Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Downsizing

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Well, when the main job supporting the house is downsized then other things need to follow suit. So I am downsizing my inventory here at Nine Dragons Sculpture Art and giving some great savings for a limited time.

Here's your chance to purchase high quality original oil paintings, sculptures and unique wearable art designs at a fabulous price...most items are marked off at 25-50% off.

All items have the same guarantee as they did at full price...satisfaction guaranteed. My products are made with the best quality materials possible and each is an original design by myself.

These products were all priced at a fair market price for the quality hand created expertise that went into their creation, so this is an exceptional deal and will not be offered again. All of these products are available through my site or any of the following 1000 Market markets of which I am a member in good standing:

Wearable Art Market

Bohemia Esprit

Mind Body Spirit

Pacific Northwest Market

Rocky Mountain Market

All purchases are through guaranteed Amazon Payments...one quick and easy click for the item(s) you want a fabulous deal on. Hurry...limited time offer!

Sue Choppers-Wife/Proprietor Nine Dragons Sculpture Art



Thursday, June 4, 2009

Today's Eye Candy!

Just wanted to share some lovely eye candy with everyone :)

The first photo is of my first bearded iris bloom from propagation splits I was given last year. I planted around 30 of different colors but so far this is the only one to bloom. It's really huge, standing about 2 1/2 foot tall and the flower is about a handspan wide.

The next photo is of my birthday bouquet that Chopper got me...he said he wanted to overwhelm me with them (since several women stopped him in the store to tell him how lovely they were I guess I wasn't the only one!)

The last are from my neighbor...all those blooms are on a single stalk...and they smell just heavenly.

And lastly...my latest creation...the Big Bold Bohemian Bangle Bracelet

Hope you enjoyed all the eye candy!



Friday, May 29, 2009

Sunday Night At the Market III - Swooning Over Art

Welcome! Please join us here for our next Sunday night chat.

June 7th - 7PM Eastern, 6PM Central, 5PM Mountain, 4PM Pacific


Curious about the treasures Wearable Art Market artists seek out?

Want to know what favorite art materials these artists can't live without?

Interested in seeing a show and tell of their most recent artworks?

Join us here: http://www.1000markets.com/forums/23/topics/4689

in the WAM forum for our monthly Sunday Night At The Market chat to discover answers to the above and more....

Our Sunday night get togethers are informal, fun, informative and open to all. We love passing around the chocolate, tea and cookies and sharing info about our passion for wearable art. Bring your questions...we'll do our best to answer them. Bring images of pieces from your treasure troves to share with us.

Hosted this month by Wearable Art Market merchant fatalattraction, owner of le Enchantment at 1000 Markets who also created this awesome photo montage!



Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Friday, May 8, 2009

Lavender and Russet - what a lovely color combination for jewelry!

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Ok...this is my latest creation...a Lavender and Russet Square Tile Bracelet .

I love purple, but sometimes it seems overwhelming in a piece of jewelry, so discovering that russet would complement and tone down that purple was a real nice treat for me. As an artist I'm pretty familiar with most color combinations, but this is not one you see often. I'd love to say it was something I came up with, but the actuality is an even better story lol.

You see, there's a certain enhancing lubricant tv commercial that uses an opening flower to demonstrate the effectiveness of using this during certain special moments. That flower was colored in gorgeous purple and dusty rose tints and really grabbed my attention. I'm pretty sure that I was supposed to be more taken with the product than the imagery ... and I'm not sure what that says about me, but that's an artist for you ... we always jump to the eye candy first!



Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Time Management for the Small Jewelry Business owner with Fibromyalgia and Chronic Pain

Running a small jewelry business when you're dealing with the issues that stem from having chronic pain from fibromyalgia, is sometimes quite the challenge. It doesn't help that most of us that deal with FMS are classic Type A personalities. When we're not flaring we always seem to be pushing ourselves to extreme limits to make up for lost time. Sometimes we can get away with weeks of non-stop scrambling on studio time, updating our online listings, blogging and googling plus keeping up with all the other non-art related facts of life like house and yard maintenance. 

