Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Art Bead Scene - October

Below is the picture we used for October inspiration...since I am a purple person...I was drawn right in!

"Autumn" 1944 
by Milton Avery
27"  x 35"
Oil on Canvas
About the Art
Milton Avery is a sensitive colorist and designer of two-dimensional patterns in the tradition of Matisse, particularly, though infrequently reminding of Braque and Picasso without the latter's intensity. It is doubtful, however, whether Avery, in terms of content, is saying enough with his color beyond revealing the sophistication of his tastes in dealing with beauty on an abstract basis.
He gives us color and elegant expanse of shape relating to nature, but he denies us the telling detail that humanizes the universal statement. And strangely, in doing so, he loses both universality and the particular.
His landscapes, like his figures, are generally effective decorations of the picture surface in terms of flat, often interlocking shapes of attractive color. But their basically decorative nature is revealed if one thinks of an American painter with a similar desire for directly stated pattern.

So for my piece...I have been playing around with knotting and decided to give it a try. On my craft table was this beautiful purple Gin Blossom, made by Jeannie at JKD Studio just begging to be used...so I created this bracelet for me to wear using wooden beads in the colors with waxed cotton thread....I know my knots aren't great...I am still working on them...but I gave it a whirl with a button closure...I know I still need to tweak it a bit...but I wanted to get posted before the dead line...Hope you enjoy it!

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Octoberfest 2014

Hi everyone and welcome to the Third Annual Octoberfest hosted by Toltec Jewels. This year I did several pieces. Some earrings, bracelets, rings, and necklaces. 

The first one is the most recent one that I made. It is almost choker style. I used foam table scatter for the leaves, then I used buttons and glass "leaves" and acrylic "pumpkin" beads for the dangles. I also made matching earrings. 

The next one is a necklace...the orange is kinda light, but the overall appearance looks fall to me.

Then I kinda cheated and used a Swarovski pendant and crystals and made a simple necklace.

Next is a fall colored necklace using acrylic and glass beads trying out a loop technique...

And last...some bracelets, earrings, and a ring.

I will soon be posting these in my Etsy Store, Dontforgetthememory.

So as much as I like fall, I am ready to move on into the holidays and snow and ice and cold!  I hope you enjoyed my offerings for fall....check out Toltec Jewels link for more goodies. And until next time....

God bless and Keep beading...


Saturday, October 18, 2014

8th Do Over Challenge Reveal - Oct 2014

It is time for Jeannie's 8th Jewelry Do Over Challenge. Jeannie of Jewelry By Jennie does what is called a jewelry do over where she sends us a piece of jewelry that she made back in the day, then we take it apart and redo it into something else.

This is my 2nd do over I think and I love doing them. The piece I got from Jennie is shown first. Her pieces are always cute and I have a hard time taking them apart. These cute little stones are called calcite and they have a really earthy vibe to them for me.

So for my first piece, I happened to have some copper wire on the table and they just seemed to gravitate towards the beads.  Then I found some warm white faux pearls. I put them all together and let the love begin.

While the pictures don't do justice, the piece just radiates warmth. All the chain and wire wrapping and hooks were done by me by hand or on the my wrapping jig. I used some warm bronze size 8 glass seed beads as accent with the pearls and calcite. I even made earrings. I know they look like a person....lol..but they aren't.

For my second piece I used the rest of the calcite beads and teapot with some red silk beads and grey tone fauz pearls. I used silver tone size 8 glass seed beads as spacers. While the earrings look alike, there are two different styles.

I hope you enjoyed my new pieces. For more you can jump over to Jeannies  for more goodies.  Til next time.

Enjoy the day the Lord has given you!


Thursday, October 16, 2014

We Are All Ears - October 2014

This months challenge comes from marbleized paper. Which I love as I am a '60s child....But anyway, the designers chosen by Erin were:

Galen Berry is a renowned American marbleizer who has a very informative website. I also discovered an artist from the UK named Jemma Lewis who makes beautiful patterns and swirls of colors. I couldn't select just one, so I decided that two collages would be a better option so that you could choose the one (or more!) that speaks most to you. Be sure to check out their websites for more beauties!

While I like Jemma Lewis's marbleized papers...I really fell for Galen Berry. Hers remind me of the "psychedelic" colors and designs of the 60's.

I really couldn't decide on a specific design so I went with color....and since I am a purple freak...I used purple and aqua  in my earrings. It is hard to see, but the disk hanging in the middle is purple and aqua swirls. The beads are deep aqua and purple. 

I had so many ideas and not enough time...for more beauties head over to We Are All Ears

And thanks for looking...these will soon be in my Etsy store.


Friday, October 10, 2014

A Personal Photo Challenge - Still Life

When I saw the heading, I was like...yeah, no problem....I take them all the time, and most of us do.  BUT...then I got to reading the different instructions and helpful hints and realized I was one of those point and shoot people. Which isn't a bad thing...but there is a little more to still life photos.

I read about all the indoor stuff and the out door stuff and was really wondering what I would take a picture of for the challenge.  I have been keeping my eyes open, trying to figure it out, when out of the blue...the perfect opportunity dropped in my lab.

My husband had gone out side to do some work on the car and our dog, Miss Penelope, decided to go out and lay in the grass..Well I ran back inside and got my camera and started taking pictures.Of course I couldn't get her to look at me....but I moved around her and over her and then my son laid on the ground and took one "up" of her. I made sure my camera was in outdoor mode and made sure the flash was off.

This first set of pictures are the "raw" ones I took to try and get the "perfect photo"
Of course I couldn't get to close or my shadow would have been in the picture.

This second set is where I took the "raw" pictures and cropped, soft zoom, and framed them out. I really like how they turned out and may print some for my kids albums and to put on the wall. She is 12 so I don't expect her to be around forever!

Hope you enjoyed see my sweet Miss P. For more great pics you can hop over to A Personal Photo .Challenge