous matter…

Per Kirkeby, a danish painter, was brought to my attention by a friend who is also a painter. What a gift. Thank you Ritchie.

Morning in the workshop
I squeeze a tube of titanium white (a good name). But instead of paint coming out of the hole, a gash appears in the tube itself and white is everywhere. Covered in oily color and not wishing to let it go to waste, I smear the pictures that are leaned innocently against the wall amid their own projects, dabbing them with white and leaving white footprints all over the workshop floor in the process. Hardly have I done this than it begins to snow. The garden is covered by a layer of white. Again proof that painting is a perilous matter. I have on previous occasions invoked thunder and lightning, and now my brush and accident have conspired to draw down white.

—Per Kirkeby, Writings on Art

Noel Danforth
Solar Wind

I cannot cause light; the most I can do is try to put myself in the path of its beam. It is possible, in deep space, to sail on solar wind. Light, be it particle or wave, has force: you rig a giant sail and go. The secret of seeing is to sail on solar wind. Hone and spread your spirit till you yourself are a sail, whetted, translucent, broadside to the merest puff.

—Annie Dillard, Pilgrim at Tinker Creek

Sacral Sparkle
sacral chakra necklace

My Jasmine plant is blooming today just in time for photographing the new chakra necklaces that will be in the wfllt shop soon. Jasmine flower is said to link sacral energies to the heart and crown chakras. A bloomin’ good sign. :)

The Sacral Chakra is the seat of your creative energy and equips you to ‘to go with the flow’.  In Sanskrit it’s called the Swadhisthana Chakra which loosely translates as ‘the sacred home of the self’ or “the goddess’ favorite standing place’. When in sync you are flowing, flexible and adaptive.

This Sacral Chakra necklace is hand-crocheted with Sunstone and Peach Aventurine gemstone beads. Sunstone brings vitality, abundance and longevity while Aventurine adds creativity, motivation and leadership. Now that’s some sparkle! 

You can read about my Chakra necklace series on my GLITR page. If you want to know when new necklaces are in the shop you can sign up for Flow Updates at the bottom of my About page.

Shine on.

Necklaces, GlitrNoel Danforth
Exploring an Intersection

I found myself caught up exploring a digital drawing app… 

One of the beauties of handmade is, just that, you are creating with your hands and your body moves— it’s a tactile experience and a dance. As a graphic designer I spend much of my design-time creating in the digital space, a space that lacks tactile qualities and movement, yup even with a standing desk. The flow and focus is similar to that when I am painting or creating with my hands but the body’s movement is much different. When I paint my whole body can participate, when I am designing on the computer my body is less involved there is a disconnect. So I am a bit concerned about the ease with which I enter this digital space… Hmmm. Perhaps the coming technology will allow our bodies to be involved, perhaps painting will become like painting and I can dance when I design. VR anyone?

Noel Danforth
Art as wrapping

Some of my abstract art becomes wrapping. The repeat creates an interesting Rorschach. I wonder what everyone will see in it?

Noel Danforth
Larger format begets smaller format

In the process of looking and working on some larger paintings I have taken my love of photographing square-ups (seeing the details) and created notecards from these little harmonies... It’s another way of seeing the whole by breaking it down into constituent parts. And hey it’s fun. :) And who doesn’t love to get mail? Get yours here.

Noel Danforth
Day Dreaming

On vacation I am dreaming of surfaces and making photographs of surfaces in preparation to paint. Asking questions, seeing resolutions.

Life in the Garden

“For me, garden design isn’t just about plants, it is about emotion, atmosphere, a sense of contemplation. You try to move people with what you do. You look at this, and it goes deeper than what you see. It reminds you of something in the genes — nature, or the longing for nature.”
– Piet Oudolf

Looking forward to the screening of Five Seasons: The Gardens of Piet Oudolf at the MFA #pietoudolf #gardendesign #thomaspiper 

Woodfleet Project 2.0 panels

Three panels from Woodfleet Project 2.0 an exhibition and sale to support Wellfleet's Preservation Hall. The last panel Flash sold at the event with half the proceeds going to the Hall. Sweet.

Painting, natureNoel Danforth
To Begin

My nephew, at about 7 years of age, when asked "where are you going?' replied, " I'm gonna go see what I get up to." This response is dear to me in that it describes what happens when I go paint.

I believe it is this openness, this willingness to be a beginner that is needed to achieve the proper state of mind to paint.

"Insight preceded by humility". —Anne Truitt

The lost dune paintings.

PaintingNoel Danforth

Sometimes you long for the lost images, the ones that got painted over...