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!
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!
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
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...