Thursday, May 7, 2009

MIND PAINTING


Years ago I used to paint, as in oil painting, very abstract, one day i'll see if I can post that. I painted with palette knives, rarely used a brush, and I reeeeealy enjoyed the physical part of it, scraping, dabbing, pushing, sometimes in a frenzy, brutally, like it was a release! I guess that sounds kind of frightening, but it was a rush, and in working with metal, I feel the same way. I can gouge, mar, scratch, heat and manipulate it into something that's truly mine, it's the physical part of it that is different from beading. I've been working on projects from Mary Hettmansperger's book "Wrap, Stitch, Fold and Rivet". I love doing it, and it's a nice contrast to beading, which can sometimes be repetitive to me. Deryn Mentock has a challenge on her blog to participate in the projects in this book. It's very worthwhile, even if metal is not totally your thing, because it improves your skill level and I think it improves your mindset! Just a different way of looking at things. I can already see projects that I will do in the future that will incorporate both beading and metal. Deryn's blog is one of the most informative, thoughtful and inspirational that I have seen. The word beautiful somehow doesn't do her work justice, it's beyond that, and you can feel her sincerity and commitment in each piece she creates. I will also say she is one of the kindest people out there. Even if her style is not yours, by visiting her blog you can surely take something with you when you leave that will enrich your life. I like to think we are all trying to enrich each other in our own little way!

12 comments:

SummersStudio said...

Inspirational Sharon! That physical aspect of manipulating clay, and the tactile part of it is why I work the way I do. I love Deryn's blog as well. It's always good to look outside your own comfort zone I think.

stregata said...

Hey Sharon, your Shelf necklace is stunning! Very well done! I hope to see more. And you know, Deryn's blog and work can only be summed up in one word, in my opinion: sublime!

sharon said...

Thanks LeAnn and Renate, I couldn't agree more, and actually LeAnn I thought of you when I wrote the post because I knew that if you worked with the clay you would know what I was talking about! Renate, I know you are into metal work, when will we see more?!!

peacockfairy said...

What a stunning necklace! Great job!

Judy said...

What an awesome piece!! So creative! Can't wait to see more, and I would love to see one of your paintings.

2ifbysea said...

Love the new piece! I enjoy Deryn's work and her blog too!

Kristin said...

I love Deryn's work and I love this necklace! Thank you for sharing it Sharon. I've been resisting buying that book, but I may have to now.

sharon said...

Thank you, thank you! Everyone is so encouraging, which always motivates me to do more!!

Tammy and Rob said...

Beautiful necklace Sharon! I too would love to see your paintings. And thank you for being so encouraging to all of us too! I found the most gorgeous beads today at the art show, I am so happy right now :)

3rdEyeMuse said...

I really like the composition of this piece ... beat, scratch, gouge away - it's obviously working. :)

lilibulle said...

wowowowwwwww!! i use to paint with palette knives !!! you are absolutely right!! and show it to us one day !! this piece is stunting!!

sharon said...

You are too kind Lilibulle!

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