Friday, March 31, 2017

SB Art Association

I find I get more enthusiastic about making pieces when I have something to work towards.  It could be a blog hop, a gift, or an art show - it doesn't matter, I just need a purpose.  Therefore, I decided to submit three pieces for the Santa Barbara Art Association's (SBAA) most recent jurying for membership.

The main reason I like the SBAA is because they display their shows in a large public space in the same building as the public library.  I am a tremendous fan of public libraries, and also for making art accessible to everyone.  A lot of people who might not otherwise have the time or interest to go to art museums/galleries have easy access to the SBAA shows. 

The process required three pieces.  One of them I already showed pictures of on this blog, but for purposes of a complete story I will show it again.

Largest piece.  Outside frame dimension 15.25 x 13.5 inches.

This one was previously posted.  Outside frame dimension 12.75 x 9.5 inches.

Runt of the litter size wise.  Outside frame dimension 8.5 x 6.5 inches
These are all bead weaving combined with bead embroidery. 

So what happened?

When I went to pick my work up I received a blue card.  That's the reject card.  I was told I could get feedback from the judges (anonymously of course).  This is what they said:
  • The first judge said no because they thought what I did was craft and not art. 
  • The second judge said no because they didn't like the presentation of my work.  They didn't like the frames.
  • The third judge was a yes. 
The rules are if two judges vote yes you are accepted.  The next open juring is in September.  I'm not going to decide yet if I'll try again .  Maybe I will, maybe I won't. 

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Bead Soup Strikes Again!

Welcome to Lori Anderson's amazing and very popular Bead Soup Blog Party.  For bead lovers, it's the party of the year.

My partner was the lovely and very talented Hannah Rosner, from Good River Gallery.  When I looked at her work I was simply blown away.  She has been beadweaving since 1986 and lampworking since 1992.  She began teaching both lampworking and beadweaving in 2000.  She has participated in Battle of the Beadsmiths, the Toho Bead Challenge, and so much more.  Was I intimidated?  Well, maybe just a little.  But, I had a bead I absolutely loved that needed to go into expert hands.  With Hannah I hit the jackpot!

I sent a few little things, but the main event was a bead based on a painting by Alphonse Mucha

I bought this bead at my local bead store, and for all the great love I felt for the bead, I never knew what to do with it.  I was told it was Japanese, hand painted on ceramic.  It is one of a kind, signed by the artist.  I can't wait to see what Hannah did with it.

So, now on to my journey.  Hannah sent many beauties that I am not finished playing with.  Ahhhhh the joy! 

The first thing that caught my eye was the gray and black banded agate, which I combined with a piece of driftwood and a wooden hoop to make into a wall hanging. The agate is quite translucent and the light shines through it just beautifully.

There was no question that I would also use the second agate slice, the red one.  I loved the color, so warm and deep.

I ended up making a heart patterned after Amor by Anne Hesse.  Even though I'm not particularly fond of hearts, I like this piece.

I still have the fossil to play with.  Who knows what it will become.  Thanks Hannah for being a great partner.  Once I'm done at Hanna's blog, I'm going to go head over to Barbara Fernald's  blog.  Barbara was Hannah's second partner and makes some very amazing stuff.  I particularly like her use of tumbled beach rocks.

A giant thank you to Lori Anderson for once again making this happen.  Nothing better then spending my Saturday morning with a few cups of coffee and 160 bead blogs

Saturday, March 11, 2017


Welcome to the UFO blog hop!  

Karen at Baublicious has organized a Facebook group, as well as a blog hop, focused on completing at least one unfinished object (UFO).  I signed up in mid-January, and in the interest of honesty will report I didn't actually stitch a bead down until three days ago.

I've had this UFO for a couple of years.  I love the cabochon, and had a box I was going to glue the finished piece to.  But, for some reason, it remained frozen as you see it for at least two years.  Rummaging through my box of UFO's about a month ago I realized the problem was the oval shape I cut the foundation out of.  

Then, along came some love.  Marcia DeCoster started a new blog called Bead Love.  In her inaugural post, she elucidated the mission:

"I felt some of the joy slipping away from me this year as I watched world events and I wanted to find a way to put as much love into the universe as I could"

I am a firm believer in love.  When I saw the post from Feb 21, "Amor" by Anne Hesse I knew what had to be done.

Whew, one down!  I think it would be fun to make a few more hearts, and put them together to form a big piece.  Maybe this one is next.

Congratulations to everyone who brought a UFO into the light of day.  It's not always an easy thing to do.  Here is the list of the brave and hardy souls I'm anxious to read about everyone's journey.

Karen Williams, Baublicious
Christine Van Dyke Altmiller, One Kiss Creations
Amy Severino, Amy Beads
Therese, Therese's Treasures
Kim Dworak, CianciBlue
Liz E, Bead Contagion
Margo Lynn Hablutzel, My World and It's Full of Books
Cynthia Machata, Antiquity Travelers
Cathi Salzarulo Kent, The Cat's Meow

Liz Kenyon Hart, Treetop Life
Francie Broadie, FAB Custom Jewelry 

Monday, February 13, 2017

Borderline UFO

How long does a piece have to sit around to be an official unfinished object (UFO)?  For some reason I think about a year.  If a piece is less than a year old it's just 'in progress'.  This piece is borderline.  It's been sitting unfinished for somewhere on the order of 6-8 months.  It was all done except for the "white stuff" which I started to find tedious (there is a lot of it, the dimensions inside the frame are 7.25 x 9.5 inches).

It's a combination of bead weaving and bead embroidery.

I'm debating submitting some of my work for membership jurying to the local art association in March.  If I go down that road, this is probably one of the pieces I'll submit.

Regardless of what happens, I'm glad it's finally done!

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

We Can Do This

Karen at Baublicious is offering a helping hand.  Like an angel from heaven, she has reached out with a desire to help suffering artists.  Karen has graciously put out an invitation for artists who may have an unfinished piece or two (or ten, or a hundred) to get in there and deal with them.  We artists can be a sensitive lot.  Personally I feel shame and embarrassment regarding the sheer volume of unfinished work I have accumulated over the past few years.  What an opportunity, to deal head on with my box of half finished "stuff".  Thank you Karen!

This is my UFO Box.  Maybe it doesn't look scary to you.  But when I look at it I break out in a cold sweat and my sphincters clench.  Lurking inside are all my orphan children.  Showing you this next picture is absolutely terrifying for me.  I feel so vulnerable.  But, I can do this.  Shedding light on dark corners is a good thing.  Here are some of my UFO's.

Some will get cut up.  Some I really think deserve to be finished.  It's time to confront my orphans and make some decisions.  I appreciate the fact that Karen calls it a support group, because this ain't gonna be easy.  But, I'm taking the first step and I invite you to come along as well.  Together we can do this!

Sign-ups are through the end of January.  The first Finished Object Blog Hop is March 11.  Go straight to her blog now and sign up!  You will feel a a great sense of relief.  I know I did.