I hope all of you are enjoying OWOH.
Now what a true artists wants most, even before sales, is to effect the people who see, wear and use the art we create.
We want our art to stir the soul, make laughter, bring tears, take the breath away.
We want our art to be thought of and remembered.
We want our art to inspire, and encourage.
We want our art to invoke all the senses.
So when I receive a letter like this I know a few things. One, I have accomplished what I set out to do. And two, I have what I want most as an artist.
I just checked out your blog post and have to say that I can definitely relate to your perfect description of a Pacific Northwest winter. I don’t think many people, unless they have lived under the constant gray skies and rain, could even understand what we endure. Although I have to say, I’m glad I don’t have to shovel myself out from under piles of the fluffy white stuff either.
Now on to your beautiful design! I love the earthy Pacific Northwest winter colors you have captured so wonderfully in your bracelet cuff. The Czech Ocean Blue Rectangles have that perfect mix between a Pacific Northwest ocean and the relentless gray skies. You’ve managed to pull out the earthy brown indentations of the focal beads so beautifully, with the bronze druk beads and dark olive rainbow tila squares. The natural wave styling of the beadwork reminds me of the incoming ocean tides and softens the edges of the focal beads beautifully. I like how you have contrasted the more earthy natural shades and darker garnet with vibrant little pops of color; a little fuchsia, a sprinkling of the pale soft blue of alexandrite and bright white opal. It makes for a rich palette with intriguing and interesting textures. This is hard to describe to someone not living in this little corner of the world, unless you have endured the sun-starved and dark brooding palette of a Pacific Northwest winter. I think you have done a delightful job bringing the feel of winter and the hope of brighter spring days to come to your design.
This also looks like it would be a very comfortable bracelet to wear with the soft deer skin backing. Most of the larger bracelets that I’ve seen, just don’t look like they would be able to last an entire day on the wearer, but this one does, a testament to your ingenuity creating it with careful foresight and great materials.
Honor and Integrity in Life in Art