Saturday, January 26, 2013

Focus on Life Wk 4~Create Art!

"Art"....hmmmm.....I don't draw...really, you don't want to see me draw. Although, I did think about adding to my zentangle experience of 1 so far:


...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. :-)










19 comments:

  1. Woo Hoo! Way to go! While I thought your doodle sketch was a lot of fun, I was simply tickled to see your freeform peyote! Thanks sooo much for sharing! And I am so glad you enjoyed. Looks like you really had fun, and your finished bead is lovely.

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    1. Thanks Karen! I really had fun, and when I get your book I'll have a MUCH better idea of what I should have done!

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  2. Such pretty work! Very nice color choices!

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  3. Oh, I love your beaded bead! I have been seeing more and more of these lately...each one is different and each is its own little work of art! Love it!

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  4. That is so cool and it looks like you had fun doing it. Bonus! Great art project.

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  5. Such pretty colors and a miniature work of art. Love the photo of your younger self, too.

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    1. Thanks Cynthia! It is a fond memory of summer days. :-)

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  6. Very pretty!

    (I'm #41 this week)

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  7. wow! really pretty, and looks hard to me! p.s. love the photo at the end - that's awesome!

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  8. What's all this "if it counts". Lori, this is totally art and it's beautiful. I'm so happy you made it and shared I just adore the texture that different sizes of beads create. That last photo you added is so charming

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  9. Oh yes that beaded bead is most definately a form of art, and a fabulous one at that! The colors are beautiful, and I certainly admire anyone who can work magic with these tiny beads!

    I love the photo of a younger you deep into a project. Beautiful!

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  10. Your bead is gorgeous. I love freeform peyote and had never considered trying it around a bead. I am going to add it to my mental list. :)

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  11. Of course it counts! It is such a lovely bead - I am looking forward to seeing what you're going to use it for!

    As for the picture: absolutely beautiful! I am so happy you remembered it and shared it with us, you look just like Audrey Hepburn!

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  12. I'm so glad you were inspired and just started. I think that is one of the biggest keys to freeform-just start, hehe. Your bead turned out fabulous, and I love that you photographed the process, too. And you photo at then end is gorgeous!

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  13. You created a wonderful piece of art. I love beaded beads. I need to work on my tension though as mine are kind of wimpy.

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  14. I have wanted to make a beaded bead so you have inspired me! Beautiful colors and I love free form beading. The fossil is cool! So where will this bead end up?

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    1. I hasn't told me yet, Katherine! But at the moment I'm thinking kind of a flowy necklace in the three colours....we'll say what the bead has to say! :-)

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  15. I really do love the colors of your beaded bead. I get so frustrated when working with things that are so small!

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  16. Lori, I love the beaded bead you created! I never thought of painting the core bead to go with the color palette of the beads! And the fossil is so cool! I love finding stuff like that!

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