>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! 😀

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

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.

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

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).
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>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.

>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.

>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.