Spring Revival

Hi Friends,

I hibernate in winter. I lose interest in everything except reading, napping and watching videos on YouTube and Netflix. It seems strange that it’s out of my control, but I’ve come to recognize it as a seasonal pattern and more-or-less accept it. Winter has become my time to study and incubate ideas.

Come mid-March, I’m like a different person. Suddenly I have renewed interest in my art, after months of wondering if it would ever return. I’m painting, weaving and working on collage, all at the same time.

I thought I’d give you a quick tour of things that are in progress in my studio, now that spring has sprung.

I’m working on new paintings using the natural earth pigments. For some reason these two aren’t as satisfying as the last one I did. Was it beginner’s luck? The first layers of paint on these pieces are too much of an overall design. I have no idea why, and I’m still experimenting. They’re 36 x 48 inches, to give you an idea of scale.

Cassandra Tondro painting

Cassandra Tondro painting

I’m also thinking about how to incorporate these fun test pieces into my paintings as collage. They’re pieces of canvas where I test out color combinations and different methods of applying the pigments.

Cassandra Tondro painting

This Goldfish cracker box is going to become a collage piece in my “Talking Trash” series, and I’m thinking about how to use the colorful Canada Dry packaging. I had to order some larger wood panels for this work, and I’m waiting for them to arrive.

Cassandra Tondro collage

I recently finished two handwoven scarves, and I’m starting on a third with bright spring colors. Click on the images below to see all of my available woven scarves.

Cassandra Tondro handwoven scarf

Cassandra Tondro handwoven scarf

Cassandra Tondro weaving

What are your seasonal patterns, and what projects are you cultivating this spring? I’d enjoy hearing your thoughts. You can share them with us in the comments section below.

With love and appreciation,



  1. Your scarves are beautiful. It’s a good thing to take a break. I haven’t knitted in over a year. After relocating to Arroyo Grande, I was going to start the first of the year but my mother took a terrible fall. Had to move her here to assisted living. So free time is taken up but now things are settling down. Now I’m making potholders!

    1. Sorry to hear about your mom’s fall, Lucinda. I hope she’s doing OK. Potholders are fun! I like small, portable projects like that. Ones where I don’t have to think too hard about what I’m doing.

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