Friday, October 22, 2010


There is a preserve not far from where I spend my days at my FTG, it is my refuge.
I can get there within minutes and I find myself spending my lunch time wandering through it's many tree covered paths. When I look up at the sky all I see is pale blue, for this time of year it is cloudless and under my feet is thick green moss, like walking on a plush carpet.
I am usually not alone Gopher Turtles are on the path with me, they munch along the trail side. They don't pull their head in as I walk by but seem to watch, some grunt and say hello. Owls watch me as well and when I get to the boardwalk that brings me over the flood marsh I am usually greeted by a Great Blue Heron. I've been wandering this area for about a year, not wanting to bring my camera but see it all for myself, I think now is a good time to let you all come along.

The seasonal change is not dramatic here but it does take place. The squirrels run frantically collecting their acorns and the leaves, few that there are, do change.

Sandhill Cranes are tending to their young getting them ready to fly and hunt. They soar overhead announcing to everyone that they are still here, they are loud!

Almost every artist interview I have read states that the artist gets some inspiration from nature and when I walk through this preserve I cannot doubt it. Recently I have taken to the process of Piercing Silver. Each time I look for a subject I go right back to animals (I am working on plants next!) and again I realize that right there in my work is my desire to capture some glimpse of their beauty.

Let the Cat Out

 Sandhill Crane Part II

Recently I began working with resin and again I find myself in the same place, picking items that are close to my heart and straight from the beaches I sink my feet into:

Weekend Away

I try to use my time away from the race to think about my own path and this escape has become important to me, no I-Pod, no phone. I have come to some decisions about my pent-up anxiety about festivals that I am not participating in and my day to day work (AKA: what I call my: Full Time Gig). I have decided to continue the Clermont Farmers Market and I often think about those that visit me on a weekly basis. I know when someone says "you have'nt been here", that there are folks that look for me and  I appreciate that, thank you all! The visitors that stop by just to see whats new and say hello mean the world to me.

My work that is displayed on these pages and the thoughts that I lay out are for myself as much as those of you that take the time to read them. It is the time that I can separate myself from the day to day, the times that I wander, that I look around and realize how lucky I really am. I do often try to remember that I am new at this venture and have many years ahead of me to experiment and continue to see all of this with new eye's.

I thank all of you that choose to wander with me and have allowed me to share a little piece of my journey.

Until next time...

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

What Animal Would You Be?

I remember the first time someone asked me this question...and I really enjoy asking this of others, especially adults.
We not used to the "What do you want to be when you grow up" question ( yet I do know what I wish to be!)

I have lot's of reasons but if I could be an animal,
a Pelican is what I would choose!

I wanted to get these little guys on the web as quickly as possible.
There are more to come, so keep an eye out!

What animal would you be?

Friday, October 8, 2010

A New Love

I've fallen in love with "piercing", not the type you might think of in the conventional sense.
In the fabrication of jewelry there is a technique called piercing where-in you pierce a hole in the silver sheet, feed the jewelers saw blade through the hole and begin hand sawing the design from the center rather than from one edge. If one is careful enough both the positive and negative of the pattern can be used.

Here is a perfect example:
This is the positive of my Seahorse Necklace

My Seahorse Pendant is the negative of the same sheet of sterling silver.

Earlier I showed (off, ahem...) my Sandhill Crane pendant which was completed in my class in September. I knew from the moment I saw her (her name is Betty) that she was mine but the delightful pair above are headed right to the Silver Lining Shop, as are the following pieces:

House on the Hill Necklace

All but my House on the Hill  are part of my new collection and I can promise there will be many more of them to come. In the coming days I will also take some photos of how this process is done but for now take a jump over to the shop and you will see many more photos of them all!
As my good friend Cristina would say "Ta-ta for now!"

Thursday, October 7, 2010

TNwJ and Other Stuff

In an attempt to catch up my usual Tuesday Nights with Jim will also include some photos from last Saturday's Maitland Art Festival. While reviewing the photos I realize I have very little from the festival and artists themselves but lots of area photos.
I think this has to do with most of the conversation that was going on around the festival...everyone was talking about the weather. Things have finally turned the corner here in Central Florida which means it's finally comfortable enough to not only attend a festival but it's actually enjoyable enough to sell at one as well! The hours of the event were a bit crazy for the vendors on Saturday, from 10am-10pm but it made for a wonderful way to see the festival during the best hours around the lake.

 This is by far the coolest band shell I have ever seen!

Jeff was kind enough to come along and enjoyed the art, park and music as much as I did.

A friend and co-worker Walt Barrows had a booth and we stopped by to say hello. As usual I took no photos but I highly recommend you take a look at his amazing watercolor work!

On to Tuesday...this particular night I brought no projects with me, I was completely focused on helping Jim. All three ladies in the class were / are very close to completing their first projects so things can get crazy, lots of finishing and always a bit of rushing.

One completed pendant, Very nice for a first piece!
A large ring well on it's way to being done, polishing and setting is all that's left!

And one pendant with a surprise, can't wait to see this done!

Jim explaining the importance of a final polish or...Quantum never know with him!

Two weeks ago I started another set of fabrication classes at Crealde with Stefan Alexandres, he is a wonderful  repousse, filigree and all around  jeweler. I hope to have some photos of those classes soon!

Until then!