Monday, July 14, 2008

I love Mondays

I just love Mondays, I don't know why. Maybe because it is usually my only 'free' day. Usually the kids are all at school, hubby at work and I have the house to myself. Even today, with the kids at home, I am enjoying this Monday.

Have had a little creative time over the past few days and have been working on some mini canvases. The images were inspired by artist James Christenen. I love all the detail to his work and could not imagine even trying to get all that detail in my own work! But, still I thoroughly enjoyed doing these pieces, the small scale was a bit of a challenge!
This piece below is mostly coloured with the Caran D'Ache crayons.
I love the richness of the colour on this one below. I primarily used the Golden fluids on this one.
This last piece is again using the crayons. Still in a state of near completion. I think I prefer using the fluids and that is what I will use on my last two pieces.

It has taken my way too long to get these necklaces photographed and put on my blog! Every time I go to photograph them, the girls are wearing them!
This piece below was made during the 'stone soup' class with Nina at the Melbourne retreat. I made it for my eldest daughter Samara.
It took my ages wiring on all those little beads using the wonderful 'Nina Knots', but well worth all the work. The large stone pendant is a piece of greenstone, very kindly given to me by the lovely Corinne Davis. All the way from the beaches in New Zealand!
I really enjoyed this class and learnt so many techniques. I just loved making the ribbon wrap beads and learning all the knots and clasps and so on. So much to digest in one class, but sooooooo much fun!
Not a very good shot, but a bit of a close up.
And I was so inspired by Ninas class that I started working on this necklace that same night! This is for my daughter Jessica. I bought the Celtic charm pendant on our last day in Melbourne and finished the necklace the next night when I got home to Perth.
The beads actually have a pink and cream tone that seems to have washed out on the photos, but you get the idea!
I really enjoy making the jewellery and though they will never be as good as Ninas, I have fun making them
I actually have a couple more necklaces on the go, just waiting for the right time to complete them.

And finally, my poor baby girl. She was so sick over the weekend, with severe stomach cramps, nausea and a high fever. She finally crashed on the lounge chair about lunch time yesterday and slept the rest of the day away. When she awoke at 8pm, she was feeling so much better and rearing to go! Kids seem to bounce back so quickly! Love you sweetness. xoxo

I did a little scrapbooking last week. Finished pages on my other blog.


Jo Wholohan said...

I love these creations Jo!!! Go the carans :))

Your jewelry is very inspiring, wishing id taken that class now LOL

Best wishes to your baby!!!!

Corrine said...

Haven't the necklaces come out well? Must make more myself.
Hoping your little one is feeling much beter now.

Jacky said...

Your canvases are great Jo. I love the golden fluid acrylics too, the colour has so much more depth. The caron dache crayons are great too, but not the depth of colour though. I find them good for faces though as I tend to be a bit heavy handed with the paint and over do it.
Your jewellery from Nina's class is beautiful... lucky girls your daughters!

Ro Bruhn said...

Great canvases Jo and the necklaces are beautiful

Ursula Clamer said...

Wow Jo, I am amazed by how much you get done! Your jewellery looks fab, and your canvases, in this post and previous, are looking great. The fluids are really richer in colour, the crayons look great but next to the fluids you can really see a differrence. I look forward to seeing more. Ux