Category Archives: painting

Beginning to Bead a Felt Kremlin

This week, I had a chance to work on my bead-embroidered Russian painting.. I am working on a small section which will be the door just below the Kremlin clock tower.

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I have used all kinds of beads: cubes, bugle beads, hex cuts, Tilas, and 11/o and 8/o seed beads so far.. If I had known about Half-Tila beads, I probably would have used some… Oh well, maybe next time.. :(

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This small beaded section measures 10cm x 12cm.

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I still have a long way to go on this piece.. What do you think?  :O

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The Making of a Beaded Rooster..

During the past couple of weeks, I have been busy working on a commissioned bead-painting. This one will feature quite a different subject than I usually bead – a Silver-Laced Wyandotte Rooster!

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I started with a sketch which I used to created a template. Using the template, I cut out several layers of felt in different shapes. These layers will help create the relief aspect of my beadwork. Then, I began stitching mostly Japanese size 15 seed beads to my felt foundation (as well as a few larger beads). I used a few different grays and white, as well as red &  yellow.

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Once I reached the bird’s wing, I decided to try doing bead embroidery with long Magatamas! These are the large oblong shaped white beads in the photo above. I got the crazy idea to use these as feathers!

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Alternating between Magatamas and size 15′s, I worked my way up the bird’s wing. Then, I switched to the smaller clear Magatamas. These are more round then the other beads, but their hole is off-center, so it creates an interesting effect.. What do you think? :D

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After I completed the wings, I continued beading the rest of the rooster’s body.. BUT, I am not finished yet! Please check my Facebook page for the latest updates on this project..

Also, just a quick note to let you know that my beadwork has been featured on the  Street Art United States blog. I am honored! Please stop by and take a peek! 

Thank you for your interest. Back to beading! :D

Majestic Bead Painting Finished!!

Well, it took me a few months, but I finally finished my beaded painting! This piece is entitled Majestic, named after the Boston theatre of the same name. Perhaps you have walked past this alley many times without noticing it..

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‘Majestic’
Bead embroidery on canvas.. 20″ x 24″.

This piece features a bead-embroidered Peterbilt semi truck w/American Bulldog. Materials used in this piece include: metal & glass seed beads, Swarovski crystals, sterling silver, wire, leather cord, felt, & acrylics.. The truck measures approx. 10″ x 10″, and the entire piece measures 20″ x 24″. Beadwork was hand-stitched to a painted canvas, as well as bits of wire, leather, beaded rats, beaded cigarette butts, and one beaded pigeon. (Can you find him?)

This piece will eventually be listed for sale in my Etsy shop.. Until then, I have posted detail photos of this piece on my website.. Thanks for looking!! :D

Beaded American Bulldogs Love Peterbilt Trucks

Finally, I can get back to working on my current bead painting – my beaded semi truck! I had mostly finished beading all of the parts for my truck, so the next step was to create a passenger – a beaded American Bulldog!

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Inspired by my friend’s Bulldog named Diezel, I cut out a small piece of Lacy’s Stiff Stuff. I layered a few pieces of felt on top of the stiff stuff to add dimension. Then, I stitched tiny size 15 seed beads to the felt. The finished piece measures 2 x 2.5cm. After I finished beading Diezel, I stitched him to the inside of my beaded truck.. I also stitched lights to the top of the cab. These are Swarovski crystal rhinestones which I glued to eye pins – an experiment which seems to have worked well! How does it look? :D

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For awhile, I was debating on whether this piece should stand alone or not, but my gut feeling tells me it should be part of a larger painting. So, the other day, I  dug out a 20″ x 24″ canvas and spent some time sketching an extended environment for the truck. This sketch is inspired by the original photograph.. Truthfully, I am a little nervous and excited about this one… So…

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In the meantime, Diezel has also inspired me to make a pair of Bulldog earrings. These are the same size as the bulldog in the truck. The measure 27mm x 23mm. They are sterling silver post earrings and they are currently available for sale at my Etsy shop. I really like how they turned out, but I think I will also make a dangly pair to compare:) Please see this listing for more photos & details..

bead embroidered American bulldog beaded sterling silver post earrings
This year, I plan to expand my product line just a bit by creating variations on this idea for other breeds.. one bead at a time!

Now, back to my painting.. :O

‘Radio City’ Bead Painting – Finished!

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'Radio City'. Bead embroidery on painted canvas. 30" x 40" (76cm x 102cm).

Last week, I finally finished my beaded Radio City Music Hall painting! This piece consists of glass seed beads and speaker grill fabric stitched to an acrylic-painted canvas. (You can view an enlarged photo on Flickr.) I have worked on this off and on since October, so I feel it’s a real accomplishment to finally have it completed and hanging on my wall. Over the next few weeks, I will be working on a couple of smaller beadwork projects while I think about the subject of my next big painting…  I’ll also be busy packing and getting ready to move back to Boston… New beading adventures await! :D

Speak Grill Fabric City

Long time, no post! Things have been pretty crazy the past couple of weeks. As I said before, I am planning to move back to Boston in September, so I have been sorting through everything, getting rid of unwanted items, and selling things on eBay, etc… In between all of that, I have been doing a little painting! Check it out:

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Semi-painted 40" x 30" canvas for my beaded Radio City Music Hall.

