Your Heart is My Garden

I like gardening but not when I have to fight off mosquitos.  I like potting plants but not when it’s 90 degrees by 8:00 a.m.  I like doing yard work but only when I have the energy.  And this is why my back yard is a mess.

I did kind of tidy it up this morning at 6:30 only to realize I have a lot of neglected over grown plants that are in desperate need of TLC.

Tending to a garden is like tending to a relationship be it a marriage, son, daughter,mom or dad and even God. We have to tend to a garden on a daily basis in order for it to bare much good fruit   That saying ” Your Heart is my Garden”,  came to me while being immerse in scripture and planting my garden a few years back.  I believe God said that to me.  So, whenever I am gardening, cooking, making ceramic hearts, heart shrines. I am always reminded of what HE said to me.  I love it.

This piece is inspired by that quote.

Your Heart Is My Garden
Your Heart Is My Garden

I am currently working on a mural to be installed at a vacation home in Rocky Point in Mexico.

It is supposed to be ready by the end of the month.  I will post more pics as the mural comes together.  This shot is a fraction of the size.  It will be 10′ w x 24″ h. installed in a stair well. It will be a combination of flat and low and high relief tile.

Rocky Point Mural
Rocky Point Mural

At the same time I am building inventory for the holidays.  All is well.

Cactus Wren on Prickly Pear
Cactus Wren on Prickly Pear
Cardinal on Figs
Cardinal on Figs
Verdin on a Pomegranate
Verdin on a Pomegranate

Published by robinchladdesigns

I have been doodling, coloring, drawing, cutting, sculpting, painting, sewing, writing and everything in between since I could hold a crayon in my hand. My first art projects were filling up a big, fat coloring book of bridal dresses. I boldly ventured into new territory with paint-by-number sets. I graduated to luxurious and decadent velvet (paint-by-number) sets. Eventually, I mastered the art of Spirogragh. Originally from upstate New York I have lived in Tucson, Arizona since 1986. Back then I was a single mom and found myself in the job market. I went to Pima Community College for training. Instead of diving into my academics I kept hanging around the pottery studio. Some people lived there and if I didn’t have two little girls at home I would have ended up living there as well. Joking aside, I fell in love with clay and all its possibilities. Being in a position to care for my kids, in 1989 I created a very marketable, creative, and functional item. It was a simple concept that took me into new heights of the craft world and I became an entrepreneur. Creating and selling became my passion. I had achieved success for many years. I loved being my own boss and living the artist’s dream. Life moved real fast and before I knew it my girls were all grown up, moving out, getting married and having kids of there own. Hey, wait a minute… I am a Gramma at 40? No sweat, I handled it gracefully. Fast forward to the present: I have been on a journey led by God. I took a sabbatical for the last 6 years learning new people skills in real estate, retail and care giving to the elderly. But my natural instincts kept leading me back to what my soul cannot deny. New visions, new risks, and a stronger faith has lead me to this point. Have I arrived? It’s like my life is all mapped out and a red arrow points to You Are Here! But the road keeps going and I have learned to listen to that still small voice. My days are filled with a little bit of art, a little bit of caring for my grandchildren, care giving to the elderly and volunteering at Sunday school. I am currently working on sculpting with clay in a tile mosaic setting, like my Seed Pod series or House of Fruit Trios. Some of my pieces are a mixture of individual 3-D tiles, shadow box shrines, and ornaments. The work that’s being created is inspirational, whimsical, and contemporary. Even though life can be very serious and intense I hope to achieve simply bringing joy or even a smile to someone’s face though my creations. I am also designing and developing my%2

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