Friday, November 08, 2013

the window opened

Title:  Pieces of October
Mixed Media Collage - detail
September 10th, my house was burglarized and literally trashed. What they didn't take, they destroyed. They tore open boxes of art materials and dumped them everywhere.  Among these, my collage papers....I watched as the police took DNA swipes and walked on my handmade papers.  A few days later as I was picking up what was salvageable, I could here my mother's voice like a whisper in my mind, saying, "God never closes a door without opening a window".   I threw the collage papers into a box where they incubated for a few more days.  Somewhere along the way I started to piece together the salvaged collage papers and my drawings, like a puzzle.  That's when I realized that God had opened the window.  I produced several new collages and here is the good news..... I was asked to take the new works to VISION GALLERY  at Chandler AZ.  The collages and some of my art jewelry were well received.   They kept several pieces to show and I was asked to do a Solo Show the end of next year.  I will be posting another collage image on my other blog, click here to take a look.

Monday, September 23, 2013

Daniel the shaman

After months of everything going wrong, what happened last week takes the cake.  My house/studio was burglarized.  They trashed everything down to my last bead.  So, I recovered and stashed what  was left of my jewelry supplies and decided to go back to what I love, painting.  It has kept me sane...   During this time, I met the lovely Christina, artist/owner of In-Power Boutique, and her young son Daniel.  I was drawn to his sculptured features and to his hair which is an art form in itself.   They allowed me to use his image.  I work intuitively, and usually about half way into the process, my paintings kind of take over and begin to tell a story.  Here is the story and the painting.

Somewhere into the painting process, Daniel becomes a curandero, a shaman, a healer. The texture on his head, which was put there to lower the value tone, suddenly becomes an alphabet of symbols, messages from his ancestors.  Automatic writings cut across the lower part of the painting with words only Daniel can decipher.  On the lower right section are botanical scribbles, giving Daniel an insight on what "yerbas" (herbs) to use for healings.  In the space behind his profile appear groupings of people.  Who are they?  How did they get there?   And, in the dark area below his neck appear the letters DF, his name is Daniel Fabian.  They were not put there intentionally, and I do not believe in coincidence.   Do you?

Thank you Daniel for the inspiration.



Saturday, July 27, 2013

leather and glass


Love the look of leather mixed with glass, fibers, and just about any thing else.  The top photo is leather and sea glass, centered with hammered metal buttons.  The bangles have bead embellished fiber beads and polymer discs.

The bottom photo shows my model Stephanie wearing a wrap around belt bracelet embellished with a hand painted soldered flower shape which is interchangeable.   I am bohemian at heart....

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

xox copper pipe necklace

I have a wonderful mechanic who is great at fixing cars but not so great at tossing stuff into the garbage can, he misses the mark.  That is fine with me because while he works on my car, I pick up debris.  This is my latest find...a soldered and cut copper pipe.  It was grungy, covered in dirt and grime, plus it had been run over and over who knows how many times.  I took it home cleaned it, polished it and discovered some beautiful colors under the grime.   This is the result, a long necklace made from mixed metals with a smashed button xox charm.  

boho crosses

Blurry is better than glare...these were very hard to photograph.  Long long necklaces ready for AU Extravaganza.  Have been working day and night on  bohemian type necklaces.  Maybe it is the heat, (115 this week in sunny Arizona) that has me producing some very colorful pieces.   Fun, fun, fun.  Love the colors, the artwork and the length of the necklaces.  A great variety to pick from.
Hope you stop by and say hello....maybe you will see something that you can't live without.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

moving on

It's been a long time since I have posted, though I have not stopped creating.  It is my form of meditation, a form of escape from personal issues, the loss of my brother, the passing of a dear friend, and much more.  I believe there is a reason for everything, and that God never closes a door without opening a I keep moving on.   Here are some things I will be doing.

I will be teaching at Art Unraveled on the first day of classes, July 31, 2013.  You can see samples of the class here and here.   Also, If you are in the may see my art and jewelry at The Purple Lizard Boutique, located at the Southeast corner of 15th Avenue and Thomas Rd.    If you are headed to Rocky Point Mexico, drop by The Art Stop Gallery in the plaza of Ajo, AZ. where you can see more of my artwork.

Thank you for the love and patience. 

Friday, March 01, 2013

boho style bangles

four stack
Love this combination of colors.... I work intuitively when I paint,  so I guess these colors picked themselves.   Lots of colors and styles will be available at my booth at Art Unraveled Extravaganza.  If you don't want to wait until vendor day,  drop me a line for purchase information or visit my Etsy shop.
See you at AU

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

new gallery

This necklace is one of several pieces selected to show in a gallery called ART STOP in Ajo, Arizona.  I will also show handcrafted purses and paintings.  My friend Joyce Harcharick introduced me to the gallery where she also shows and sells her beautiful paintings and prints.  Thanks Joyce.

The necklace below is one of many, including several purses, which were in a boutique called Cherish Boutique in Fort Collins, Colorado.  The owner called several times to inform me about purchases and that she would be sending a check,  which by the way never arrived.  I contacted her over and over and asked that the merchandise be returned, that too fell on deaf ears.  I was informed that she was not in on the few times I was in Fort Collins and had stopped by to get my stuff.  In the end, no money, no merchandise.  That really left a bad taste in my mouth.   Has this ever happened to you?  I hope not....

AU sample photos

Looking for samples of what I will be teaching at ART UNRAVELED?  Click onto my other blog where you will find more photos
Hope to see you in class, and don't forget to stop my booth on vendor day.  

Saturday, February 02, 2013

stack them on

Stack bracelets are still hot, thank goodness, so I am busy making more hoping to have plenty for Art Unraveled Shopping Extravaganza.   I will have cuffs, bracelets, necklaces and handbags.

I will be teaching layered mixed media faces.  You can see photos of the class here and here.

Questions?  Please drop me a line...
Hope to see you there.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

charm necklace

mixed metals
Thanks for your patience...still trying to get this right, feedback welcome.
Have been busy gathering and making some repurposed, recycled, one of a kind items to post on Etsy.  This fun charm necklace just got posted.  I will be posting some new totes and purses soon.

Saturday, January 05, 2013

i'm back...sort of

As you know, my computer crashed and it looks like I may have lost everything.  I know that I said that this was a jewelry blog and my other blog will post my artwork.  Well....I have posted this photo just to see if I could, and to let you know that for now, I will ask you to visit ARTUNRAVELED the retreat in July-August 2013 where I will be teaching faces on layers of collage.  When you get there, click on workshops where you will be able to see photos of what I will be teaching.

Thank you for stopping by...please be patient for I'm relearning as fast as I can.  Email me with any questions or comments, I love hearing from you.