New Bead Painting in Progress!

I have been very busy lately! Recently, I started working on a new bead painting. This piece will be a city scene inspired by a photo I took while visiting Moscow.

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First, I enlarged one of the photos I took and cut out the image of St. Basil’s Cathedral. I used it as a template to create felt shapes which outline the architecture of the building. Then, I cut out more shapes, and stitched them together, creating a felt foundation for my subject (shown below).

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Next, I began stitching beads to the felt.. So far, I am using mostly gray and white beads for this piece. Some are Czech or Japanese seed beads, some are vintage beads, and some are gemstones (such as Ocean Jasper)..

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I plan to use many different types of beads for visual interest and to represent the beauty of the cathedral itself.

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So far, I have completed 2 sections of this piece, with the exception of the spires which I will work on at a later date. How does it look? 😀

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Due to the size and complexity of this subject, I think its safe to say I will be beading for awhile.. Please follow my Facebook page for the latest updates. Thanks for your interest in my beadwork!

‘Radio City’ Bead Painting – Finished!

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'Radio City'. Bead embroidery on painted canvas. 30" x 40" (76cm x 102cm).

Last week, I finally finished my beaded Radio City Music Hall painting! This piece consists of glass seed beads and speaker grill fabric stitched to an acrylic-painted canvas. (You can view an enlarged photo on Flickr.) I have worked on this off and on since October, so I feel it’s a real accomplishment to finally have it completed and hanging on my wall. Over the next few weeks, I will be working on a couple of smaller beadwork projects while I think about the subject of my next big painting…  I’ll also be busy packing and getting ready to move back to Boston… New beading adventures await! 😀

Speak Grill Fabric City

Long time, no post! Things have been pretty crazy the past couple of weeks. As I said before, I am planning to move back to Boston in September, so I have been sorting through everything, getting rid of unwanted items, and selling things on eBay, etc… In between all of that, I have been doing a little painting! Check it out:

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Semi-painted 40" x 30" canvas for my beaded Radio City Music Hall.

First, I painted my 30″ x 40″ canvas black, then I cut out & stitched some speaker grill fabric to the canvas. This was rather difficult to do as this kind of fabric frays easily. Somehow I managed to cut out some shapes that resemble the buildings which surround my beaded Radio City Music Hall! After I stitched them to the canvas, I painted the edges to soften them up a bit.

Then, using a new palette knife and heavy body acrylics, I painted yellow windows and doors just below the theatre. I have never used a knife before, and I will say that I am pleased with the results so far. I have a bit more to paint on the canvas before I stitch all the beadwork into place, but so far, I think it’s lookin pretty good! We’ll see what happens next! 😀

>Beaded Eyes Pop

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Last night, I finished beading around the right eyeglass lens of my self portrait. It may be difficult to tell in these photos, but for this eye, I stacked 2 recycled eyeglass lenses on top of each other. I did that because I can’t see out of my right eye nearly as well as I can my left eye, and as a result, one of my eyeglass lenses is much thicker than the other! So, one of my beaded eyes is slightly bigger than the other, and both lenses really pop out like a real pair of glasses! I guess this is how I see myself! Now, I just have to figure out how I want to finish this piece. How do you think it looks as is? B)

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>Sinking St. Mark’s Square Painting – Finished!

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Time to celebrate! 😀

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Finally, after 4.5 months of beading and painting, I have finished my Sinking St. Mark’s Square painting! I feel very accomplished! 😀

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This piece consists of extreme bead embroidery.  

beaded St. Marks Square painting Sq. bead embroidery mixed media Venice Italy Basilica Campanile thelonebeader seed beads

Glass seed beads, Murano glass beads, hammered gold crosses, felt, and acrylic paints were used to create a beaded St. Mark’s Basilica & Campanile. These pieces were then stitched to a 24″ x 36″ acrylic painted canvas depicting a beaded acqua alta.

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This painting will forever remind me of the fragile state of Venice, Italy – a magical city that remains in my heart always. ♥

beaded St. Marks Square painting Sq. bead embroidery mixed media Venice Italy Basilica Campanile thelonebeader seed beads

Sinking St. Mark’s Square (Venice, Italy).  Bead embroidery on painted canvas. 
24″ x 36″ (32cm x 46cm).
If you would like to help save the city of Venice, consider donating to SaveVenice.org. Save Venice is the largest private organization dedicated to preserving the artistic and cultural treasures of Venice, the world’s most fragile city. Founded in Massachusetts, Save Venice has undertaken restorations of hundreds of works of art in nearly forty years of activity. Save Venice’s Boston chapter raises funds through events in and around Boston, MA annually. Funds are used to stabilize and restore paintings, sculptures, rare books, as well as entire buildings – rescuing them from the ravages of time, the Venetian lagoon climate, and modern threats like pollution. For more information please visit: http://www.saveveniceboston.org/. Thank you for your interest! 

>Custom Hammered Gold Crosses

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Yesterday, I went to Beaucoup Beads in Scituate Harbor, MA to pick up a special order. Custom hammered gold metal crosses for my beaded St. Mark’s Basilica! These were made by my friend Erin Meagher.  Erin has done custom work for me before – she made hammered silver rims for my beaded motorcycle. Also, she has recently opened an Etsy shop where she sells some of her jewelry. For my sinking St. Mark’s Square painting, Erin created 7 hammered crosses with loops at the bottom instead of the top. I really like how these turned out, so last night I stitched them to the back of my beadwork. Below, you can see a sneak peek of how they look on my canvas:  

Sinking St. Mark’s Square (Venice, Italy).  Bead embroidery on painted canvas. 
24″ x 36″ (32cm x 46cm). Work in progress.
Now, I’m inspired to finish my piece. All I have left to do is a little more painting, and then stitch the beadwork to my painted canvas! 😀

>Drowning in Freeform Peyote Stitch

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Believe it or not, I’ve actually been busy beading during the past week. Working in freeform peyote stitch, I’m creating small strips of beadwork measuring 4-6″ long. These will be the ripples in the water which floods St. Mark’s Square (during acqua alta season) in my painting. I think I am about halfway through making these. They are quite time consuming and right now I feel they are an exercise in futility! You can see how I plan to use these pieces in the photo below. Eventually, they will be stitched directly to the canvas. How do you think it will look when it is finished? (If it will ever be finished!)

Sinking St. Mark’s Square (Venice, Italy).  Bead embroidery on painted canvas. 
24″ x 36″ (32cm x 46cm). Work in progress.