Wednesday, November 27, 2013

And the spirals continue!

For yesterday's challenge day, I went a little nuts making spiral bases. I love the new design and want to make more more more. I managed to finish one pair, but will be busy-ing away on some more today.

touch of reggae nautilus spirals

And yesterday offered a bonus canvas.

red sky in the morning
Sometimes I feel like painting is a lot like writing poetry. Was it Robert Frost who said that a good poem is not finished, it is abandoned. I definitely don't feel like this canvas is finished yet. I know for sure I want more orange, but not sure where else it will go. We shall see!

10 days down, 5 more to go!

Monday, November 25, 2013

Earring Challenge Weekend

Apologies for the delayed post, but the weekend didn't allow for much blog time. I have new earrings to share, though. And I have a new design! *happy dance*

Here's the roll call:

Day 7

I decided to try my hand at some simple dream catchers. I'm not totally convinced by these, but it was a pair of earrings done.

pajaro catchers

Day 8!

For day 8, I decided to try dream catchers again. But, I cut my wrap thread a little too long, so I ended up with something that looked more like a constellation. Interesting, but I'm not totally convinced by these earrings either.

fire constellation catchers

Day 9!

For day 9, I had a little more time to play with beads, so I decided to experiment with a spiral design I'd been playing around with in my head. I love how simple yet pretty these little spirals are. They remind me of nautilus shells.

aqua nautilus spirals

Day 10! (That's today!)

I've got a full plate today, and am not sure if an earring is going to happen. So, I decided to start work on today's earrings last night and finish them early this morning. Maybe fudges a little bit on the timeline, but I'm happy to have some earrings done, just in case. For today we have a cute pair of half mandala earrings and more nautilus spirals.

complicated creamsicle dangles

neon nautilus spirals

Thanks for continue to follow the earrings challenge. Comments are always welcome and appreciated!

9 days down, 6 days to go!

Friday, November 22, 2013

Challenge Day 6!

Yesterday was another rough day for the earring challenge. I looked at the clock, it was nearly 9 pm, and I had nothing but some cut pieces of wire. I was really tired and unmotivated, but I pushed through. And, these earrings were the result.

touch of purple dangles
I was truly channeling "fake it, 'til you make it" last night. And knowing that I needed a pair of earrings to post on this blog really helped me push through. Thanks to all of you who check in on this blog and leave comments about the challenge pieces. You truly are my motivation right now.

6 days down, 9 to go...

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Earring a Day Challenge, Day 5!

Yesterday was a super-busy day, so I wasn't sure if I would get my earring in. I managed to find a couple hours before having dinner with friends to play with my seed beads. I decided to pull 5 colors at random again to see what I got. I pulled black, gray, brown, royal blue, and turquoise. Considering that I've been working with really bright colors lately, this was not looking good. I tried to think of things that I knew that had that color combination. What I eventually settled on channeling was the peahen.

While missing the grand plumage of the much photographed peacock, the peahen is just as majestic in her own right. After all, she is the one all that grandstanding is meant to impress.

peahen dangles
These are colors I seldom use, but I love how these earrings turned out.

5 days down, 11 days to go...

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Earring a Day Challenge Part 4

For challenge day four, I stuck with my seed beads. These little neon wonders came into the world during a pretty quiet shift at work.

ocean sunset dangles
These ocean sunset dangles came about from pulling random bead colors from a bag. I really like the way they turned out. I will definitely be doing the random colors game again.

skittles dangles
These skittles dangles, believe it or not, came during a serious sweet tooth moment. I didn't get any skittles, but ice cream was on deck.

Let's see what today will bring!

4 days down, 11 days to go....

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Earring a Day Challenge, Day 3

Yesterday I got the chance to have an art play date with my good friend Pamela. She's a fabulous painter, mixed media artist, and photographer. Check her out here.

We listened to disco funk and let the creative move. Pamela worked on a sequined Guadalupe collage, and I created these fun little half mandala earrings.

disco dangles

twist of lime dangles
Last night was a blast, and I hope to have another art play date soon.

3 days down, and 12 more to go....

Monday, November 18, 2013

Earring a Day Challenge, Day 2

Happy Monday, everyone!

I'm happy to check-in today with my earrings from yesterday. I'm definitely in thread-wrap mode.

purple with white triangle dangles

I really like the simplicity of the form in these earrings. The line design is a bit complex, but the earrings themselves are fairly neutral.

yay, line play!
I also really like the white triangle accent.

And, wouldn't you know, I got another bonus yesterday! Two, actually.


I started these canvases yesterday morning while listening to the lovely Esperanza Spalding. Maybe it was the music, or maybe it was the fakin' it, but I really felt some great creative energy while painting these. They're not quite finished yet, but I'm excited to see how they develop.

So far so good!

2 days down, 13 days to go...

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Earring a Day Challenge

Ahoi hoi beaders and art enthusiasts!

I have a bit of a confession to make. While I have sketched many new ideas on paper, I have not made a new pair of earrings in a month. It's a little disheartening, as I love making jewelry and find a great deal of comfort in it. Sometimes the muse just isn't there. But, I'm a firm believer in "fake it, 'til you make it". So, I'll be challenging myself to make a pair of earrings everyday until the end of this month. I'll be posting the results here on the blog to hold myself accountable. I've done "earring a day" challenges before, and have found them to be deeply rewarding. The push to make something, anything, even if it's bad, is just the thing to get the creative mojo going.

Here's the pair I whipped up for day one of the challenge:

Tropical Tango Hoops
I made these late last night, and had so much fun. It was the first time in a while that I didn't feel pressure to make something that would "sell". Instead, I enjoyed experimenting with the thread and let go of the result.

Tropical Tango Hoops
I love big bright earrings, so these neon hoops are right up my alley. I think I'll be wearing them quite a bit :)

And if making a pair of earrings wasn't enough, last night also gifted me with a bonus canvas.

Random Rainbows 1

I'm so glad that I've started this personal challenge. I can't wait to see what else comes forth.
1 day down, 14 days to go.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

A Poem for a Rainy Thursday

Lately my days have been spent working and not doing very much art. The muse is on vacation. But, I do try to write a bit everyday, just to keep the energy of art in my being. Here's a poem I've been working on called "Rorschach". I'd love to know what you think.

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