Here is what I have been working on in Glass. I started making glass stands from bent mandrels that I can no longer make beads on. Lots of people love my work but don’t feel comfortable wearing it. So her is my solution…. Collectables
It’s been another busy year for me. I got to spend time with several of my Best Arty Friends in Seattle for some Amazing Watercolor classes at Daniel Smith. The store is incredible! My Mom and I had a wonderful time catching up with Bexs, Jane and Angus and on top of that met some absolutely gorgeous new friends!
I was featured in the news! It was all about my work with Beads of Courage! I jumped at the chance to bring light to this cause. Thank you Cheryl for thinking of me and contacting the station. A huge thank you to Bobby Lewis from 10 News St. Pete for the absolutely amazing piece he put together. I have added the link below.
I have also been selected as a Feature Artist for the Beads of Courage “Carry A Bead” Kits. I have been having a blast coming up with funs designs. I have started making Holiday themed kits which have been very popular.
I am amazed every year. Time just seems to fly by and before I know it it’s December already! How did that happen? I had a jam packed year of traveling and Art retreats! As usual Dr Cornelius accompanied me on my adventures.
This year I went to London in October for an amazing Art Retreat with the Fabulous Jane Davenport! My Mom attended as well and we had an absolute blast with everyone and lots of yummy art was made by all.
I also came up with a very fun new design called the Creepy Cuties inspired the the art of Megan K. Suarez. They were so popular that I had trouble keeping them in stock for awhile. Needless to say there are now versions of them popping up by other artists. They are super fun to make and so many ideas to explore with them.
Lots of beads being made I am also taking a couple of great online Classes. Paint and Pixels with Ivette Newport and Robin Laws and Miss Quoted with Jane Davenport and Joanne Sharpe. Having a total blast with Miss Quoted here is my warm up. Ink and Watercolor….
And my favorite piece done on my iPad…
Things seem to be going nonstop this year. It started off with Visits from My Dad and StepMom from St John USVI! Then my Mom and StepDad came for a visit. Mom and I went to Oklahoma for a Faster EFT seminar. It was fantastic. I learned a lot about myself and what my triggers are and I am working on clearing them. I also want to apply it to Art and Artists at some point. My Art has grown tremendously since I started the whole “Tapping” process. I am just amazed at all the differences. We also took several of Dina Wakely’s Classes at Whim So Doodle but that is in another post so I won’t go into it again.
I have also been doing lots of vendor events and shows. I was amazed when a friend told me she went over to one of her friends houses and told me they were watching my videos up on their big screen TV! How cool is that!
Then just last week Jane Davenport was in the US. We met in Portland for an amazing three days! We shopped till we dropped everyday ate when we could and even managed to work in an Art Play Date with Ivy Newport and Robin Laws. What an amazing trip!
Now I am working on some large orders and coming up with new glass designs. I need to clone myself so I can create more!
I have also made and sent over 100 Act of Courage Beads to the Beads of Courage program!
Here is some of my most recent ArtJournal Pages and Homework from the Class Beautiful Faces that I am taking at the moment.
I posted about some classes that I had taken not long ago with the Amazingly Talented Dina Wakley. She said something in class that really struck a cord in me. That as long as you have the features in the right spot you don’t have to have all the details. While I knew this I did not have the Aha moment applying it to my beads until this class. See I have an idea in my head about how I want my faces to look… basically like I draw and paint them and well it wasn’t working in glass. I wanted the little details you just can get unless you are enamel painting. I do plan on tinkering with that at some point but now is not that time. Anyway here is the first Loose Face Focal I made that I mailed to Dina as a thank you for the inspiration.
I love how a bird showed up on the back side of the bead. Birds have been showing up a lot in my work lately.
Here are the other loose face focal’s I have created since I started. I am enjoying the process very much.
If you would like to find out more about Dina and her art please visit her site www.dinawakley.com