What have I been up to since my last newsletter you ask? Seed beads, working on a possible story for my next children's book, and gearing up for the Cottage Hospital sacred space project. It's going to be a busy few months!
Last newsletter I said I had a wooden horse I wanted to cover in seed beads. Well, here he is! At 7x7x2" and taking approximately 100 hours to complete, this horse, which I named Cheval, is covered from head to toe with tiny seed beads (including his underside!)
I also used some glass fusions as accents and a couple of millefiori for the eyes. I drilled a hole in his backside and strung beads to attach as his tail. I loved the process of working so tiny and am now looking for more animals to cover with beads!
To see more photos, visit my Facebook page. You can read more about the process on my blog. If you are interested in purchasing, drop me an email.
My Next Children's Book
Since my first book was published almost a year ago, I've been busy jotting down ideas for my next book, which I intend to author this time. I've had many ideas that weren't quite ready to become a story, until this week when one of them began to grow. All I can say at the moment is that it will be about a cat with a unique attribute! I'm excited for the possibilities of this story line and will keep you posted about its progress along the way.
Cottage Hospital Update
I recently received the contract to begin fabrication of my mosaic project for the sacred space at Goleta Valley Cottage Hospital. A couple more details need to be taken care of before I start, but it looks like I will begin work on it in the next couple of weeks! My design is of a Jacaranda tree surrounded by day lilies, so loved by my mother. I brought home her favorite potted day lilies after she passed away last year, and watched them every day this summer as they bloomed for the first time. It was a glorious surprise each morning to see what beauty would open next and they have inspired me to include a few of my favorites into the mosaic design. Installation of this project is scheduled for December of this year.
Aren't they beautiful?!
Other Art I Enjoy
Speaking of horses, I gathered a few of my favorite artist renditions of horses to share. Click on their names to see more of their wonderful artwork.
Sherri Belassen Karen Bezuidenhout
Anita Dominoni Laurel Burch
Thank you so much for following along on my artistic journey, and if you think others would be interested in reading about my art, feel free to share my newsletter.
Warm regards, until next time,