This week, I finished a new commissioned painting featuring a beaded Wyandotte chicken! This piece consists of extreme bead embroidery stitched to a painted canvas. I used Czech & Japanese glass seed beads of all sizes. I also used Magatamas and Czech dagger beads. This bird’s feathers really move when you touch them! This piece is a small work measuring just 8″ x 8″.. My next project will be a custom beaded chicken pin.. Who knew chickens were so popular? :)
I survived my first art at festival! This weekend, I had a booth at Festival By The Sea in Manchester, MA. It was a wonderful experience. Special thanks to friends who helped set up my tent and hang a few paintings before the show started – there is no way I could have done everything myself! :O
My set-up was pretty basic. I had a couple of tables for jewelry and small paintings, 2 hanging pegboards for larger paintings, a bust form to display my pet pins, a literature rack for beading kits, and 4 easels for more bead paintings. I was a bit nervous about having easels there because they take up quite a bit of space, and they can be a hazard in the wind. I came prepared with 20-lb sandbags & concrete blocks just in case..
Luckily, the weather cooperated. It turned out to be the perfect day for an art festival. I made a few sales, my tent was always full of people, and Cape Ann TV did an interview with me! Since this was my first show ever, I wasn’t sure what to expect, but the response was very positive! Nearly everyone who visited my booth said they had never seen anything like my work before. One woman even said that this type of show is much too small for my work – she insisted that I need to show my work in a gallery in NYC (hopefully someday!).. Children of all ages seemed to enjoy my beadwork, too – they could relate to the subjects right away, and many asked me questions! Seeing people smile when they viewed my pieces made me very happy:)
Even though it was a lot of work, doing this festival was a positive experience. I think I may have to start doing more shows in the future! :D
Finally, I can get back to working on my current bead painting – my beaded semi truck! I had mostly finished beading all of the parts for my truck, so the next step was to create a passenger – a beaded American Bulldog!
Inspired by my friend’s Bulldog named Diezel, I cut out a small piece of Lacy’s Stiff Stuff. I layered a few pieces of felt on top of the stiff stuff to add dimension. Then, I stitched tiny size 15 seed beads to the felt. The finished piece measures 2 x 2.5cm. After I finished beading Diezel, I stitched him to the inside of my beaded truck.. I also stitched lights to the top of the cab. These are Swarovski crystal rhinestones which I glued to eye pins – an experiment which seems to have worked well! How does it look? :D
For awhile, I was debating on whether this piece should stand alone or not, but my gut feeling tells me it should be part of a larger painting. So, the other day, I dug out a 20″ x 24″ canvas and spent some time sketching an extended environment for the truck. This sketch is inspired by the original photograph.. Truthfully, I am a little nervous and excited about this one… So…
In the meantime, Diezel has also inspired me to make a pair of Bulldog earrings. These are the same size as the bulldog in the truck. The measure 27mm x 23mm. They are sterling silver post earrings and they are currently available for sale at my Etsy shop. I really like how they turned out, but I think I will also make a dangly pair to compare:) Please see this listing for more photos & details..
This year, I plan to expand my product line just a bit by creating variations on this idea for other breeds.. one bead at a time!
Now, back to my painting.. :O