I think that “Spring Time” is a good title for new beginnings….even though the season doesn’t officially start until mid March. I can’t believe that I have not blogged for 2 years….always on my infinite “to do lists,” but never actually getting there, again.
I have been so busy during those 2 years…trying to balance my personal life with my art.
I have been involved with a number of jewelry shows and custom orders where I have made new friends and found new fans of my work, which I must say, is just an undeniable pleasure. Parallel to this, I have been trying to keep up my Etsy shop….not always easy, as just taking pictures of my work to list captivates me and I get lost in time during the process. I cannot escape my love of photography and my background. I have digitized many of my black and white photographs that I have taken and printed myself in the darkroom many years ago, while I lived in New York City and Paris, France. They are of course based on the old-fashioned negatives and not digital images. I have promised the love of my life, my dear husband Philippe, that I will one day exhibit them online to share with all of you and put them up for sale if someone loves them as much as he does.
My thirst for knowledge and need to grow as an artist has led me to take many classes and workshops these past years. In love with the art of making glass beads, lampworking has inspired me beyond words. The sensuality of melting glass and the magic of this medium has found a place in my heart. If only I could find more time in my days to work with glass or rather play with glass, as I see it…I would be completely lost in time, like a child in a sandbox.
I have pushed myself even further to learn the art of metalsmithing in jewelry making. I regularly attend workshops in the San Francisco Bay Area to broaden my horizons in this art. I recently finished another workshop on wax carving and can’t wait to explore this medium further to create more unique pieces of jewelry.
My accomplices in everything I have mentioned in this post are undeniably my children and husband. They are by my side through thick and thin and fuel my passions. But my honorable mention goes to my daughter Chloe today, who has talent beyond words. Chloe accompanies me in every step I take to explore my art and reminds me that nothing is impossible, as I watch her learn and create. She is my collaborator, my partner, and my friend, as well as my daughter. I could not continue Passionately Created without you. Chloe, you are my oldest most beautiful daughter and you have a special place in my heart…..
One day soon, we will have to honor my youngest most beautiful daughter, Gabrielle, who is catching up very fast. One who has mastered the art of “triage” in a potential explosion of beads and has already acquired a reputation for finding lost beaded treasures around multiple studios….
My goal is to combine different techniques and mediums to offer myself endless possibilities to explore and express my artistic imagination…a never ending process….I will bring myself to learn new skills and fill my brain with knowledge of life until I can no longer stand on my own two feet, until I can no longer see but clouds of white, until I can no longer hear the wind whispering in my ears and smell the sweetness of the new born grass of spring……
I promise to myself to blog more often. I will share with you work and ideas in progress and other goodies I can think of….
Art from my Heart