Wednesday, January 28, 2015



It's one of the Pantone colors of the year.

It's also a warm and creamy comfort food.

So here's what I've been cooking up in my studio. 

Meet Tribal Custard:

I know, I know, tribal and custard don't really go together. I mean one is primitive and edgy and the other is a creamy warm comfort food. 

Until now. Tribal meets custard. 

I started with a thick variegated chunk of dried acrylic paint. I peeled it off the palette, and then it wanted to be embellished and adorned. So I cut it into slices and arranged them in a harmonious order. Then I added beads of copper, clay and wood.

"Just as the name implies, PANTONE 13-0720 Custard is a delicious and delectable yellow. Sweet and sunny, Custard is a cheering tone that brings thoughts of pleasant relaxation and comfort food. Engaging with its soft and mellow warmth and full of good feelings, subtle Custard has an affable and easy disposition."
Leatrice EisemanExecutive Director, Pantone Color Institute®

Want more custard?

Sorry, no recipes here. That would be someone else's blog. 

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Please leave comments so I can know what you think!

Friday, January 16, 2015

Welcome to our studio

Last October I shared how our art studio was going through some renovations. 
Okay, renovation is putting it lightly. Half of our studio was missing a floor and it was a large mud hole for weeks. My husband did most of the work itself, between work projects. I was pretty concerned about whether we would have it done before winter. Especially because our sole source of heat is a woodstove and there was no floor to put under the stove and therefore no heat. 

You can see the "before pictures" here. 

We finally opened and enjoyed our first bottle of wine in front of the wood stove in our new and improved country art studio on a cold night in mid December. 


                     In the mornings the studio has wonderful light. 

David has recently decided to return to his passion of leatherwork, and he acquired two beautiful stitching machines which we now have in the studio. 

We also have room to paint and have an easel set up in a wonderful sunlit spot.

Our studio is home to our two cats, Bella and Billie. Can't imagine having the studio without our resident studio cats.

So this is David's side of the studio. 

And this is my side- the home of Parts of Art.

So this is where to find us. 
When everyone else is hibernating or whatever they do in the winter, 
we will be in our art studio making art.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Symmetry in design


      Symmetrical balance in visual art is design that has equal areas on both sides of a central line. It may be equal color value, equal amount and kind of ornament, or equal size and shape of components. 

      Perfect symmetry is a mirror image, where two sides are separated by a central axis and one side is the exact opposite of the other. The best example I know of to show perfect symmetry in an art form is the majestic Taj Mahal. 

        Here is another example of formal symmetry as an art form, although it is not quite as formal. It is still symmetrical but with variety on each side. 

We are symmetrical beings. Our physical bodies are perfectly balanced by the central axis of our spine, with the same components on each side of that axis. 

We are designed with symmetrical balance, and so we seek balance in our lives.
We seek it, we crave it; that's just the way we are designed.

So where is the balance?

 This art jewelry piece is balanced; it has a central focal piece and an arrangement of symmetrical components on each side. It is also rich in color and texture and is one of a kind. 
However, I am the artist and as such am not yet satisfied. 
 I want to give it an upgrade, push the edge of the envelope, and take it deeper. I want it to be an inspiration of balance.

I mean, an art piece can be balanced but still lack excitement. 

This one needs to be taken apart and re-constructed with a new level of dazzle dazzle. 

The components of this piece are like pieces chipped off the palette of Jackson Pollack himself. (Not that he ever used a palette; actually, I  am pretty sure he got up on ladders and poured gloss enamel paint on canvas. His "palette" was actually his paint cans!) But if he did in fact have a palette these pieces would have been chipped off from it.

I love  the thickness and the variety of color and the build up of layers of paint on these pieces. They certainly embody the essence of Parts of Art. 
My intention for my new jewelry pieces is to make them more about the parts of art (acrylic paint pieces, canvas, clay, leather, and other choice findings from our studio) and less about store bought beads and findings. In other words, more balanced!

Drum roll please......

So I dismantle the old and bring in the new

And added some tribal glam and a primitive new clasp. 

Now we have the same juicy Jackson Pollack squares of paint in all their colorful glory, and they are still arranged with  basic formal symmetry. There's just more jazz, more elements and components to give harmony and punch to the design.

I would love to hear from you as to which one you like and where you think I should go from here. 
 Please also feel free to leave comments about how you stay balanced. 

This piece is available to purchase on my Etsy store.