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Monday, April 30, 2007

Work juried into Bead Dreams '07


I just got my acceptance letter today :o)

I read and re-read the contract and I think I'm fine showing you which set I'm sending off to them tomorrow. All they ask is that you do not submit the work to another publisher for one year after the close of the show. If anyone knows different, please let me know asap. Thanks gals...and guys... *g*

Saturday, April 28, 2007

Three adjectives...

If you could use only three adjectives to describe your work, what would they be? My three just came to me (in the shower of course)...they are "soft, natural and sparkle y." I don't try to make my work look like any of these...it's just what comes out of me...over and over again...

I was looking over my "links" page on my site. I do that from time to time to make sure all of the links work still. Victoria Hughes (who used to live here in Albuquerque and then in Santa Fe) is working on a new site. When she was here in NM, she was learning how to use hypnotherapy (from a fine institution in Santa Fe) to help artist's find their own voice. I was lucky enough to serve as one of her first "guinea pigs." And how lucky I was...to be in the right place at the right time. I think of her often and how I still carry that "stone in my pocket." I check for it and it's still there...as soft, natural and sparkle y as ever.

From what I can tell from her new site, it appears that she has moved back east. I think her parents (or her mom) live there. We miss her here in NM.

Friday, April 27, 2007

As of today...


I've worked on these off and on for 3 days. I'm almost afraid to get them near any paint...

Friday, April 20, 2007

Beads after gilding, painting...

You're gonna have to go to flickr to see...sorry to tease you :o) I try to spread out my photos between here and there.

Thursday, April 19, 2007

Before paint...




I needed to take a picture of this set before any paint or antiquing application. I want to learn to limit how much paint I use as I tend to get way too engrossed in it and then it's too late! I can always add more paint later and like they say anyway "less is more!" Another thing I always say to myself as I work is "keep it simple, stupid!" *g*

I also thought I would show you a few pictures of what my clay table looks like at the moment...

Thursday, April 12, 2007

Added to my list...and new beads :o)


I've added a 7th rule to my list:

7. If you publish a tutorial, be as sure as you can that no one else has published the same or nearly the same tutorial first. You don't want to be accused of riding other's coattails.

A lesson that I learned from Sarah Shriver...never judge your work until you are done with the piece. When I took a workshop with her (the only one I've ever taken, btw), I was only in the first steps of making my intricate Kaleidoscope cane. I hated how it looked and whined to Sarah. She said something like, "I think it will look cool, just keep going..."

At the end I loved how the cane turned out. I was reminded of her when I finished these. Everyone that has seen them so far seems to like them the best of the new flora beads...