Wednesday, March 27, 2013

March Art Bead Scene Challenge

March Monthly Challenge

Deer In the Forest, 1911
Marc Franz
Oil on Canvas, 100.97 x 104.78 cm
Philips Collection, Washington DC, USA
(Please note this art is copyrighted and is to be used only as inspiration.)

About the Art
"Amidst and integrated with the form of the deer is a panoply of force lines and transparent planes; an underlying organization of these exists in the pattern of parallel diagonals moving downward from the right and left edge, meeting in the middle. A secondary pattern exists in the rectilinear planes of color on the left opposing circular patterns on the right. while a blue mountain is absent, a smaller triangle encloses two of the deer; it and the blue tree at the left edge provide an uplifting quality. Contrasting the blue is the intense red throughout the center of the picture, oranges at top and bottom, and the feathery black in the upper right.
The all-over organization of the canvas uniting animal to landscape, diminishes the heroism of the animal subject as depicted by Marc in 1911. Supporting Marc's latest conception of the world was Wilhelm Ostwald's theory of energy, in which matter is considered illusory. Only energy lines reveal appearance such as it is. In Deer in the Forest, this conception results in an energized atmosphere of randomness and chaos. the sense of an inchoate environment demonstrates both Marc's feeling of the world as a whole and his developing urge to represent Creation, and aspiration that is present in the works of Wassily Kandinsky and Paul Klee."

This month's challenge inspired me with so many different ideas.  I am trying to use new techniques to help broaden my knowledge base.  The first two I tried didn't work out very well. So I decided to stay with what I could do for now.  I made this fun memory wire bracelet with the brown variegated brown stones centered between beads that picked up the primary colors in the picture.  

I enjoy these challenges as I like having to think and work outside my comfort zone!  Thanks ABS!


For more fab jewelry hop over to Art Bead Scene and click on current entries.

Sunday, March 24, 2013

I Heart Macro 3-24-2013

It was really hard to choose for this weeks...but I think I have three to share!

For more hop over to Studio Water Stone

Sunday, March 10, 2013

I Heart Macro - March 10, 2013

Awww that time again.  I wonder what tiny whimsy I can find....

In answer to last weeks "what am I"  it was in fact a tomato I had ripening on my porch...I think it went past the ripe stage.

This week...I went back into some of "older" pictures to see what I had.  I didn't get much of a chance to "snap" around for this weeks blog...but I have a few I think will impress.....

I had some reptilian pictures, but I decided to go with my mushroom pictures.  Where we lived in Orlando, the yards around the apartment buildings just "bloomed" with mushrooms...I had a field day taking pictures of them. So here is one set. I don't know what kind they are, but the top one seems to "glow" though I think that is because of my flash.  The second one is a side view.

So there you have it for this week. Til next week...

For more cool Macros hop over to Studio Waterstone 

Sunday, March 3, 2013

I Heart Macro - Mar 3

Wow, I can say since I started I Heart Macro I see life around me SOOOOO differently.  My eyes seems to see more of the "small" stuff around my house and world.  This is such a great idea.

Last week I posted a picture and asked people what it was.  Since I am strange like that I may do that every week!  From last week, I have the full picture below, it was the "eyes" on a red potato that had sat to long in my refrig.

Cool Huh?????

And the other orange one????? I is in my dads garden....

My macro's for this week, since I can never just have one are....

This is a Chickadee...he was flapping at my window yesterday and tweeting his little lungs out. When I looked I realized a squirrel was on the bird feeder.  I couldn't get over how he just hung on my window and stayed there while I shot these photos.

 This one is a bit blurry, but it is a redheaded woodpecker on my feeder.  It was awesome.  I just love watching the birds through my window. They are amazing to watch every day and which birds "bow" out to others. My dad says that shows the pecking order....

Now this is just way cool!  It is a caterpillar that was on the wall of my house (outside) It looks like it has eyes.....From what I can tell, it is a tent moth caterpillar.  But the design....what fun jewelry that would make!!!!

And I do have soooo many more, but I think I will keep them til next time...but my "what is it" picture...

Can you guess????? Til next week .....happy snapping!

Friday, March 1, 2013

Music Challenge 2

People can relate to the musicality of shapes... Painting is 'silent music'... Soft and hard edges are similar to loud and soft notes... Harmony, chords, pitch, rhythm, syncopation and timber can all be translated to the visual arts.
~Clyde Aspevig, painter

A month ago Erin one of our famous leaders, put out a challenge to create a piece with music as our inspiration. Of course I jumped on the bandwagon and off we went.  My problem is that I like a lot of different genres of music. A lot depends upon the type of mood I am in and if I want to rest or be energized.  

So I sat and went through my music...most of them had words even though usually I am only listening to the music...Anyway....being a 60's child and had marched to different drum...I noticed that I did have a love for very melodramatic music. I was a horror buff, LOVED Dark Shadows, and just really liked music that was uplifting.

Hence, in my minds eye I could see storm clouds, angry waves, huge white caps, strong winds, waves crashing on the rocks, lighthouses, and well, you get the picture.  So I started looking for music to fit this... Of course during that time my necklace was also coming together in my mind, though I knew what I wanted to create would be impossible because they don't make beads like that.

To make a long story short... I created a necklace to relate to my vision of a stormy sea with a light house.  The design underwent several changes and updates and even at the end I kept thinking more, more, more!!!!  I have included a link to the main themes music I was listening too as I put my necklace together. It is from a game my son was playing called Anno 2070. Haven't any idea what the game is about, but I loved the music.  I also included a link to the song, The Lighthouse sung by John Starnes, written by Rob Madden.  This song has a special place in my heart because it was favorite at my church in Orlando that was sung by Craig Stamper, our music director.  He was killed Sept 12, 2001.  He was driving his wife to be with her dad during his surgery in Georgia because she couldn't fly because of Sept 11. It was raining and he hydroplaned crossing over the median and into the path of a semi. He was killed almost instantly, his wife was seriously injured but lived.  

So there you have it. My music and now my creation

Full View

Close up showing the twisted wire waves, the black and white beads represent the rocks, sand and how they are all mixed together during a storm.

In this picture there are beads that are have "waves" coming out of them, the small beads between the "waves" are white and represent the white caps.  

In this shot, the rolled paper beads are pictures of a light house. It is hard to see, but it has a storm brewing around it also.

So there you have it.  The lighthouse paper beads were made by Janie Ames at Beads by Janie., The oblong rolled paper beads that I used in between a lot of the beads were made by Cheryl Tippett at Beads By Cheryl. The other beads and the ribbon I purchased at JoAnns at one time or the other and were sitting in my stash.

This was an interesting challenge for me and made me really step out of my box.

Thank you for taking this journey with me. For more musical journeys, hop on over to Erin's Link