For 2014, originally I wanted to try my hand at painting pictures with beads. I had taken two classes from Rena at Byzantium years ago and loved the technique. I've seem some fabulous pieces done by bead embroidery artist out there that just make my fingers itch. But then I thought that instead of doing twelve individual pieces each month, bead painting needed more commitment and time. I'm not throwing this idea out for 2014, but I decided to delay this project for later. I went down to the Art Cave and started opening draws of beads and supplies. Then I walked over to my wall of seed beads trying to get some inspiration. I walked back to my work desk, and randomly started opening draws handling some cabochons that I'd hoarded over the years. As if a spark bit my finger and coursed up my arm, I had the inspiration to take some of my prized cabochons, lampwork beads, seed beads, and other items I'd bought and lovingly put away for that "rainy day". How many of us have tons of beads or fabrics or fibers hoarded away locked away in drawer, boxes or closets saving them for a day when our skill level was good enough to justify their use? I know I am guilty of that. Cyndy Sieving and I talk about this sometimes about why wait! Why indeed? Will our skill levels ever be good enough in our own minds? We are our worse enemies when it comes to doubting we are good enough. She always encourages people to open up and use those items you had bought and then hoarded away to use another day. Use them NOW! So I decided that for 2014, my theme is NO MORE HOARDING. Each month, I'm going to take a special item from my hoarded stash and create something from it.
|Hoarded gemstone cabochons|
|Hoarded seed beads I bought at Fusion my first trip to Seattle|
I notice that I do use this color palette in many of my works, and now I realize it is because of that moment in Canyonlands when I was focused on the moment. Perhaps I try to recreate that image constantly so that I can whisk my way back to that time of inner joy. You? Do you have any colors that thrill you and take you to a place or a time that is special? Please share with me if you have.