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Sunday, July 31, 2011
Every once in a while, I get stuck on a shape or a color or some odd abstract concept.  Normally, it’s color but this time it is a concept...a focal with accent beads.  I've made a dozen or so of these strands for jewelers that want a bit something special.   
 I looked for color combos that would span all four seasons...that would photo well.  (There are some beads that look GREAT in hand but getting photos of them are a PITA, like the color shifting glasses.)  The sets have been torched for necklaces and accent pieces like earrings. 
 I  normally torched these types of sets when I'm getting ready for show season.  The reason being, if I'm going to jury into a show, pay the jury moola, I want to get in. :-)   So I work up a handful of 'photo' pieces of jewelry that are the ones that I photography for my photos.

The above is silvered glass...normally hard to photograph but the trick for this set is to take the pics outside on a cloudy day. 
On a side note...
It's good to have a operation computer.  It wasn't totally just was running so sloooooooow.  I was even timing out when I was trying to upload pictures.  Anyway, the hubby, working and working on the puppy.  He thought it was some sort of spywear, or malware, or some sort of software issue.  After months (seriously, because it would happen off and on) of re-booting and whinnying, Bob started looking at the hardware instead.  Poof...the issues were found. 

Ya know, once you get a new motherboard and processor, there's not much else that can fail.  There is, but those are the big ticket items.  I still have another year warranty so I'm hoping either it happens soon or doesn't happen at all. :-)

OK...back to photo processing.   I've only got 30 or so sets ready to go.  I still need to photograph another 60 plus sets.  I also need to get some jewelry photographed as well.  More on that later...

Later Gators,

Yippy, Skippy!!!!

Thursday, July 28, 2011
Life is getting much better!!!  The Dell Man just left...I have a new motherboard and processor.  So, I will be working on beady photo processing and my Etsy site in the next couple of days.  After I answer, mongo amounts of email.

Later Gators,

Lampwork shape

Friday, July 08, 2011
 During my time on the torch, I found a beadroller that I rarely use...thought I'd give it a whirl.  I love these saucers!!!  They just scream 'design jewelry'.  Or course I can picture them in earrings but the options for necklaces and bracelets are wild.  If you can't already tell, I'm kinda excited with this new shape (for me).
Currently I'm working on beady photography.  I've got over a 100 bead sets that need to get uploaded in my near-naked Etsy shop.  I'm working as fast as my little beady finger will allow.  I am making a promise to myself...I will never do this to myself again.  The whole idea of doing the photos for this mongo pile of beads is kinda overwhelming.  This is what happens when I decide to torch and paint for weeks on end. 

Anyway, hope everyone's summer days are fun filled!!!

Later Gators,


Monday, July 04, 2011

 Oh...I do believe that color makes the work go round.   Anyway, I've been working on my Color Gizmo Series.  Some brights...some organic color combos...and some 4-season hues as well. 
Later Gators,

Watercolor Watchers...Crows...what I've been doing

Sunday, July 03, 2011
 I know that I've been out of touch lately...I've been kinda taking a hiatus from the computer.  There comes a time that I kinda have to cut certain things that take up my surfing, Facebook, chatting on email, etc. So it was a 'all or nothing'...yeah, I slipped once in a while.  :-)
 What I've been working on is a new series, called Watchers.  Well, Watchers are a mini series within a larger series called Tall Tails.  Watchers are the mystical crow birds that keep the peace within the lands.  More later on the story. 
The pieces aren't that large.  Matted out they are 8x10, fitting perfectly in a frame that can be picked up at most stores.  So that these can be easily shipped. So you will start seeing some of my 2-D work on Etsy soon.

Speaking of Etsy...well, I've neglected my shop.  My bad.  Anyway, I've got over 100 beadsets that I will be photographing soon and be uploading them soon.  I've been on the touch as well.  It seems all I've been doing is working lately. 

I'm finding that it's hard to do several mediums.  Yes, I had that issue with jewelry but since I've been painting, I'm running out of time.  I think that if I can get on some sort of schedule, work on my multi-tasking, and pare down some of my social life...I just might be able to do this.  Is there really a choice when one enjoys all the mediums and is unwilling to give one up.  So that's the main reason, lack of time, that I had to stay off my computer. 

Ok...I'm off...time to hit the torch!!!

Later Gators,