|Here's a photo of the 2nd bracelet using the lovely silver clasp Karyn sent me. It goes perfectly with the silver medallion centerpiece on the pendant, which sports an engraving of a Trumpet Vine flower!|
Friday, April 12, 2013
So today is the big unveiling day for the 7th Annual Bead Soup Exchange, and my exchange partner this year was the multi-talented artist/jewelry designer/bead maker Karyn Lewis Bonfiglio. Click here to see the beautiful beads Karyn sent me to work with, and you can see the beads I sent her.
click over to Karyn's site to see what she made with the beads I sent, and then continue checking out the rest of the offerings by clicking 7th Annual Bead Soup Exchange - 2nd Reveal .
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
"Dancing with the Stars"
20" x 20"
Acrylic on canvas
I'm often asked where I come up with the titles for my paintings and I have to tell you the names just pop into my mind. It usually happens right before it's time to say "stop" and with this particular painting, the title was screaming to be born.
I have never watched the popular TV show "Dancing with the Stars" before. I'm not a dancer....in fact I feel like a bull in a china shop on the dance floor and haven't danced in years. Yet this phrase kept making itself known as I was putting the finishing touches on this piece that I had started at my SF workshop a couple of weeks ago.
So I tell myself I need to go with the name because it's what my "Muse" wants me to do. And there's nothing worse than a pouting Muse......so here's the last painting in my purple series (for now). I suppose if you really look closely at the drips on the right, you can sort of maybe see a couple of dancers with their arms wrapped around each other, dancing in the moonlight underneath the stars....or not!
Friday, April 5, 2013
The reveal for the 7th Bead Soup Exchange is nearly here and I'm embarrassed that I'm so behind in keeping you up to date on everything. First of all, let me tell you about my exchange buddy, Karyn Lewis Bonfiglio from South Bend, Indiana. Karyn has a BFA in fine art and is a freelance jewelry designer and illustrator. She creates these fabulous earthy, organic polymer beads and has a blog called Plus Size Bangles
In addition to designing jewelry and beautiful beads, Karyn is an amazing illustrator!! Here's one of her illustrations.....isn't this young lass just lovely?
I had a really tough time deciding whether to go with something ornate and floral-looking; or an ocean/beach theme or just embrace the beauty of the organic shapes and designs. Unfortunately, I'm afraid you'll have to wait until next week to find out.......our magnificent hostess Lori Anderson took ill and had to postpone the reveal until next Saturday, April 13th. We're all sending good juju to Lori wishing for a quick and full recovery.
So before I sign off, here's a photo of my humble bead offerings I sent to Karyn. I'm excited to see what she makes with these little guys......the focal is a lampworked glass bi-cone bead that is annealed and etched along with another etched glass bead, and a bunch of "support" beads.