Now, I have to tell you this week's work rendered me speechless. As each piece arrived my excitement grew because I noticed something aside from the incredibly gorgeous use of color in these works. I noticed that artists who have been here for the last few weeks were growing right before my eyes. They took greater risks here. It was like watching the birth of butterflies. AND the new people who arrived were so clearly stretching their imagination and letting themselves have a blast. All of the work of these artists is exquisite, moving, beautiful, awe-inspiring and unforgettable. I guarantee you will not be able to forget these works. You will come back. You will visit their shops again and again. You will fall in love. This week these artists created gorgeous, professional pieces that will set your imagination ablaze with color.
I proudly present....Dreaming in Color.
Rue, creator of Peaches & Kream, created "Needle Felted Doll - Leila". http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5055314
"No longer content merely to dream in color" said Rue, "Leila has resolved to live in color as well."
Sarah Ohme, creator of Oh Me Oh My Design, created this fantastic piece titled, "Teagan", which is an Irish girl's name meaning 'poet.' http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=21147352
Talented artist Maureen created this vibrant, beautiful journal as she was inspired by Persistent Green's journal last week, and Natasha's in an earlier week.
"Well, this is a pot melt drop ring. That means it takes two firings, so it spends about 24 hours total in the kiln. The first firing is where I "make" the glass. I put a lot of colorful scrap glass in a flower pot, paying attention to color and placement, then suspend the pot above the floor of my kiln. The glass melts and forms a circle of one of a kind glass. Then, I suspend the glass once again on a ceramic ring, where the bottom drops out, forming the vase shape you see," said Elizabeth.
Felicia, creator of Fish Princess Designs, created this lovely piece titled, "Twilight Time."
"When I read the theme this week I let my mind wander-The song “Twilight Time” came into my head.
I went through my beads and found the most delicious shades of blues and purple fresh water pearls-deep, rich colors and mixed them with iolite and amethyst beads, iridescent fresh water pearl spears and these funky round coin beads I had found in my favorite bead store. I combined them into a triple strand necklace that explodes into the colors of “twilight time,”" said Felicia.
This image is based on an actual dream I had - everyone is welcome to read the whole, rather funny, story at: http://mkcphotographybymichelleciarlo-hayes.blogspot.com/2009/02/story-behind-picture-bubbles.html
Image Two: "Flying in the Stars"
"This second piece is something I've been imagining for quite some time - I'm in love with Philip Pullman's trilogy of books that begins with "The Golden Compass." It is my dream to set sail in a balloon on an aeronautical adventure like the characters in the book!" said Michelle.
Salvaged Expression created this exquisite necklace that glows in the dark!
"This is definitely a project where everything came together," said Salvaged Expression. "I had only just gotten many of the bits and bobs to make this choker and was aching to use them though I wasn't sure how. Your inspiration photos were inspiring indeed so I decided to pay homage to the aurora's by making the necklace glow in the dark. The half moon shape of the pendant even reminds me of the curve of the earth while the big pony beads keep things playful."
Tiffany, creator of Love Peace and Dye, created this incredible "Dreaming in Color with Obama Dramatic Party Dress From Totally Recycled Fiber."
Ruth, creator of Allover Art, created this fabulous "Cosmic Blueberry Lemonade Hand-Painted Art Pendant Necklace". http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=21222305
Janie, creator of Lifeartdesigns, created this gorgeous beads.
Kelly, creator of kpdesigns07, created this unforgettable 5x7 original painting with black matte background and bright neon textured forefront titled, "Neon Moon".
Dreaming in Color
they talk you know…
especially at night, tucked away in their bottles and bags and tubes.
and they spend a lot of time bickering and complaining…
“should have used us, what was she thinking”
“we’re the favorites”
(and they’re right, the greens ARE my favorites)
“she bought more of those!”
but eventually they quiet and drift into sleep…
and with sleep comes dreams
and did you know…
beads dream in color.
Theresa, creator of WoodNGoods, created this stunning "Celtic Warrior mirror".
"I believe your dreams are a reflection of who you are, and only you can make them come true. I found some of the more colorful woods in my shop to make this mirror," said Theresa. "The satin wood, purple heart, oak, and red exotic wood are all natural colored - no stains or dyes were used in the sun. "
"I actually dreamed about color because it’s snowing (AGAIN!!!) here in Illinois. When my eye landed on these pictures in craft store I knew instantly what I’m going to create with them. I couldn’t wait to be home, forget everything around (the reorganization mess) and get working. Here is first of my new pendants," said Lada.
Alwaysadorable created this gorgeous, colorful piece titled, “Imagination’s Slumber”.
"The mind is an amazing and intricate place, where imagination and dreams roam free; where color takes to life with great sweeping motions to reach the deepest secrets and the brightest memories and pour them out one dream at a time," said Alwaysadorable.
Talented photographer and artist JenGer created these three amazing photos.
"While it may be the antithesis of this week theme, the color white popped into my mind.( often in my dreams Im wearing white) I digitally manipulated some recent snow pictures that I had taken, and while these three photos arent meant to go together, they are all somewhat dream like to me. I had a nice realxing time working on them :-)" said JenGer.
Now tell me, were you not moved??
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