Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Too Beautiful To Bear -- Again!

Do you remember Paul Potts from the British version of American Idol (Britain's Got Talent)? The very same Paul Potts whose unlikely voice consistently fills me with such emotion that I had to blog about him? In fact, I frequently call up this blog just to click on his permanent link to the right, listed under Inspirational Links! Well, here is the next Paul Potts. And here I am again overwhelmed with emotions I don't understand by the angelic voice of this child. Have a listen & enjoy Andrew Johnston, age 13. I hope his voice doesn't change.

Monday, April 28, 2008

Evolution -- The Artistic Kind

I'm still evolving. In my 5th year as an aspiring jewelry artist, I still find every medium I've tried a compelling challenge, full of surprises. Frankly, these are the experiences that motivate me to continue experimenting. When I'm really "in the zone," I go to bed reluctantly, obsessing over ways to solve some technical challenge with implimenting my design. Often the solultion appears in a dream... really! Many brainstorms, sending me off in a completely new direction, were born in my sleep.


At this point in my evolution as an artist, I might work seriously one week with stones, another with metalsmithing, another with wire-art. How can I develop one signature look about my art? Do CUSTOMERS want variety OR one signature "look" from a Jewelry Artist? I sense that the ART COMMUNITY wants a signature look.

Furthermore, my art really reflects who I've been all my life -- seeking, learning, branching out, evolving. This is my 4th "career" & I've loved them all with passion.

ONE look? It's not who I am...

A look back follows...

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Friday, April 25, 2008

Are You Ready for May 11?

Just in case May 11 isn't ringing alarm bells in your head, it's Mother's Day. Maybe you are the mother in question. If you're in the Seattle area, mark your calendars now for a unique opportunity ON MAY 10 to buy a special treat for yourself, a mother figure in your life, and even your kids (You wouldn't be a mother without them :) Puget Sound Indie Arts, the group of Seattle independent artists to which I belong, is hosting its Spring Arts & Crafts Show in Edmonds, WA. Not only will you see a fine selection of handmade products by local artists, but the 50 earliest arrivals will receive free, valuable gift bags! One additional gift bag per hour will also be awarded. These are not bags of plastic trinkets, but beautiful handmade fabric bags filled with our artist's handmade products!

Please find a copy of the official announcement. Feel free to share it with friends, but be sure you arrive before they do!