The middle of June I woke up one morning in complete panic. I had no designs floating in my head. In fact, I couldn't remember any designs I'd previously been thinking about but hadn't yet centered on. (One more reason to keep a sketch book, which I still DO NOT KEEP).
I can only say to you the panic was breathtaking. The adrenaline my panic created caused me to jump out of bed and start cleaning. At 4:30 in the morning there I was, cleaning, me....cleaning! Of course action causes re-action, so... the more I cleaned the more panicked and desperate I became. By mid-morning you could have eaten off my floors they were so clean and I'm not exaggerating.
I decided to throw my panic "out there" on my facebook page rationalizing that once I'd admitted my bloc to the entire world, literally, as my page is available to anyone, I would be able to STOP my incessant cleaning which was making my hands dirty anyway, and focus.
Almost immediately, an artist acquaintance of mine, Martha Kennedy (please go to her extraordinary website: www.MarthaKennedy.com) wrote back and suggested I stop worrying, do something else, enjoy life and relax. Ha! What did she know, you can tell by looking at her artwork that she's never had a blocked moment in her entire artistic life.
So, because I've never been the type to follow reasonable, sound directions, I decided I should try jewelry techniques I didn't know how to do, and hadn't had time for during the past couple years.
I tippy toed out of my box. I took workshops, I spent an unseemly amount of time surfing the web, I began projects I will never, ever, finish. And I've had an absolute blast these past few weeks!
In San Diego I took Robert Dancik's (www.RobertDancik.com) class in creating plexi-glass beads:
Weird girl face in open plexi-glass bead.
I attended "Metals Week" at the Idyllwild Arts Acadamy and took a course by Brigid O'Hanrahan in granulation and and fusing fine silver:
Hand made fine silver granules and twisted wire fused to fine silver sheet. I don't enjoy granulation, I love fusing, must be a torch thing.
I searched Amazon and bought all the books I could find on free form peyote stitching and created the beginnings of my summer "Mermaid Collection":
Caught in the Net Mermaid Necklace
Mermaid Bracelet - Sold!
Traditional peyote stitch man's cuff with stone and copper-sold!
And then I fooled around with paper clay and added another piece to the Mermaid Collection:
Mermaid's Shells. Hand forged and antiqued copper chain, freshwater pearls, paper clay shells with 24K gold leaf and many coats of acrylic, quartz crystal.
And just for fun, one more cuff and necklace:
Who's Got the Button?" beaded cuff; and,
"In Ancient Times" free form peyote stitched necklace with custom art glass pendant.
The evil spell is broken and there's much more on my creative horizon for the new season. I hope you'll take a moment to browse through the artist websites I noted, and here are a few more of my instructors, just for entertainment value:
Susan Lenart Kazmer - http://objectsandelements.com/
Traci Bautista - http://treicdesigns.com/
Sherri Haab - http://sherrihaab.com/
Best personal regards.......Stevie