Thursday, November 20, 2014

Uprooted 2, Photos by Luke Anthony Photography

Although I finished Uprooted 2 at my residency in May, I just got great photos last week of this piece so I thought I'd share.

Photography by Luke Anthony Photography

Photography by Luke Anthony Photography

Photography by Luke Anthony Photography

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Uprooted 3: Growth

I started Uprooted 3: Growth while at Blueberry View Artist's Retreat, and I have just finished it last week.  I love making the beaded tendrils and parts of the woodworking, but the sanding and finish work I tend to procrastinate on.  Lucky for me, Luke of Luke Anthony Photography could squeeze me in this week for professional photos of a few of my pieces.  This is the first of posting his awesome photos:

It's secondary name is "growth" because that word really represents my artwork from 3 years ago to now, lots of growth, in my work, as an artist and within myself.  I have had things come up in my life recently that have caused me extreme amounts of stress.  In the past few weeks I have had a lot of personal growth and it feels like a wave has washed over me.  I am calmer than I have been and I am getting my focus and excitement back and centered around my art.

The next two photos I took, because I thought it was unfair to do this post without showing that this piece can also hang on the wall.  When I had finished Uprooted 2: Big Ugly, I had wished that I could hang it on the wall.  I like it fine as a free-standing sculpture, but I always like options.  Uprooted 3 easily lent itself to hanging on the wall with it's flat bottom, so it wasn't a lot of extra work to consider making a small nail-hole.  

This particular piece wasn't growing on me very quickly at first, but I have to say, there was an immediate sense of satisfaction when I put it up on my living-room wall this morning.  I think I will be admiring it from here for a little bit.  It really comes out at you.

I need to thank everyone for their love and encouragement recently.  I know that sometimes posting to social media makes you feel like images and daily progress can go unnoticed, but between Instagram, Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn and Twitter I've had many lovely comments and encouragement to keep going and finish this (among other) pieces. Also a huge thanks to Luke for getting photos so quickly, my next few blog posts are going to be more beautiful with his eye behind the camera rather than mine.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Gold and Black St. Petersburg Chain Jewelry

When I blend in multiple colors together I usually just do a mix in one of the sections of my bead tray and pick up beads at random.  I decided to change up the fade from black to gold in this set of jewelry by utilizing the straight line angle that the St. Petersburg Chain stitch lends itself too.

I'm really enjoying the outcomes:

Necklace: $100

Bracelet: $40

Earrings $35

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Back to Beaded Jewelry: Teal Gold and Black set

I tend to go on a bit of a jewelry-making binge as holiday season comes up.  I decided to go with a combination of dark teal, dark gold and black this year.  Here are some of the new pieces that I have made.

Cluster Earrings $75.00

Leaf Bracelet $85.00

Bangles (left $95.00, right $75.00)

Double Pod Earrings $75.00

Lariat Necklace $240.00
3 Leaf Pendant $55.00
Tiny strip pod earrings $35.00
Pod Earring with pearl $50.00

Monday, October 6, 2014

Japan Vacation: Ending in Tokyo

We ended our last four days in Tokyo after our Japan Rail Pass was expired. There's lots to see still and we did lots of walking.

Fake-lace chain link, but still cool (the design was hooked in separate)

Window displays appreciating skeins

hovering flower window display

Traditional dress in front of Tiffany's

Heading out, we found a dance club! 

(pre-dance club)

Walking around the next day, I love the clean colors in Tokyo.

Outside the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo

I bought a book of this painter, LOVE his animals.

The floor of the museum, I couldn't help it, I'm inspired by the inlay.

Beautiful gold foiled panels.

So much anime in Electronic Town, this was a bunch of girls dressed as characters, it was in an outdoor expo sort of area.

Back to Ueno park, we hit the Zoo.

Subway art.

Characters decorating parking meters.

Tokyo Dome

Golden Gai.

So long Tokyo, until we meet again.