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!
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
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…
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..
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
Until I finish unpacking all of my beads and set up a more permanent work space, I will be concentrating on smaller projects. My latest piece will be a beaded portrait of a friend named Geoff.
Geoff is an optometrist at Central Square Eye Care in Cambridge, MA. He was kind enough to provide me with a bag of used eyeglass lenses to use for beading projects. So, I thought it appropriate to create a beaded portrait of him similar to my self-portrait entitled iMac Insomniac. Several months ago, I took a picture of him, and then worked on the above colored-pencil sketch.
Beaded portrait in progress. Bead embroidery on felt. 8" x 9" (20cm x 23cm).
So far, I am using larger Czech glass beads then I usually do, but I plan to use tiny seed beads for the rest. We’ll see how it turns out! Back to beading! B)
Long time no post! This past week, I’ve been super busy working my union stagehand job
every single day. I haven’t had time to bead or blog! But, I have
started to work on a new drawing. If you follow me on Facebook
, you’ll know that I was trying to decide what my next subject should be – either a bead painting of St. Basil’s Cathedral
(Moscow, Russia) or a beaded Radio City Music Hall
(NYC). Well, since I just went to see Porcupine Tree
play there last month.. and it is my favourite theatre in the entire country, I choose Radio City! Here’s a sneak peak of my sketch so far:
Back to the drawing board! ;)
I haven’t had much time for blogging the past few days. I’ve been pretty busy working and preparing for my trip to Russia
. I have been doing a little beading. I’ve been working on a couple of small projects that I can’t post on my blog just yet. I have been thinking about what my next big bead painting should be, but I think I’m going to wait until after my vacation to start that… In the meantime, I thought this week would be a great time to start something a little different – a beaded self portrait!
Study for a beaded self portrait. Coloured pencil. 2010.
The above sketch is based on a photo I took of myself using Photo Booth
. I suppose this is how I look while I’m working on my iMac, especially late at night. In case you didn’t know, I am quite the night owl. I love to stay up late either beading or working on my ‘puter, but at the same time, it bothers me because I haven’t been getting much sleep lately. This is probably due to the fact that my ‘day’ job as a stagehand
requires me to stay up until 1 or 2am (or later!) and then be back to work at 8am the next day. When I do have a night off, I find it hard to go to sleep at a normal hour. And, if I do try to go to sleep early, I find myself awake 4 hours later, at which point I get up to either check something on my computer or turn on Porcupine Tree
music in an attempt to fall back asleep. It seems to be a vicious cycle these days- one that should be documented in tiny glass seed beads! :/