Sunday I leave to my very first artist's residency at Blueberry View Artists Retreat. I've been making myself anxious thinking about all the items I have to take to be able to work on the Uprooted series. I have been working on beaded tendrils and had hoped to have the really long one done before I left, but it's got about 7 more inches and I've got a bunch of packing and cleanup to do before I go, so we'll see. It's the tendril on the left in the above picture. Uprooted 1 has 3 large tendrils and 2 tiny ones. My current roots may be a little larger, so I'm not very far in to making all the tendrils I want, but it's a start.
I have about 4 roots and pieces of wood packed to work on. I think this may be setting my sights too high for only two weeks, but I'm not sure which root is going to go with the tendrils that I've already made, so it's best to be prepared.
To relax, but keep beading, I have been making leaves, of all sizes and colors, for future leaf panels. When I do sit down to start in on a panel it's less overwhelming if I have a stockade of leaves to start laying out. In making various sized leaves, I made the above tiny earrings. This neon red color has really struck me lately, as you may have noticed in the previous hexagon set. So I made a tiny set that's only 1.3 inches long from the top of the earwire to the bottom tip of the leaf This style is only $35.00.
I love piling my tendrils and taking photo details of them. I have ideas for some even more involved beaded pieces with this in mind. We'll see how long it takes for that to come to fruition! I can only bead so long per day before my shoulder starts clicking and my fingers can't hold tight anymore.