But then it always happens that one day you'll type one word too much, lean over the drafting table just the wrong way or just wake up, right back in a major flare up that will sometimes last a month or better. Not only is it extremely painful to have a frozen shoulder, weak back, cramped muscles or a general flu-like feeling, it's also extremely frustrating to just have to stop all the projects you have on the table. You would think that after 8 years of dealing with these cycles that I would've learned to manage my time a bit better.

The trouble with FMS is that you do have some good periods, and it's easy to tell yourself that THIS time it will be different. But sooner or later you pay the price for that thought. There's a saying that if you do the same thing over and over you will never get a different outcome. How true is that?

So after my latest downtime I decided to take the bull by the horns and try to change things. Since my last bout involved a partially frozen shoulder I realized that I could not spend quite so much time typing online. Instead of trying to keep up with daily blogs on two sites, chatting on market forums and responding to a heavy email load I switched my schedule up. I decided that I could only spend up to two hours a day doing online work, except for Tuesdays and Fridays, when I would do regular blogs, update listings, catch up on forums and correspondence. I figured this would give me a lot more studio time.

I've been doing this for over a month now, and it has helped me to heal and taken a lot of the pressure off...and we know that stress is the biggest factor leading to flare ups. But for some reason I was not improving my studio time. I'd jump on the computer first thing in the morning and then just drag myself through the rest of the day, barely accomplishing anything. But then a good friend of mine, Karen Casey-Smith , sent me a blog excerpt that she'd read saying that if you want to fail at creating then be sure to start your day off by jumping right online and setting yourself up to be a 'responder' instead of a 'creative starter' the rest of the day. 

Wow! That really struck a chord with me. So I decided that from then on I would only turn the computer on in the morning to check for orders. I ignore everything else until the afternoon's two hour session and what a COMPLETE difference it has made in my work days. I find that instead of sitting with my second cup of coffee at the puter I now sit on the couch with it and my studio space is directly in my line of eyesight. I start thinking about what I'm going to do with my day. The next thing you know I am working away and I am extremely happy with my progress lately. 

That is not all I do to be more productive... I change tasks every couple hours and make sure I get up and move around as close to hourly as I can. Every other day I do gentle arm stretch exercises, and then I do a simple 10 wall pushups and 10 lunges. It's sure not much of a workout but it's helping my core muscles which have really been weakened. I can't walk for any long distances due to some back issues but I do get out and walk the perimeter of our large uphill back yard a few times, and if the weather is bad, I walk from room to room in the house several times a day. 

I take SAM-e to keep my moods from swinging and I've recently started taking MSM (on the recommendation of Karen again) for my connective tissue health. I still take advil in the morning but I have noticed that I'm seeing some improvement in my joint areas. I'm not quite sure how the MSM is different but glucosomine and Celebrex have not been helpful in the past. Years ago I was on anti-depressants and pain meds but they did more harm than good and I think I do much better with natural supplements that my body already produces.

So, while this is no guarantee that I'll never have another flare up, it's helped me to manage my working time with good results. Hopefully when I do flare it will be for a shorter duration in future and my scheduling will allow me to keep working. I hope this is of some help to those with chronic pain issues. While there's no doubt it sucks to have to live with something like this, it helps to try and remember just how sweet the good days can be and make the most of them with a good plan for the present. 




Sue
http://ninedragons.1000markets.com

Friday, May 1, 2009

Forwarding an Invitation to the May 3rd Sunday Night at the Wearable Art Market Discussion hosted by Streetnoodles




This month the open discussion in the Wearable Art Market forum will be based around the strange things artists sometimes do for their art...sure to be a lot of laughing on this one!

Here's the original invitation posted by this month's host Streetnoodles


Get out your pencils and mark your calendars, the next Wearable Art Market Sunday gathering will be May 3rd; 7pm EST, 6pm central, 5pm mountain and 4pm pacific time, till whenever!

The thread will be in the Wearable Art Market public forum--http://www.1000markets.com/forums/23

The "Wearable Art Market" is eager to break down the walls between buyer & seller...opening the doors of discussion that will help everyone to understand a little more about our varied crafts and the inspiration behind it...even the day-to-day mondain tasks needed to be done to follow our passion.

