Thursday, March 13, 2014

Bead Soup Update

I'm absolutely stoked about exchanging beads with yet another amazingly talented Bead Soup partner....I don't know how the Lori Anderson manages to pair people up so expertly, but she's a genius in the beaders matchmaking department!!

This year's partner is the multi-talented Helen Simon from Louisiana.  Here's one of her bead listings from her ETSY store -- stunning, right??!

I have to admit when I first saw Helen's website I was gobsmacked, as my dear Aussie friends would say.  There was absolutely no way I could send her any of my humble lampworked beads, and my fusing kiln is on the fritz so creating a fused glass focal or two was out of the question.  SO -- I dug deep into my private stash of beads that I've collected over the years, and chose a very special one that I hope Helen likes.

There are a couple of requirements that Lori sets forth for the Bead Soup exchanges which can sometimes be challenging:
     1.  You must send and use the focal and clasp that your partner sends you
     2.   Send beads/items that are different from what your partner typically works with

Helen's work is bold, vibrant and fun, fun, fun.  Like me, she's not afraid of using color and lots of it!  So.....putting together a package that would be different meant (to me) that I'd better tone things down a bit.  Without sharing too many details, here's a pixelated photo of what I sent to my charming Bead Soup buddy, Helen -- I certainly hope she likes it and am excited to see what she creates.  I'll publish a real photo of what I sent after I receive my package from Helen, so stay tuned!


Friday, February 14, 2014

Happy Valentine's Day

"Hearts on Fire"
- SOLD -

Happy Valentine's Day!  Or if you're single and not happy about it, then Happy Single's Awareness Day aka SAD...and if you're Single, Proud of it and Amazing, then Happy SPA Day.  Whatever your current status, I hope you have a wonderful day filled with love and happiness!

Sunday, February 9, 2014

It's Bead Soup Time Again!

Now that the 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge is over, I'm excited to announce another favorite challenge that I try to do annually.  2014 marks the year of the 8th Annual Bead Soup party and I'm in!!  This will be my 4th time participating and I'm thrilled to participate again.

What is "bead soup?"  Well, to begin with it's the brainchild of the amazing Lori Anderson who somehow manages to organize and orchestrate this colorful event and does it seamlessly.  Interested beaders and jewelry makers sign up and are then assigned the name of another participant.  The two participants each create a package of beads that include a focal and a clasp and send them to each other.  The idea is to challenge yourself to use colors/products/styles that you aren't familiar with to see what special designs you can make, and the only rule of the event is that you must use the focal and the clasp you are sent.

I love to "jump outside of the box" and have been paired with some of the best bead buddies ever including Karen Williams, Karyn Bonfiglio and Dot Lewallwn.  If you want to see some incredible beading and jewelry art, be sure to check out their work!

Today was the sign-up date for this fun event, and soon Lori will be pairing us with our new Bead Soup partner.  Stay tuned for updates -- this afternoon I'm going to go through my drawer of lampworked beads and findings to put together a unique package for my soon-to-be revealed bead buddy!

Friday, January 31, 2014

30 Day Painting Challenge Completed -- Win A FREE Painting!!

Thank you again for following my progress on my 3rd 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge.  To celebrate the completion of this challenge and get ready for Valentine's Day, I'm going to be giving away one painting from the series (your choice) to a lucky winner.

All you have to do is:

1. Click HERE and press the "like" button on my FaceBook page
2. Share this post on your page
3. Leave a comment below telling me you have done so.
4. That's it! Winner will be chosen at random on 2/10/2014. I'll even ship it for free within the US.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Finite! 30 Abstract Figurative Paintings in 30 Days

Collage of the 30 Paintings I completed in 30 Days
The 30 Paintings in 30 Days challenge is over and I must say I am thrilled I completed it despite a LOT of things that were going on around me.  When I decided to do the challenge (my 3rd) I originally planned on doing abstracts again.  Then I thought I wanted to paint animals in a fun, more illustrative manner.  But a voice inside said "go for the abstract figures" which had always been challenging for me, and I'm glad I listened. 

I didn't want to concentrate on features as much as I wanted to test my ability to paint forms and the various squiggle lines just sort of happened midway through the process......I had recently taken a Reiki class and wanted to portray energy with the figures.  I'm still not sure about using the lines around the shapes vs. using accent lines, but will have to wait and see.

I enjoyed mixing up some new favorite colors too!  I normally use Golden and Lukas paints but pulled out some old Matisse acrylics from Australia and started blending all three brands with each other.  One of my favorite blends was Matisse Southern Ocean Blue with Golden Primary Yellow or Indian Yellow which turned into a rich pea green.  Another mix was Golden Dioxazine Violet with Matisse Australian Sienna and Utrecht Bright White.  Blending complements with white and playing with the amounts of each color made me feel like a chemist and I loved the rich neutral colors that appeared.

Truth be told, I'm relieved the challenge is over and now I can play catch-up with some of the things that have slipped by the wayside (ie getting taxes ready for the accountant, cleaning house, and organizing my garage/studio).  During this time I also moved my studio out of the ArtHouse and needed to find room for all the things I had been storing there.  I'm feeling rather unsettled with my home and my garage studio being a mess.

This morning after the last panel was posted I went to pack up all the paints and organize the studio but instead I found myself sketching out three figurative scenes on three 20" x 20" canvases.   I guess I just can't help myself.....painting is just in my blood!!

Let's Go - Day 30 of 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge

"Let's Go"
8.5" x 7"
Acrylic on gessoed upcycled cardboard

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Eve - Day 29 of 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge

8.5" x 7"
Acrylic on upcycled gessoed cardboard

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Monday, January 27, 2014

Sunday, January 26, 2014