Friday, June 20, 2014

Is posting a sketchy, unpolished piece like going outside without your make up on? 

 Maybe, but is there anything 'wrong' with either? 

 While here in cozy corner Utah this week I've done some loose gestural drawings 

using Inktense color blocks, not focusing on a finished piece right now,





 enjoying the spontaneous mark making and attempting only slightly at making it recognizable...

and did I enjoy it. One is my memory of Stewart Falls, the other of a rolling stream 

where i sat looking at the bridge, water running merrily over rocks 

and all the different colors of green wishing i had my sketchbook. 





I'm thinking that creating in different ways with different mediums 

can only feed my painting. What do you think?


Along those veins I made a silver bracelet in two hours. 




I selected a stone and wire for the cuff, 





designed an organic shape for a platform, 






cut a bezel, 






soldered them together, 






set the stone,  textured the platform. 







And voila. I made jewelry  many years ago 

so the process was not totally new to me 

but it was fun to revisit.






Happy Paint Party Friday to all participating 

and a lovely weekend to you. XO

29 comments:

  1. Love your sketch piece, and the bracelet is gorgeous! Valerie

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  2. The backgrounds are fantastic! Lovely texture!
    The jewelry...wow, you make it sound so easy!

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    1. Hi Ayala, I had fun loosening up by making textures using only the few supplies I took with me on vacation. I had taken a few jewelry classes many years ago. It is easy as long as you have good tools, like many other crafts. I am glad I had a chance to do it again.

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  3. Irene you are a woman of many talents! Jewellery making.... what a lovely piece, although I am am an avid wearer of jewellery I have never tried to make any and am SO impressed by what you have made in such a short time!!!

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    1. The workshop had all of the supplies on hand and good instruction which made everything even easier. I think the piece looks a lot more complicated that it was to make, only three pieces cut with snippers. It was fun and I am delighted with the results. Thanks, Morag.

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  4. Wow, Irene, you are so talented. Not only are you a fine sketchbook artist, but you are also a wonderful jeweler.

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  5. Hi Irene, Thank you for expressing an interest in my little girl painting. I am so pleased you like her.. If you are interested in purchasing her you can contact me by email and I will get back to you with the details. My email address is shown on my blogger profile..

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  6. LOVE your journal pages Irene, and what a fascinating process your jewelry making is-love the stone in that bracelet!

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    1. Hi Linda, Thank you. I am experimenting in my little journal and actually surprise myself what I discover.

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  7. Well you just keep amazing me. I had no idea you are a smithy. Very pretty I love this work. I just don't have any place to do it. You are lucky to be able to create such beautiful art no matter where you are.
    Have a great weekend
    Nicole/Beadwright

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    1. Hi Nicole, I was fortunate to be able to attend this short workshop and make this bracelet. As you know, there are a lot of supplies needed to silversmith and I don't have them. It was a real treat! xo

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  8. Wow stunning cuff!! I agree, what ever works on your creative journey to get you to your own style is the right thing for you! I love seeing your process...and hearing about it too!! Good for you experimenting with what ever seems fit!

    Hugs Giggles

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    1. Hi Giggles, thank you for the encouragement. I get stuck in my own rut and being away with a few supplies pushed me to experiment. Have a lovely week.

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  9. I think your drawing is great. Love the flow and the color. That bracelet is totally awesome. Great job Irene. You go girl!

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    1. Hi Gloria, Thank you for visiting and for your continued support! I love our PPF community and look forward to your visits.

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  10. that top drawing is simply wonderful... such freedom in your mark making... and it evokes Chinese art in my mind... the bracelet is amazing... two hours??? tha is freaky quick for such loveliness

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    1. Hello Tracey, I was trying to 'let it rip.' It was freeing to mark make in my journal. Now that I'm home I want to try it on a larger scale. Thanks for your comments.

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  11. Beautiful creations and such a cool technique!

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  12. It's wonderful design, nice bracelet!

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    1. Hi, Leovi, Thank you for your visit. xo

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  13. You definitely captured the feel of nature in both your sketches, which probably influenced the organic feel of your beautiful bracelet. I've always wanted to take a fine jewelry class, but never have had the opportunity. Blessings!

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    1. I hope you get the chance to try making jewelry one day. It is very rewarding. Yes, I agree that there is an organic theme in these two pieces. Thank you for commenting today, Arnoldo. Have a lovely week.

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  14. I think that everything we create in one medium helps us to grow in all the others - it is always good to feed the creative spirit! I love how you have shown the progress of your bracelet - it is beautiful and bold! Happy PPF!

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    1. I agree, though sometimes I tell myself I should have more 'focus.' But I think that's my monkey mind talking again. Thanks for your support.

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  15. your sketches look wonderful, I see all kinds of figures and shapes in there.... And that bracelet looks great! I wouldn't have a clue how to make something like this.

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    1. You are the best at not only seeing figures and shapes but pulling them out to perfection. Thanks, Denthe.

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