Saturday, January 24, 2009

Wet snow, castles and square beads

This is the view out our back door this looks like sleet but it was really big fat flakes coming down so fast that they ended up looking  like icicles hanging on the tree in the photo. It was way too dark inside to paint today but I did take a photo of my last session.
I can see that it is going to be a killer to get a good photo of this painting, I had good light when I took it but I still had to adjust everything to approximate the colors and tones in the painting. I realized as I was blocking in the trees on the right that they are bordering an old moat. You can see it at this stage, but the whole area is under brush in the reference and so it wasn't evident. 

Since I couldn't paint today I thought maybe I'd play around with designing a new necklace. Spent most of the morning sketching something up and then the rest of the day extruding, cutting and drilling over 300 quarter inch square beads for my project. 

This is a photo of them in my dutch oven just before popping them in the oven. I'm going to have to hand sand just about all of them to get a clean weave pattern. 

So we know what I'll be doing this weekend lol!  



  1. All of these shots are great! The snow, almost makes me wish I was sitting in your kitchen seeing it myself (I drink coffee and tea-- so either one, thanks:)
    The painting is coming along great! The trees almost look photgraphed!
    And you know I love the beads, right?

  2. It's coffee in this house, so have a seat!

    I wish those trees would just emulsify themselves on the canvas like a photo :D

    And the beads...yeah, was thinking of you the whole time I was making them lol.

  3. Those beads look like fun! I can hardly wait to see what you make with them!

  4. Hey, Mallory...revisiting an old seed beed necklace I did years ago, trying to give it a more modern edge...we'll see if it works :)


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