‘Tis the Season for Arts Offerings

Hi there everybody!

I have not posted in a very long time. I have been busy making jewelry and adding to my arts offerings by expanding my photography business (Ardea Blue Photography)

I am now in the midst of the pre holiday season Blitz!

I am doing a combination of jewelry shows and photography exhibits, which you cab see by looking at my upcoming events side bar.

My latest jewelry forays include LOTS of bracelets and Necklaces, as you can see below:

I love this beautiful etched Czech glass Tila bead. I accented it with purple glass pearls and seed beads. SO pretty!

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I Also fell in love with these new Z shaped beads, but could only find them in this unusual color. Luckily, I had some matching Tila beads to go with it:

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I had some fun selling things, Believe it or not, I now have about twice as many as seen in this picture!32215382_10211806483823302_605565666904244224_n.jpg

Like these for example:

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In between all these projects, I did a lot of traveling and took a lot of pictures. My love of nature has always inspired my jewelry, especially in regards to color and shape.  You can see how my artistic endeavors intertwine in the following photographs:

Come on out and see my jewelry in December and my photography as well in Nov and December!

 

Betsy

The Evolution of a Signature Design: The “Flying V” Choker

 

Evolution of design

These round scoops were the first version of the Flying V choker necklaces. They were made with 3 mm cubes and finished with buttons.

I then started using 4 MM squares to make a bigger statement. I switched from a soft scoop to a bold V shape.

I named my new design the FLYING V- because the shape reminds me of a flock of migrating geese:

I used sharply contrasting colors for a bold statement. Root beer brown and metallic bronze, or  Gunmetal black with gold…

I tried matte finish with shiny borders and shiny interiors with matte borders

I progressed then, to evoking the colors of the natural world: the soft summer colors of an oak opening, the Sunset, and the sunrise.

This one evokes the deep greens of the maple woods, with a chain that mimics the maple Samara.

 

Below, I was inspired by Lake Superior at dawn:

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Also, Sunrise on the grasslands: Note the beaded buttons on this piece.

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Spring is here, and we are happy to see it!

How  I love to see the greening of the world after a long winter of muted whites and greys. The colors of nature in spring inspire me ceaselessly.

The whisper of spring ephemerals….

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The riot of the spring garden….

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The soft blue skies of a warm new day….

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The green of new leaves and ponds….

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Keep on beading!

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Gardening with Beads

Gardening with Beads

I have been enjoying how all of my flowers have suddenly sprung into full bloom after a long and frigid winter. They have inspired me to create bracelets that reflect their colors!

Look at these lovely Peonies and irises!ImageImage

These flowers led to this creation:

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Next, I got inspired by the blues, purples and whites of my irises and bleeding hearts.

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And that led to this Bracelet!

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How does my garden grow? Work, Work, Work, Work!

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