>Peyote-Stitched Water

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Sinking St. Mark’s Square (Venice, Italy).  Bead embroidery on painted canvas. 
24″ x 36″ (32cm x 46cm). Work in progress.
I hope everyone had a wonderful 4th of July weekend! It has been crazy hot here in the Boston area – we are in the middle of a heat wave! I don’t mind though – I like it hot. It reminds me of my trip to Venice, Italy! So for the past couple days I’ve been working on my beaded St. Mark’s Square painting. I painted in the gray buildings on the right side of the deteriorating Campanile. They are actually empty lots where these buildings used to be. The buildings no longer exist in my painting because they too deteriorated & sunk into the Grand Canal. It is my intention that the right side of the painting look very contemporary with its hard edges – perhaps to represent the future of Venice. The left side of the painting is meant to look more traditional representing how Piazza San Marco once looked. My beaded Basilica & Campanile will represent how it actually looks today…

Now, I must work on the beaded water which will fill in the lower section of the painting. I started working in 3-drop peyote stitch. I am using several different green and gray seed beads. I plan to make many different pieces of beadwork that I will eventually stitch directly to the painted canvas. These will represent the acqua alta which floods St. Mark’s Square every year. How do you think it will look? 

>Blue Painted Venetian Windows

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Long time, no post! If you have been following me on Twitter, you’ll know that I have been pretty busy this week. I was busy working my regular job; I volunteered at the Cambridge Art Association one day; I dropped off 3 of my small beaded paintings at University Place Gallery for the Art Fair; and I dropped off my beaded Yellow Submarine painting, The Hijack, at the Kathryn Schultz Gallery for this month’s New Members Show!
Finally last night, I had some time to work on the canvas for my beaded St. Mark’s Square a little more. I mostly worked on the buildings to the left of my beaded St. Mark’s Basilica. These first started out just outlined in gray acrylic paint. Then, I painted an off-white over the buildings. Now, I am adding some colour! I also removed the masking tape from the right side of the painting. This portion obviously needs a little work, but my intention is to make it look as though these buildings have somehow gone missing from the painting! They must have deteriorated and sunk into the Grand Canal! What do you think? Back to painting & beading!

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

>CAA New Members Show & Art Fair

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Today, just a quick announcement to let you know that this year, I will be participating in Cambridge Art Association’s New Members Show! This is an un-juried show featuring works in all mediums! Most works will be available for sale including my beaded Yellow Submarine painting, The Hijack. 🙂 


The infamous beaded Yellow Submarine hijack of 1968 is the most probable explanation for all of this anti-music… MEDIA: glass seed beads, acrylics. 24″ x 36″.



This exhibit will be installed at:



Hours: Tuesdays through Saturdays 11am to 5pm.

*The exhibit runs from July 2- July 28, 2010. 


If you happen to be in the neighborhood, I hope you’ll stop by! 

I will also be submitting a few small works for Cambridge Art Association’s annual summer Art Fair. The Art Fair takes place at University Place Gallery, 124 Mt. Auburn St., Cambridge, MA. This event features works in all mediums priced $200 or less. The Art Fair takes place during July & August. If you happen to be in Harvard Square on a regular basis, I highly recommend checking this out sooner rather than later – before your favourite artwork sells! That’s the news for now! 😀

>Semi-Painted Buildings

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For the past couple of days, I have been working on my sinking St. Mark’s Square painting. I took Denise‘s advice and decided to leave the water as it is for now. Instead, I began working on the buildings which will surround my beaded St. Mark’s Basilica. Working from an enlarged photo on my iphone, I painted in some of the structures using gray acrylics. I still have a bit more to do on this section, but for now, I think it’s finally starting to look like something! What do you think? 😮

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

>Painted Sky

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I am super shy about showing the progress of my painting on canvas, but here goes anyways… Above, you can see that I masked off an area to the right of my beaded Campanile. It is my intention that this area of my canvas will not be painted. I’m not sure if this idea will work or not – it’s another one of my art experiments! Then, I painted a light bluish-gray winter sky above my sinking St. Mark’s Square. Below St. Mark’s Basilica will be flood water. Right now, it is several shades of green because much water in the canals of Venice looks that way, but I’m thinking that the these waters need to appear more gray, so I will probably paint over this. I also hope to do a little beadwork for the water (eventually), but I haven’t planned this part out yet… I guess we’ll have to see what happens! Back to painting… 😮

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

>By The Beaded Sea Shore

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Just a quick post today to announce yet another art exhibit I am participating in – Duxbury Art Association‘s By The Sea Shore – Art Inspired by the Beach! This gallery exhibition will feature original two-dimensional & three-dimensional works of art in all mediums. Most works will be available for sale, including my beaded painting, Flamingo Moon!


beaded painting Flamingo Moon The Lone Beader bead embroidery acrylics Duxbury Art Association By The Sea Shore art exhibition
Flamingo Moon. Bead embroidery on canvas. 9″ x 12″.

 

This gallery exhibition will be shown at:

Ellison Center for the Arts
64 St. George St.
Duxbury, MA.

Hours: Monday – Friday 9am-5pm 

Exhibit runs from June 10 – July 19.

Opening reception is this Thursday, June 10, 6-8pm.

Please see the DAA’s website for more information.
If you’re in the neighborhood, stop by and take a peek! 🙂

 

>Parasail the Blue Skies

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bead embroidery blog acrylics sky beach painting parasail birds

Finally, here is my latest small work – Parasail the Blue Skies. This piece was inspired by an afternooon I spent at the beach. It consists of bead embroidery on felt stitched to an acrylic painted canvas. I used Czech & Japanese glass beads, as well as shell beads for the shore birds. This piece measures 12″ x 12″ and is ready to hang. Currently, this piece is listed in my Etsy shop where you can see more photos, but in a couple of weeks, I think I’ll enter this into Cambridge Art Association‘s Art Fair! Back to beading! 😀