loved the illustration for March 2014! This so perfectly captured the
way that winter was still lingering around here. The birds have come
back and are slightly confused by the cold and the snow, but twittering
excitedly and showing off their pretty plumage!
made me think of how I longed to leave this frozen wasteland. I have a
taste for travel and it just isn’t going away. Of course, I don’t have
the wherewithal to travel at will, so I had to travel in my mind, and
birds are the perfect image for that, flying off at a moment’s notice.
release a limited edition bird pendant a few times a year. This seemed
like the perfect choice! I was inspired by tribal patterns and bright
colors that I was seeing everywhere and it inspired me to create a new
series that I am calling Wanderlust.
will be offering this very limited edition bird on my site as well as
some other pieces in the same style (you can see them in my sponsor graphic in the left column). They are impressed with stamps that
I carved myself in all sorts of geometric and tribal
shapes and painted with a totally different patina that gives them their
bright palette and shiny finish. A complete departure from what I usually do, but I quite like the effect!
painting by Degas is a very apropos choice for me in April. You see, my
own Tiny Dancer performs her big show in April each year. She does
jazz, tap, modern and ballet. And this year is the first year that she
was en pointe! So while she didn’t have a costume that looked like this,
every time I see this painting, I think of her twirling on the tips of
love the way Degas captured the ethereal nature of those tutus. I can
almost hear them swishing as a dancer waiting in the wings. The tulle
made me think of lace, and I loved the seafoam green with the flecks of
peach and black. An unexpected color choice, but very rich and very now!
knowing my own Tiny Dancer, I can tell you that there is no more joyful
experience than that of the dance. This piece is my homage to her and
her fellow corps de ballet.
grabbed me immediately on seeing this landscape, was the strength of
the tower and the graceful arches of the bridge. I am not sure that I
will ever see the great structures of Europe, but I imagine that they
still look like this, as if plucked from the past, immortal. I find it
fascinating the engineering that goes into making these grand
structures, how each brick was carefully placed by hand.
think about the foundation of my own designs. They are built around
something strong and appealing, usually colorful and unique. But often
it is the little bricks, the smaller beads that make the piece stand the
test of time.
brick inspired pieces that work together as the foundation of a design
or perhaps stand alone as a unique element. I always struggle with beads in polymer clay that have too tiny holes or that lose their shape from the piercing. I think I solved that with a vinyl core for more of a big hole bead, each set with unique markings and colored and antiqued for that weather brick aging. Yes, they look good enough to eat! But I hope that they will lay the foundation to some wonderful designs.