With that in mind, the artists of the Wearable Art Market will be getting together Sunday evening and we'd love to have you join us!

Art will be the subject of course-- inspiration, latest ambitions, recent successes-- or works in progress-- BUT i recently watched an old video of "A Chorus Line"...and the question that came up, "what i did for love"...corny i know BUT i would like to ask a variation of that question--"what is the most silly or humiliating thing you've done for art? ...think about it & bring it to the forum!

I suggest you pop some popcorn, or maybe some salsa & chips, beverage of your choice, barefeet or "bunny" slippers a must, and maybe a pillow for your bum...we're in for the long haul.


Hope to see you there! (what does this photo has to do with my sacrifices for art?) teehee!

Sue
http://ninedragons.1000markets.com

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Today's Market Finds at 1000 Markets


1000 Markets

We are a community of marketplaces, large and small, connecting artisan merchants with the people who love their products.

Our markets are more than just collections of products; they are full of people and stories. They have voices and personalities.

Our merchants are small, independent, artisan businesses built by people who love their craft. They make and sell unique products, based on their own vision, personality and story. Working together, these artisans create marketplace communities - gathering places where merchants can exchange ideas, and customers can browse and talk.

Our markets are large and small, broad and narrow. Some have themes, like food, crafts, or art. Others cultivate a sense of place around a region. And some exist simply because the people in them share friendship or common values. Each market fosters its own one-of-a-kind community, always unique and interesting.


ROCKY MOUNTAIN MARKET : High-Altitude Artisans

We are artisans of the Rocky Mountains, encompassing the beautiful states of Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Utah, and Wyoming.

Our products are the kind you might discover at a great farmers market, craft fair or at a quaint little ski-town boutique. Our work represents a wide variety of art and craftsmanship - from pottery to photography, jewelry to papercraft, and everything in between.

We have brought our shops together here for you to explore. We hope you will visit often and be as inspired as we are by the amazing beauty of the Rocky Mountains.


PACIFIC NORTHWEST MARKET : Unique and One-of-kind artisan products from the Pacific Northwest

Welcome to the Pacific Northwest Market - a place to find wonderfully talented artisans from the diverse states of Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington.

From ocean to rain forest and from desert to mountain, the Pacific Northwest has amazing variety not just in weather and geography but in people and art. We hope you can find your very own piece of the Pacific Northwest here.

Come explore our market learn more about our beautiful states.


MIND BODY SPIRIT : Nurture, inspire, heal, create!

The purpose of the Mind Body Spirit Marketplace is to offer quality products that are designed to nurture, inspire, heal and honor the spirit inside all of us. This marketplace is positive in nature and non-denominational.

Quote of the Week: "It is a wholesome and necessary thing for us to turn again to the earth and in the contemplation of her beauties to know of wonder and humility." -Rachel Carson


BOHEMIA ESPRIT : A Place for the artistic...bohemian soul...

Bohemia Esprit...the spirit of bohemian...the free soul full of spirit...finding truth, meaning, art and freedom in expression.

We at Bohemia Esprit seek to provide a marketplace for the bohemian spirited person to shop, discover new ideas and products and find information on the bohemian lifestyle. Our mission is to encourage artistic expression that while is oft times against convention still speaks of quality handmade and artisan produced pieces of art.


WEARABLE ART : Art For The Body

A place to find creations of art that extend beyond the traditional. Welcome to the Wearable Art Market. Our creations are here to adorn the human body. Wearable art jewelry, clothing and accessories. All of our shops will entice you to visit.


Sue
http://ninedragons.1000markets.com

Friday, April 24, 2009

Full Moon Rising

I've been working on a new necklace but it's pretty detailed and is taking forever, especially since I'm dealing with some physical issues that only allow me to work in spurts. Sometimes that can be frustrating, as I really like best to keep a steady work schedule. It used to be that I'd bounce up every day like the sun, full of energy and ideas for the day, but lately the sun hasn't shown its face much. 

