Thursday, March 31, 2011

thank you

I am honored when one of my pieces sells.
I am touched when someone reaches out to share a compliment of my work.
I am even more humbled when they take the time to add my work to a treasury.
And it humbles me even more, at the amazing number of them that include me.

here are a few from the last week or so.

This one includes my 'Birds on a Wire' Necklace.. i love how she brought the old antique phones in, as well.
see this treasury HERE



the curator of this one left me a message saying "thanks for the inspiration and distraction'... and i know just what she means.. once you start looking, etsy has a way of drawing you into it's pages

see this treasury HERE



a little fungi for you

see this treasury  HERE



and then there's odd ones like this. it's dragon themed. and the ring i made uses dragon skin turquoise. a little bit of a stretch but i like those who think outside the box.
see this treasury  HERE

oh how i love dali. he suits my moods.
see this treasury HERE


not bad for how much time i've spent away from my studio lately.
I have always said that as long as art and music were the top two time-takers in my life
that it didn't matter which order they came in.
but it's nice to have art back on top for a while.
but the music never stops either!

 i went all out in the studio last night.
I love the paisley that i wear these days and i have been wanting to make more
ever since i finished that one.
so i've been collecting and drawing paisleys for months now
and i started a couple more yesterday.
here is a sneak peak at one of them that will be a necklace...
it's just out of it's acid bath from many solderings
and still has more details dying to be added.
the watermelon tourmaline that is sitting on top will be riveted into place
and i'm thinking of adding a couple tube set stones too.


cheers

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sj*
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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

she wears an egyptian ring..

It feels like Spring today
outside.
Inside is another story, 
but not one for today.



I spent the morning letting the outside know that i cared.
I pulled weeds and raked leaves.
I re-mulched the flower beds so they have the support they need
in these next few weeks of funny weather.






I added some color and guidance in the form of sculpture
and finally fixed the electric dog fence so that my neighbors don't have
unexpected visitors outside of their windows
yelling for their friends to come out and play.











I took a walk to the pond to check on the Beaver Family.
They are such a conflict for me.  I really wish that we could all live in harmony.
But just one bite of my dogs and...





I am celebrating a birthday soon. 
I think a vacation is in order.
I know i could really use one.
someplace warm.. 
and quiet.
and far.


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sj*
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Monday, March 28, 2011

make me an angel...

i endure in order to equalize..
sealing the store on the fate of death.
and like the phoenix
i'll rise.
i'll rise.

on my way to city again to see someone else play this time... one of my favorite bands


she is so regal that empire state...


almost to radio city...

one love



crimson, white and indigo


as good as the camera phone gets with such bright stage lights, but that's elvis costello, larry cambell, diana krall, and theresa williams on stage with Furthur putting on the most amazing show i've seen in a while

...

I have lost some good friends this year, even though they are all still "alive".
The hardest lesson for me to learn in this lifetime, is that sometimes good people
make bad decisions.

It's hard to know who the villains are
when everyone's so pretty.

But I did have a great homemade dinner with some old friends recently
and it reminded me that sometimes people fall away,
but it doesn't mean they're lost.
We all get caught up in the chaos of life but it's up to each of us to slow it down,
and reach out a hand,
and say hello again.






I find that the artists mind works in very methodical ways.
Not truly calculated or even sensical,
but habitual and yet intuitive.
It relies on pushing forward and finding new ways to look at old things.
And I really believe that as long as we don't force it to stay with what we know,
what we hold on to as comfortable,
that the newness is the healthiest way to continue to create.

I have always been a one of a kind artist.
I find it boring and mundane to make the same thing that I just created
in the exact same way, with just a color change or  something else so trivial.
It's like going backwards, 
instead of moving forwards.
I know there are many out there who like to take something they love
and recreate it over and over, trying to perfect it each time
so that it can be shared over and over again by 
so many people.

I just don't view that same feeling of creation.
I know when something is enough.
I know when I've done all I can do for a piece
and it is time to let it go.
I don't need to do it again.
I have tried and it's never as satisfying as the first time.
I start to see flaws, and imperfections
in the second try.
I start to view it as work and not love.
I start to resent the way the materials might want to move in a different direction
with no rhyme or reason as to why they would stray from the design.
I start to question the original intention.

And to me,
that is not art.
That is not freedom.
That is surely not love.

And it's just not me.

Here's to being me...
and loving every minute of it.

I hope you find the time to do the same....




love. love. love.
sj*

Thursday, March 24, 2011

sweet music to soothe the soul

The Band had a slew of shows this week.  We were in big city's
including The City but also played on St. Patty's Day at a favorite 
spot of mine here in the little town I live in.  It was nice to play for
the locals I know in a spot I love.  
The City is always such a buzz of energy, life, lights, smut and smells.
The only problem with being on the stage is that I don't get to take as
many pictures... small consequence.  Fortunately I can hand my camera
to a good friend for the stage shots.






...and now it's time to rest and get back in the studio, finally!
Even when I'm only gone for a week it feels like forever.
Pictures to follow soon!

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sj*
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Wednesday, March 16, 2011

words ran away

to the tip of my tongue
and I up and let
them go.
Somethings we say
just get in the way
off what our hearts
really want us to know.

I am having a day. 
A day of, no,
a month of reflection.
So I took a walk in the forest that surrounds my house.

here is my journey:

























That last picture is not of trees, really.
It is of a nest in the trees.
A nest that I found out this weekend
belongs to a Peregrine Falcon couple.
That tree is in my front yard.

I think I may be on to something....


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sj*
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Friday, March 11, 2011

mama nature at her best

We have had a very vocal winter.
It has snowed, rained, sleeted, hailed, iced over and flooded
more this winter than the last several.
But somewhere in between the rain
and then the refreeze
some beautiful things happen.

I took these after pulling over on the side of the highway 
or else there would be many more up close
shots of the trees,
but wow...

the rain refroze around every blade, branch, stalk of everything along the road  and made it shine like glitter.


i hope your weekend shines just as bright.
xo
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sj*
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