Ring in the new year with some brand new jewelry projects. You'll find my crystal orbit earrings on page 96 of the January 2009 issue of Bead Trends. These earrings will add lots of sparkle to any holiday outfit.
John took this lovely photo today while we were greeted with our first major snow storm in Northeast Pennsylvania. Directly behind the lamppost is the dike that runs along the Susquehanna River. I guess we won't be going for our walk today! Chiseler isn't too crazy about the snow. Here he is peeking through the front door today. He couldn't wait to come in from the cold. He's one beautiful cat. I'm so glad he now has a place to call home.
I just posted a few ACEOs featuring my folksy snowmen on artcardswanted.com. Eleven additional snowmen and Christmas ACEOs are currently listed on eBay. Click on the title of this post or "eBay" for a direct link.
Here's a peek at some of the artwork I have on display at the Osterhout Free Library through December 15. Be sure to stop by if you're in the area. The library is located at 71 South Franklin Street in Wilkes-Barre.
If you're looking for some unique gift-giving ideas for the holidays, check out some of my latest product designs featured in the December 2008 issue of Simply Beads. The article features beaded lanyards, greeting cards accented with Swarovski crystals, a shabby-chic birdhouse embellished with natural stones, and beaded gift tag holders.
You heard it here first. Jayson Werth’s new name is “Mick.” I can’t help it; it’s the artist in me. I see Mick Jagger every time I see Jayson. I may be biased because I love the Stones, but Jayson's nickname has been sticking. Whenever Jayson’s up to bat, my boyfriend yells, “Mick’s up.” Go Phillies!
Stop by the Wyoming Valley Art League's Midtown Village Gallery tonight on Main Street in Wilkes-Barre to see all the donated artwork for the upcoming "Art Under The Sun" fundraiser at the Mohegan Sun Casino. I've donated this giclee print. For more information, visit www.wval.org.
Here's a small sample of new paintings I just dropped off at Homespun in Jim Thorpe. Julius, of course, was not part of the trio of folk art paintings. For more information, visit www.homespuncozyinn.com. The sunflowers were painted with watercolors and were framed behind an old window from my friend Georgie's house. The next two paintings are framed with attic windows I salvaged from my brother’s house in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. I always look for ways to recycle and thought these rustic frames would go well with my original, folk artwork. Thanks for the frames, Mike and Shannon!
By 9 a.m. on Sunday, it was sunny and very hot in Atlantic City. Save for the turbulent water, you'd never know that Tropical Storm Hanna was there the day before. If you're in the area, be sure to stop by Bill's Gyro Souvalki on the boardwalk. Bill's serves a fabulous Greek salad with delicious toppings. I took some great shots of the surfers taking advantage of the waves while I was standing inside the Atlantic City Art Center on Garden Pier. This architectural piece, which now resides in the fountain on Garden Pier, is originally from the Marlborough-Blenheim Hotel, which was the first hotel built using Thomas Edison's poured-reinforced concrete technique. I love the sky as night approaches!
If you love making jewelry with found objects and unique trinkets, be sure to read my latest article titled Cross Over: Multi-Disciplinary Designs in the October 2008 issue of Simply Beads. You'll be inspired to create one-of-a-kind pieces with everything from decorative papers, tags, stamps, and scrapbook embellishments.
Show off your favorite finds with a laminated charm bracelet. I incorporated a variety of unusual items into this bracelet. Look closely, and you'll see some pieces from an Alley Cat product package and a game ticket from Knoebels Amusement Park.
I just received a copy of the Sept/Oct 2008 issue of Bead Trends, which features my Autumn Wrap Necklace on page 100. This magazine is packed with lots of great projects. Be sure to pick up your copy today!
I've been hit with the acrylic painting bug. Maybe it was the trip to Knoebel's Amusement Park on Tuesday and the repeated rides on the Phoenix that whipped me into a creative frenzy. Perhaps it was the constant playing of side two of the Let It Bleed Sessions by The Rolling Stones while I painted all day yesterday.
I typically work in watercolors for my design work, but something's been leading me to sit down and paint in acrylics. The first painting is based on a doodle that first appeared in my sketch book on October 26, 2006. I tried several attempts last year to create this Whimsical Flower in different mediums ranging from watercolor, gouache, and colored pencils, but I was never happy with those early renditions.
The second painting is a pop art version of my cat Julius. It's based on a photo that I took of him last year. I'm going to add the words MEOW to the painting. Before I do, I need to find the right font to go with this painting. When I'm officially done with the painting, I'll post it.
If you're looking for a quick and easy jewelry project using memory wire, be sure to check out the August 2008 edition of Simply Beads, which features my summer sorbet bracelet. For more information, visit www.SimplyBeadsMagazine.com, and click on the designer gallery.
