...and then looked at the 1 and said...."nah". Just wasn't speaking to me.
I have in the past done a bunch of quilting; I think most of us have worked in multiple "disciplines" through the years. But I didn't think you 'd want to wait the 1-2 years it would take me to get an art quilt put together for this post. AND I'd have to clean off the beading table, to put the sewing machine on it instead! Nope.
So....one of the days I had off from work, where I had the luxury to lay in bed for a few minutes before getting up....(I LOVE that!)...I thought about a post I had seen on Freeform Peyote, along with an wonderful audio podcast. Hmmmmm.....THAT I might have time to do! And I thought it might just qualify as "art". That very day I painted a wooden base bead with a beautiful rich purple which spoke to me:
Gathered up a few *cough* beads which fit my colour plan:
Created some bead soups in different colours from the plan:
...and started beading, just letting it flow...please excuse the (lack of) manicure. My real life is not conducive to manicures.
I am enjoying the work. I adore working with colour, and actually had a few moments when using that paint, whcn I considered just splashing some on a canvas...but I didn't. Maybe next time. With some crumpled tissue...and some gesso...and some stamps. And some rub-on glittery stuff. Hmmm.....
Oh!! Almost forgot to mention...in picking through things laying on the beading table while I chose colours for my beaded bead, I discovered this, picked up at random from the lake (Lake Huron) the last time I was there in September or so. Until then, I hadn't noticed.....this....
Do you see the fossil at the upper right of the rock? Cool!!
But, back to the freeform beaded bead....here she is! I'm fairly pleased :-) and while I was working with her, I definitely felt like I was doing "art", if that counts!
From a few different angles:
There will definitely be more of these; it's a really fun way to play with color and beads. It's about 1 1/4" in diameter, to give some perspective.
ETA: Alicia reminded me of something I had not thought of in years...and it fits this week's theme so perfectly, I just had to come back and add it to my post:
Yes, it's me....one or two years ago. :-)