Sometimes when we're not getting the results we want, we tend to focus on the negatives and forget that there's still a beautiful world all around us, if we only take the time to notice it. I was a little lost for a blog today...I did a new pendant but it's still cooling from the oven and so I went to my photos for inspiration. I took this photo from my front porch at the end of last June, about 8:30 at night...the sun was setting in the west as the moon rose in the east. I'd totally forgotten about it after uploading it to the computer.

So, as I was looking at it, I started to think about my situation in relation to the photo. Just as the day is taking away the sun and dropping into darkness, a new light comes. It's not as bright, its light is cooler, and it comes less often but it is beautiful in its own right. Soon that light will be the only beacon in the sky. I realized that the sun may be gone but the only reason I see that moon is because the hidden sun is still lighting it from the other side of the world. It's not gone, it's just waiting for the earth to turn again before it shines on my face once more. 

Sometimes the darkness closes in on us in one form or another, but it doesn't mean it's an ending. Sometimes you see the light and other times you forget to look for it because you are bemoaning the loss of brilliant brightness and cannot see the soft glow above the distant hills signaling that there is still hope. Maybe it's not always this obvious, maybe sometimes you can't find it at all, but it is always there. 
 

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Bohemia Esprit at 1000 Markets


Bo·he·mi·an            Listen to the pronunciation of Bohemian
Pronunciation:
\-mē-ən\
Function:
noun
Date:
1555
1 a: a native or inhabitant of Bohemia b: the group of Czech dialects used in Bohemia2often not capitalized a: vagabondwanderer ; especially : gypsy b: a person (as a writer or an artist) living an unconventional life usually in a colony with others

es·prit            Listen to the pronunciation of esprit
Pronunciation:
\is-ˈprē\
Function:
noun
Etymology:
French, from Old French espirit, Latin spiritus spirit
Date:
1573
1 : vivacious cleverness or wit

from Miriam/Webster online dictionary

Ok...so now you know what it is and had a teeny peek at some of the fabulous artisan work at this market, so come take a look to see what else we have to offer! 

Bohemia Esprit at 1000 Markets


Sue
http://ninedragons.1000markets.com

Friday, April 17, 2009

In honor of Earth Day - my Heaven and Earth Pendant

This Heaven and Earth Pendant is number 13 in my Negative Spaces - Random Meanings series and quite seriously is my favorite so far. It's 3 1/2 inches long, but because it's polymer it's light as a feather and not at all clunky for a larger size pendant. 

The thing I love about doing these pieces is that it's all impulsive...suddenly out of nowhere I get the urge to do one and I have absolutely no preconceived ideas. I just grab (or mix) a color that seems right, the shape is completely random...when it looks right, well, that's just it. Usually I just find a stamp pattern and do it once...this one required a blending of 4 different stampings and some tool imprints to make it 'just right'. Not MY 'just right' but whatever the fates decide. 

As soon as I saw this I knew its title and I knew the finish it needed. The base is a lime green and the patina is a copper metallic. The photo shows the blending but it can't capture the way this glows like gold when the light hits it...it's just awesome. 

I don't what it is about this series...and I don't know how long it will continue or how it may evolve...but it's really like someone besides myself is behind it...and that is what makes it so unique.

Happy Earthday, World...I hope the coming years are kinder to you.


Sue
http://ninedragons.1000markets.com

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Mind - Body - Spirit: Two Places, One Healing












Yesterday was a day when I desperately needed to get away. For the past 9 days I've been dealing with some pretty rough neck and shoulder issues and my soul needed some of nature's healing. So Chopper, Boots and I headed out of town to Cherry Springs to catch the first flush of spring. 

The ride was painful, spring showers dampened the walk and you would have thought it was a miserable day to be tromping along a nature walk, especially with nary a bud to be found on the trees yet. But not for me, because nothing restores my soul as much as just being a part of nature's annual rebirth and having the bonus of a day spent enjoying my family's company. 

I love the way sap turns red in river willows and lichen turns plain stone and bark into wondrous colors and patterns. These photos are beautiful but they can't catch the feel in the air or the wonder in my heart as my eyes rested upon what is the true world around us.