First, I painted my 30″ x 40″ canvas black, then I cut out & stitched some speaker grill fabric to the canvas. This was rather difficult to do as this kind of fabric frays easily. Somehow I managed to cut out some shapes that resemble the buildings which surround my beaded Radio City Music Hall! After I stitched them to the canvas, I painted the edges to soften them up a bit.

Then, using a new palette knife and heavy body acrylics, I painted yellow windows and doors just below the theatre. I have never used a knife before, and I will say that I am pleased with the results so far. I have a bit more to paint on the canvas before I stitch all the beadwork into place, but so far, I think it’s lookin pretty good! We’ll see what happens next! :D

>Sinking St. Mark’s Square Painting – Finished!

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Time to celebrate! :D

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Finally, after 4.5 months of beading and painting, I have finished my Sinking St. Mark’s Square painting! I feel very accomplished! :D

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This piece consists of extreme bead embroidery.  

beaded St. Marks Square painting Sq. bead embroidery mixed media Venice Italy Basilica Campanile thelonebeader seed beads

Glass seed beads, Murano glass beads, hammered gold crosses, felt, and acrylic paints were used to create a beaded St. Mark’s Basilica & Campanile. These pieces were then stitched to a 24″ x 36″ acrylic painted canvas depicting a beaded acqua alta.

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This painting will forever remind me of the fragile state of Venice, Italy – a magical city that remains in my heart always. ♥

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Sinking St. Mark’s Square (Venice, Italy).  Bead embroidery on painted canvas. 
24″ x 36″ (32cm x 46cm).
If you would like to help save the city of Venice, consider donating to SaveVenice.org. Save Venice is the largest private organization dedicated to preserving the artistic and cultural treasures of Venice, the world’s most fragile city. Founded in Massachusetts, Save Venice has undertaken restorations of hundreds of works of art in nearly forty years of activity. Save Venice’s Boston chapter raises funds through events in and around Boston, MA annually. Funds are used to stabilize and restore paintings, sculptures, rare books, as well as entire buildings – rescuing them from the ravages of time, the Venetian lagoon climate, and modern threats like pollution. For more information please visit: http://www.saveveniceboston.org/. Thank you for your interest! 

>Peyote-Stitched Water

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Sinking St. Mark’s Square (Venice, Italy).  Bead embroidery on painted canvas. 
24″ x 36″ (32cm x 46cm). Work in progress.
I hope everyone had a wonderful 4th of July weekend! It has been crazy hot here in the Boston area – we are in the middle of a heat wave! I don’t mind though – I like it hot. It reminds me of my trip to Venice, Italy! So for the past couple days I’ve been working on my beaded St. Mark’s Square painting. I painted in the gray buildings on the right side of the deteriorating Campanile. They are actually empty lots where these buildings used to be. The buildings no longer exist in my painting because they too deteriorated & sunk into the Grand Canal. It is my intention that the right side of the painting look very contemporary with its hard edges – perhaps to represent the future of Venice. The left side of the painting is meant to look more traditional representing how Piazza San Marco once looked. My beaded Basilica & Campanile will represent how it actually looks today…

Now, I must work on the beaded water which will fill in the lower section of the painting. I started working in 3-drop peyote stitch. I am using several different green and gray seed beads. I plan to make many different pieces of beadwork that I will eventually stitch directly to the painted canvas. These will represent the acqua alta which floods St. Mark’s Square every year. How do you think it will look? 

>Blue Painted Venetian Windows

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Long time, no post! If you have been following me on Twitter, you’ll know that I have been pretty busy this week. I was busy working my regular job; I volunteered at the Cambridge Art Association one day; I dropped off 3 of my small beaded paintings at University Place Gallery for the Art Fair; and I dropped off my beaded Yellow Submarine painting, The Hijack, at the Kathryn Schultz Gallery for this month’s New Members Show!
Finally last night, I had some time to work on the canvas for my beaded St. Mark’s Square a little more. I mostly worked on the buildings to the left of my beaded St. Mark’s Basilica. These first started out just outlined in gray acrylic paint. Then, I painted an off-white over the buildings. Now, I am adding some colour! I also removed the masking tape from the right side of the painting. This portion obviously needs a little work, but my intention is to make it look as though these buildings have somehow gone missing from the painting! They must have deteriorated and sunk into the Grand Canal! What do you think? Back to painting & beading!

Sinking St. Mark’s Square (Venice, Italy).  Bead embroidery on painted canvas. 
24″ x 36″ (32cm x 46cm). Work in progress.

>Semi-Painted Buildings

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For the past couple of days, I have been working on my sinking St. Mark’s Square painting. I took Denise‘s advice and decided to leave the water as it is for now. Instead, I began working on the buildings which will surround my beaded St. Mark’s Basilica. Working from an enlarged photo on my iphone, I painted in some of the structures using gray acrylics. I still have a bit more to do on this section, but for now, I think it’s finally starting to look like something! What do you think? :o

St. Mark’s Square (Venice, Italy).  Bead embroidery on painted canvas. 
24″ x 36″ (32cm x 46cm). Work in progress.