ArtisanEcoJewelry

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October 2, 2014 // wild

Check out these awesome necklaces.

 

I love the colors! And I love the cute little charms and the cold filligree and the initials.

These necklaces were created by  Melina Szapiro in her etsy shop Palomaria. This shop has so much to offer! Check out some more of her adorable jewelry.

 

 

 

 

 

While these necklaces aren’t 100% my style, I can’t overlook their appeal. How perfect would they be for your bridesmaids? You could personalize them to fit anyone’s personality with all the details, colors, flowers, and initials.

I love them! I hope you guys like them, too! Check out Melina’s etsy shop for more products!

Raven Roxanne — Nests

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September 26, 2014 // Artists

Lately, I have been totally digging local art. Instagram has become my new BFF for finding new local artists to follow. I love seeing the new paintings artists create as they create them. It’s almost like a live feed for fine art. I find it fascinating — especially when artists share works in progress. Fortunately, I have been able to discover several new artists that are inspiring me in so many ways. One of these artists is Raven Roxanne. (@rain_bird on instagram.)

She is an artist based out of Charleston, South Carolina. Her paintings are mostly mixed media paintings on stretched linen or birch wood.  Focusing on acrylics, pastels, watercolor crayons and charcoals, her paintings have an inherent third dimension to them due to her use of so many different mediums.

My favorite series of hers that I’ve seen so far is her Nest series. In her Nest series, Roxanne uses the above mentioned mediums to create a nest in each painting. While the nest she paints is a literal representation of a nest, the symbolism of the nest is far more significant. When I think about nests, I think of sweet little bird families, and new beginnings in spring time. I believe that through her nests she is able to convey a sense of love and newness and life with each one.

Check out some examples.

“Roots”

“Play is Life”

“Hazy Home”

“Sugar Sugar”

“Wait Until You Smile”

 

I SO love these. I love being able to see all of the different mediums on display. The different textures each creates on the background give the painting another level of depth.

I like to picture each nest as a relationship. Be it a family, a couple, a friendship, I think each nest is a representation of love in all its different forms.

I think it’s interesting how in some nests, the eggs are very faint. Drawn with a pastel or a charcoal pencil, and in others the eggs appear to be the main focus. Painted with a bright color of paint, the eggs stand out as if that particular nest revolves around the eggs. Maybe these eggs are kids and the family focuses on the kids, or a new couple that is so madly in love the outside world becomes muted to them.

I also find it interesting that sometimes the focus is drawn away from the nest by the surrounding areas of the painting. And sometimes the actual outline of the nest itself is harder to detect than in other paintings. I wonder if this is a metaphor of a relationship that has been distracted by outside influences. Or a new relationship just forming. People coming together in a world of chaos.

Or maybe I’m over thinking it. But that’s the whole point, right? Art is supposed to make you feel something and to make you think. And these paintings have definitely done that for me.

I would love to own one of her pieces one day! But for now, watching her create new work via her Instragram page will have to suffice. Keep up the good work, Roxanne! Thanks for your inspiration!

 

color love 2014

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September 26, 2014 // Color love

So as it turns out, I took a year off from blogging. Not quite a year, but close enough. A lot has happened in the past year.. but that’s neither here nor there. We’re here to talk about colors and artwork and fun things.

Since this is my first post of 2014, I decided to make this a color love post about 2014′s Pantone color of the year! I know this post is virtually irrelevant since the year is almost over, but it’s a shade of purple, and I can’t say no to purple. So without further ado, allow me to present to you Radiant Orchid.

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Now, if you’re like me, when you think about nature, purple isn’t one of the first colors that comes to mind. I think more warm colors like red, orange, brown, etc. But purple is all around us! It’s not just a color reserved for flowers. Check out some of these awesome displays of this color.

Berlin Dome in the Sunset by Junede

This gorgeous photo taken by Junede, as seen on shuttershock, displays such a pretty example of the way the sunset can create such magical color combinations. It’s not all orange and fiery reds. I love to think of the different ways the light plays off whatever is in the air to create these magical sunsets.

Here is a sunset photograph I took while in Mexico.

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That lovely hue is on display, although it’s a bit blurry. Here are some more examples.

Lavender Field by Evgeni Dinev Photography

Lavender Field by Evgeni Dinev Photography

this guy

this guy

 

Purple Agate by ccphotomagic

Purple Agate by ccphotomagic

 

our good friend amethyst | necklace by kealohajewelry

And last but not least! Beautiful flowers themselves.

i love ranunculas | photo by semisweetstudios

 

So there you have it. Just a couple examples of places to find that beautiful radiant orchid color in nature. Aside from in orchids themselves. I am loving the focus on purple. Can’t wait to see what next year’s color is.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my return to blogging. I hope to keep it steady with many more posts headed your way! Let me know what you want to see!!

Crafty Feast

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December 16, 2013 // Uncategorized

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Crafty Feast was a success!!

It was such a great day. The response I got to all of my pieces made me feel so great. Thank you to each and everyone of you that came out and checked out my booth! I know a lot of people grabbed business cards for potential custom orders, and I’m excited to see what everyone has in mind around the start of the new year.

In the meantime, I have done several updates to my website to make it easier to view the pieces that I have available (for ORDER). If you click on the link for String Art at the top, it will tell you more about my process and materials, as well as show you galleries of my work.

