Help support the many, amazing artists in this challenge and Blockhead Radio. That station and it's entire crew do SO much to help other artists like YOU. Please take a moment to vote, enter a work of your own and support a wonderful, amazing radio station! http://www.blockheadradiolive.com/
Finally there will be lots happening here over the next couple of weeks so be sure to pop in and say hi when you have a moment. I love when you visit :)
This week's theme is beautiful, simply beautiful. In all of the works that were created there is a sense of movement but also a deep sense of grace. It amazes me that these incredible artists were able to create elegant, vibrant pieces that have an exciting undercurrent of electricity running through them. Whether these artists were having a week from hell or taking time to dream as they created, they all brought unforgettable works to life and that is a testament to the professionalism, talent, beauty and passion each artist has within their heart.
Now, it gives me great pleasure to invite you to the dance......
Sherry, creator of The Silver Lake Studio, created this truly phenomenal piece titled, “Boogie Nights.”
“While I worked on this piece, I could hear that old song bouncin' around in my head,” said Sherry. “At first, I thought I would make some sterling high heels but I found out that I can't draw shoes. I got the dress on the first try, so I went with that. I sawed the dress out of sterling silver sheet, made the flower, belt and heart and soldered it all together. The pendant is a smidge over 2" long and a little over 1" wide at the bottom of the skirt. The dress has a belt with a 14kt. heart for the buckle and there is a flower with a 14kt. Center on one shoulder. Using antique metal stamps, I added some pattern to both the top and bottom of the dress. This pendant hangs at an angle from a jump ring in the top of the flower.”
"I pirouetted in my journal, playing with simple markers," said Maureen.
“Between my father and I, we have decades of dance experience,” said Michelle. “He was a fabulous tap and ballroom dancer in his youth; I danced ballet and modern until I graduated from college. My dad chose the song for our dance on my wedding day - a lovely waltz that seemed to last forever, yet not long enough. I felt like a princess swirling around the dance floor, guided by his confident steps. Of all the dance shoes I've worn in my life, these are by far my favorite.”
Agathe, created of Meherio68 of Le Bar du Vent, created this truly stunning piece titled, “The Joy of Dancing Clouds".
“Do you have any idea how many more or less fantastic ideas danced around my mind all week?!” asked Agathe. “How could I bring across onto the world wide web how very wild, irrepressible - and mostly unartistic - the joyful, pulsing impulse can be? I did have an idea for a whirly, twirly and, of course, pearly, ring... That might be ready for the next mini-monthly. Hopefully.
Salvaged Expression created this fabulous piece.
“I ended up stretching two sets of muscles for this project,” said Salvaged. “I haven't really drawn much in the last year or so and yet again the black paper was calling to me. The drawing really evolved as I was doing it and I didn't know where it would actually end or what it would look like but I am pretty happy with it and the different feel that both figures have. I definitely have some tone work to do both with my drawing and my dancing but I'm definitely back on my feet. I still can't figure out what to call this piece but we'll see if inspiration strikes when I list it.”
Any title ideas for Salvaged?
“This week has KICKED MY ASS so while I am expecting that this week's Sweet Treat will have many beautiful dancers twirling through the rainbows or waltzing with their unicorn partners; here is my take on The Week From Hell,” said Lorrie. “I know I am very blessed to have a job that allows me to be creative on a daily basis, but sometimes it just feels like it is creation On Demand.”
“This theme was lot's of fun - it allowed me to combine many of my interests: nature, living history and beads!” said Kelly. “During the Victorian and Edwardian era, a ladies hair was her crowning adornment. For an evening dance she might embellish her hairstyle with an ornament "en tremblant" or a trembler formed on wire which moved as she danced. I choose a dragonfly, both as insect motifs were very popular and because dragonflies seem to dance through the air as they go about their way.
Picture an elegant lady, in full evening dress with upswept hair, held in the arms of a dashing gentleman; they waltz round the ballroom and moving with them, an equally elegant dragonfly in perfect time with the music.
Okay, well a girl can dream!”
“When I read this week's theme, "The Joy of Dance," I immediately saw flashes of swirling color, rhythm and movement,” said Amanda. “I chose to play with Dr. Ph. Martin's Hydrus liquid watercolors, which are vibrant and bold and fantastic! I loved the way these fiery colors intertwine--they spin and twirl like a flamenco dancer.”
“On with the Dance”
“I am an avid collector of quotations,” said Felicia, “so when I saw the theme for this week I knew I had many inspirational quotes about dance and dancers. I had a hard time deciding which of two quotes to use for this collage, but Lord Byron’s quote was right on the mark for “The Joy of the Dance.”
“One of my all-time favorite quotes, and this image of my great-niece Abby is one of my most cherished family photos,” said Felicia. “Her mother reports that Abby, now in college, “still likes jewelry, short skirts & high heels!”
“On with the Dance”
Tell me, didn't these works fill you with joy and make you want to dance around the room in celebration of life?
Please share your thoughts, ask the artists questions, leave a comment and some love here. Then, go visit these artists at their shops and blogs, share some more and tell a friend! Thanks so much for visiting!!