On the way back we came across a herd of deer feeding in the Arbon Valley...deer are one of my spirit animals, and always a sign of hope, so it was a special way to end the day.

Then I came home, still hurting but much replenished, to find one last gift...an invitation for my shop to join the new Mind Body Spirit market. My body still has some healing to do but my spirit is full :)

I hope yours, too, is replenished by sharing some special moments with me in my photos and then seeing what else is good for your soul at "Mind Body Spirit" :)

Sue
http://ninedragons.1000markets.com

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Down Time

Just a short notice to say I have some shoulder issues going on and will have to take some downtime from the computer. I'm fine, doing physical therapy and have gotten through this before, but won't be able to keep up with the blog, twittering etc for awhile. My store at 1000 Markets will still be open and I'll be reading other blogs etc when I can, just won't be commenting. See you when it's better :)  





Sue
http://ninedragons.1000markets.com

Friday, April 3, 2009

Sunday Night at the Market -- You're Invited!

One of the most special things about 1000 Markets is the way the format encourages everyone to get to know the people behind the art!  


With that in mind, the artists of the Wearable Art Market will be getting together Sunday evening and we'd love to have you join us!  


Art will be the subject of course-- inspiration, latest ambitions, recent successes-- or works in progress-- general levels of creativity, chocolate addictions-- Who knows what else and where it will lead? Join us and find out!


The thread will be in the Wearable Art Market public forum-- http://www.1000markets.com/forums/23 on  


Sunday April 5th, 7 EST, 6 central, 5 mountain and 4 pacific till whenever! 


Just jump right in with your own comments and observations (or questions if you're a wearable art fan) and help us make this first Sunday Night at the Market a grand success! 

Sue
http://ninedragons.1000markets.com

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Pacific Northwest Market shop - wire tree jewelry


Welcome to a new market at 1000 Markets called Pacific Northwest Market. Here we offer the very best of the Pacific Northwest and the great thing about a regional market like this is the diversity of products. I'm going to have a lot of fun introducing you to some of the shops there (of which I am one), and you know me...I'll zone right in on something I love. So, check out this fine little collection of copper goodies offered by wire tree jewelry .

Ever since I was a little child I've had a fascination with how oil film sits on top of puddles in an awesome array of colors. I can't tell you how many times I was told not to 'dawdle' because I was mesmerized in place, so you have to know I was going to be mesmerized when I saw this collection of fire patina on copper! I not only love the colors but the shapes of the pieces is so zen-like that I definitely have one on my wishlist :)

So if you too are fascinated by ripples of rainbow colors in a zen setting, then please stop by wiretree's shop to get your own little hypnotizer :D 

Sue
http://ninedragons.1000markets.com

Monday, March 30, 2009

A Collection of Art Pendants and Necklaces presented by the Wearable Art Market





Each week I will be presenting a small selection from one of the Wearable Art Collections in the Wearable Art Market at 1000 Markets. This week's feature photo collection sampling is entitled Art Pendants and Necklaces

"Wearable art, also known as Artwear or "art to wear", refers to individually designed pieces of (usually) hand-made clothing or jewelry created as fine or expressive art. While the making of any article of clothing or other wearable object typically involves aesthetic considerations, the term wearable art implies that the work is intended to be accepted as a serious and unique artistic creation or statement. Pieces may be sold and/or exhibited." (from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wearable_art ")  

The Wearable Art Market has a wonderfully diverse selection of products, so please drop in next week to see one of our non-jewelry collection categories. Or you can go take a peek for yourself by clicking on one of our Product Collections, found on the home page of the Wearable Art Market .

Sue
http://ninedragons.1000markets.com

Friday, March 27, 2009

Art for the Body re-blog







This is a re-blogging of this week's feature artist on Art for the Body...a Blog of Wearable Art presenting Sharon MacLeod

Sharon's work is strong, vibrant and heavily ethnic. She works with an unlikely combination of materials. The bracelets start with her own graphic art that is printed on thin paper, which is then meticulously laminated to various sizes of small tubing, and then assembled with a variety of materials including polymer clay, glass, metal, rubber and plastic.

Sue
http://ninedragons.1000markets.com