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September 19, 2013 // Uncategorized

HI FRIENDS-

Lately I’ve been taking a break from blogging to focus on growing my string art ventures. I hope you’ll all take a look at the pieces that I have created, and enjoy them! You can check them out with the link up top, or the link to the right that will take you to my etsy shop.

I’m also proud to say that my pieces are being sold in a retail store in Columbia, SC called Bones, Rugs, & Harmony. Many thanks to Merle and Steve for giving me that opportunity.

I hope to be able to take part in the Crafty Feast happening this December. If you guys haven’t heard about this festival, check it out here.

Please keep in mind that it is always great to spread my name, so feel free to tell your friends to tell their friends! I am always taking custom orders, and will be glad to work with anyone who is interested in getting a piece made.

 

book collages

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July 22, 2013 // Artists

A mixture of old books, old papers, collage work, paintings, and an eye for the bigger picture comprise these awesome pieces created by Italian artist Ekaterina Panikanova . Painting on a backdrop of old books, and old documents, she creates large scale pieces of art that are hard to define. Are they collages? Paintings? Installations? I’m not sure. But I am sure they are neat. Check these out:

I love the idea of these pieces! It’s almost like two works of art in one.

The beautiful paintings she has created, but also the restoration of these old documents and their re-positioning and careful assembly to create a unique backdrop.

I bet if you were to view these in person, you could spend hours reading the documents behind the paintings.

And I love the unexpected pops of color that the books provide — the hand written diaries, the colorful illustrations, and the annotation within the books.

I also find Ekaterina’s choice of where to paint and where not to paint very interesting. It adds yet another dimension to her artwork — her careful discretion.

I love discovering new artists and sharing them with all of you! I hope you enjoy it, too!

My favorite thing about finding a new artist is when the artist has explained his or her art. I can sit back and speculate the meaning, feeling, or thought process all day long. I find it much more fulfilling to actually read an explanation straight from the artist. I find his or her work so much more relatable and enjoyable.

So imagine my joy and surprise when I came across some amazing installation pieces that I fell completely in love complete with a description from the artist! The pieces come from Dutch artist Joris Kuipers. His installation pieces are large scale floating colorful creations that evoke a happy feeling within me. One description I read compares them to brightly colored clouds, or flower petals.

 

 

Okay here’s the neat part about these pieces.

Joris bases all of his art on anatomy. These pieces are mainly inspired by CT scans and MRIs. His works are just an interpretation of these images. Especially showing “blood and adipose tissue but also the tendrils of homeopathic plants. These issues relate to the detoxifying or anaesthetic effect of medicinal and narcotic plants” (Kuipers). His pieces represent the deconstruction of these medical scans and then are purposefully reconstructed in a “ non-rational manner, in order to reveal emotional significance” (Kuipers)

How amazing is that?! Much more than colorful clouds or flower petals. Kuipers fills his installations with extensive research, thought, and science background.

He also says, “colors and planes seem to whirl and turn into a dazzling display…they refuse to allow the spectator’s eye to comfortably rest anywhere. Often one doesn’t know where to look, where to concentrate, exactly where and when things may get into focus” (Kuipers). And that quote is the EXACT reason that I love these pieces so much.

Do you love them?!

Fabienne Rivory

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July 8, 2013 // Artists

Don’t you love the way old photographs look? The muted colors of black and white and sepia? There are not bright colors like in today’s photographs. Artist Fabienne Rivory has found a way to add bright colors to old photographs in a most unusual way. Her current project entitled “Miroir” takes older photographs she has collected over the years, mirrors them across a horizontal axis, and fills in the top with just a touch of bright watercolor paint.

The part of the image that would be the original then becomes the painting, with the original image shown below as a reflection. It’s a brilliant concept that causes one to question what is reality and what is imagination. Rivory blurs the lines between a carefully constructed memory and what was real.

I am so in love with these. There’s just something about them that makes me feel all peaceful inside. I’m not sure if it is the soothing black and white photos, the small hints of color, the striking landscapes, or some strange combination of all of these. But I do know that I am a huge fan!

double exposures

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June 27, 2013 // Artists

Have you guys seen these double exposure photographs yet? They seen to be really popular right now. While I’ve enjoyed perusing different styles and different photographers’ take on this style, I haven’t really been wow-ed enough to share any examples of this with all of you. That is until I stumbled across the photographs of Jon Duenas. I couldn’t look away from his beautiful creations. Jon’s photos are taken using a variety of different cameras, but the majority of the double exposures (if not all) are done manually within the camera.

this is my favorite.

 

How amazing are these?! I love these so much. I love the way the background is captured within the model’s silhouette. I love the colors. I love the lighting. I love the choice of background image. I just love it all. What do you guys think?!

nanehandmade

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June 26, 2013 // wild

Etsy is the best thing that ever happened to my life. Okay maybe not THE best, but certainly one of the top 5. I can’t wait to share this store with you guys today. You’re going to love it! The store is called NaneHandmade. The store is run by Nadia from Cyprus. She makes awesome keychains with beautiful designs on them. Check out some of her creations:

keychains

Clockwise from top left: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4

How cool are these? And check this out:

 

I love the idea of recycling wood or driftwood to create these unique pieces. Each one will be different due to the variations in the wood, and I love that.

What do you guys think?

 

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