I just received the July 2008, Pennsylvania/West Virginia edition of The Country Register, which features my painting titled Country Flag. I'd like to thank publishers Amy and Dave Carter for choosing my artwork for the cover of their magazine.
This magazine is a statewide guide to shopping and events in Pennsylvania and West Virginia. It features wonderful articles, recipes, and lots of interesting information. Be sure to check it out, or visit http://www.countryregisteronline.com for more information.
I'm truly honored to have been awarded the first 2008 Whymzee Art Award from http://wymzeeartsfriends.blogspot.com. According to this site, they showcase what they believe to be the top creative blogs or Web sites and artists currently online. WOW!
If you want to get a start on your Fourth of July needlepoint projects, be sure to visit Stab & Stash to see these two new designs. Forever inspired by the Red, White, and Blue, I'm glad these designs are now available in needlepoint kits.
Fellow artist and friend, Sandra Caldwell, wrote a wonderful article titled The Big & Little of ATC ACEO Cards, which is featured in the June - July 2008 issue of the Prim Sisters Gazette. Sandra provides her readers with some of the history behind ACEOs and ATCs, and she packs the article with lots of interesting information about this wonderful art form.
Sandra kindly references the article I wrote for the winter issue of ACEO Magazine, and she features my Halloween ACEO for her article. This cat really gets around these days! Love that grin.
Here's a sneak peek at what I've been working on for my Halloween art exhibit in October. This friendly owl is titled Vintage Retro Owl 108 .
The art exhibit will be held during Wilkes-Barre's Third Friday art walk on October 17, 2008, in the Stegmaier Mansion (also known as Arts YOUniverse). Fellow Halloween artist and friend, Christine Altmann, will also be exhibiting with me. We're looking forward to a wonderful night.
If you're wondering...yes, the mansion is haunted. I can tell you all about it, but we'll leave that for another time. Rest assured, they're friendly ghosts.
Visit www.ArtsYOUniverse.com to learn more about the Stegmaier Mansion, or click on the title of this post. Also, visit Christine Altman's Etsy store at http://stipplyirresistible.etsy.com to see some unique Halloween artwork.
I've recently been asked how I set up my watercolor palette. The majority of my paints are Grumbacher's Academy brand watercolors. I've been using this paint for years, and I've always been happy with the results. Recently, one of my students introduced me to the American Journey brand watercolors available at www.CheapJoes.com. The quality of this brand is superb, and the colors are beautiful. I'm also impressed by the price and size of the paint tubes. I haven't had the paint tubes for long, but I understand this brand does not dry out in the tubes over time. I also use a few of the Sennelier brand watercolors. They're also quality paints.
If you click on the photo, you'll see a detailed version of my palette. Shannon, I hope this answers your questions. Happy painting!
Several people asked about these earrings since I started wearing them again. I fabricated these earrings in 1990 using sterling silver, etched sheet metal from David H. Fell. Although I've done my own etching before, I found this company's etched metal wonderful to work with.
Using a jeweler's saw, I simply cut two squares from the sheet metal. Then I soldered the clockface components on each piece of sheet metal. I used round wire and hammered it flat to create each number. To create the silver dots, I used my acetylene torch to "ball up" some old scrap metal. I love how old scrap metal forms into a ball when you hold a torch over it. Then I used a little bit of Black Max from Rio Grande to give the earrings an antique finish.
Click on the title of this post to learn more about David H. Fell.
So many of my students have been asking me to create a workshop that focuses on freeform stitching. I'd especially like to thank Sharon B. for her persistence. This workshop will be held at The Stegmaier Mansion on June 1.
If you want to learn more about pricing your ACEOs (art cards, editions, and originals) be sure to read my article in the latest edition of ACEO Magazine. The article discusses many strategies to consider when pricing these little treasures. To learn more, visit www.ACEOMagazine.com, or click on the title of this link.
I'm thrilled to be working with Stab and Stash on making my designs available as cross stitch patterns. They currently have a few kits available for sale, but check back often since I'll be adding more designs.
Visit www.StabAndStash.com, or click on the title of this post for a direct link to my page on the Stab and Stash Web site.
I was tinkering around with these two designs in Renee Emanuel's workshop at The Wyoming Valley Art League two weeks ago, and I just finished them today. The Strathmore 4-ply Bristol board (plate surface) is a wonderful surface to work on. It's a smooth surface, which allows you to go back into your design and play around with the watercolor layers. If you enjoy working on hot-press paper, you'll love this surface.
I had summer napkins in mind when designing these two pieces.
Renee's a wonderful teacher. For more information, visit her Web site at www.etstudioart.com.