Friday, October 10, 2014

Art Jewelry!

October 2014 Peace Dove Necklace
August 2014 Rose Dove Necklace

After my last post, I received a few inquiries regarding my jewelry pieces. Today I decided to post a couple of necklaces where the icons were used in construction. They are one of a kind. Many of the parts are donated, found or purchased at flea markets. I am constantly on the lookout for vintage beads or icons. This gives me an excuse to visit small town antique shops and county fairs. I also use them in bracelets and hope to include some in my earrings soon. Sometimes they sell off my body! I hope you have a passion and find the means to pursue it heartily!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Art should be fun!

Love Symbols

While I am continuing to work on my portraits, I try daily to work on art for fun! These little jewelry pieces are one of those things. They are drawn off in this photo. A few have the first coat of paint applied. It takes two of these 300# watercolor hearts to create one heart (front and back). Once painted, they are cut out, glued together, holes are drilled and edges are filed. They are sealed with an insulation coat of soft gloss and then varnished to make them waterproof. As you have deduced by now, they are labor intensive and a work of love! Once finished, I incorporate them into necklaces, bracelets and rosaries. These are signed little artworks!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Sunday, December 15, 2013

A Blessing for all!

My third custom made Rosary   

I created this rosary using 7mm Lapis Lazuli Beads, Luster Rose Petal Prayer Beads,
Holy Spirit Dove Centerpiece and Splendor Crucifix using German Style Gold Wire
with skills acquired in Rosary Making Group through my church. I am so grateful to 
all those who shared their skills that I might participate in this lasting legacy.

Hail Mary, full of grace,
more holy than the Saints, 
more elevated than the heavens, 
more glorious than the Angels,
and more venerable than every creature.
Hail immaculate temple of the Lord,
constructed in a holy fashion,
ornament of divine magnificence,
open to everyone, 
an oasis of mystical delicacies.
Hail urn of purest gold,
who contained the manna Christ,
the gentle sweetness of our souls.
Hail most pure virgin Mother,
worthy of praise and veneration,
fount of gushing waters,
treasure of innocence,
and splendor of sanctity.
O Mary, lead us to the port of peace and salvation,
to the glory of Christ
who lives in eternity
with the Father and with the Holy Spirit.
-St. Germanus of Auxerre

Friday, December 13, 2013

May Peace reign this season!

The end result of the Holy Spirit's work in our lives is deep and lasting peace. Unlike world peace, this peace is confident assurance in any circumstance; with Christ's peace, we have no need to fear the present or the future. If your life is full of stress, allow the Holy Spirit to fill you with Christ's peace.

"Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid." John 14:27

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

What does your Art achieve?

I want to recommend a book to fellow artists out there entitled  "Art & Fear-Observations On the Perils (and Rewards) of Artmaking" written by David Bayles & Ted Orland. One of the sticking points for me were three simple questions to ask. They are as follows:

1st: What was the artist trying to achieve?
2nd: Did he/she succeed?
3rd: Was it worth doing?

Below is a work I completed while trying to deal with the pain of loss. I think I understand my loss better now that it is put into visual form, so yes I feel I succeeded. Was it worth doing? Absolutely! I hope it helps others to visualize their pain!
The weather has finally cooled somewhat here in Texas and I hope to go back into my studio soon. I would like to thank all of you who stop in to read my blog. Art really is priceless to the right person. Hope your fall season is full of crisp nights and colorful days...

Saturday, October 5, 2013

"Tribute to Mac - One Great Dog"

The Ghost of a great dog resides within my studio.
His breathing beats within my aching heart.
I can almost hear the thump of his tail as my brush swipes thru the veil.
Oh, to feel that velvet fur or to gaze into those chocolate eyes would please my heart anew...

but the crows are back
and reality seeps through.
Never again, never again will that Muse rise with you. 
 March 23, 2000 - Sept 16, 2013