Sunday, May 16, 2010

"The Artistic Mother" Project #4 (AKA a little art and a big festival)

Thanks to this fun project I now have a new obsession. BEADS! I love beads. I had a few just in case but didn't really work with them often. But no more! They will be showing up everywhere! They will now be up there with the tons of paper and yarn and fabric that I just had to have. I can't get enough of the gorgeous colors and amazing textures. Love it all.

I used a photo of myself as a toddler for the body of the butterfly. For the inner wings I stamped an image of a butterfly on the back of a paper that I wanted to use. I didn't want the detail from the stamp to show. I only needed the shape. The outside butterfly image came from the internet (free use) and was gessoed and stamped, glittered and colored with oil pastel sticks.

Then came the beads and the little do dads. I'm hanging this over my work table so that whenever I doubt myself , you know we are our worst critics, I can just look up and be inspired to work on.

You must check out Kristin's blog at "Twinkle, Twinkle" . Her butterfly is too sweet for words.

Earlier today I took in "StART on The Street", an art festival in downtown Worcester, Ma. It's one of my favorite things to do. It is celebrated a couple of times a year. There are hundreds of talented artists selling their work, music and of course great food.

I always look for one of my favorite artists Bob Aiello. His watercolors of the well known and lesser known Worcester landmarks are amazing. I love his use of color. It was the most beautiful day!

And then I saw this. I covet this really bad. I want to put one in my backyard to hide in! A veritable palace of solitude. A place for dreaming and imagining. Definitely on my list!

Hope your weekend was full of art and family and beautiful days. I just live for weekends like this, don't get too many of them so it makes them all the more special.


  1. I love your believe project. The fair looked wonderful. I spent most of the day asleep, hope I am better tomorrow. I love that trailer too. Wouldn't that be the cutest art studio, and it is portable! Oh, what a dream.


  2. Oh! I was just checking you out, hoping to see your butterfuly and there I was! So, so sweet of you to mention mine!

    Your butterfuly is just stunning! I LOVE that you used your baby picture in the center and your bead work is beautiful! Yes, I too am now addicted to something else - like I need that!
    BTW, your grandaughter looks like you so much!
    Happy Sunday,
    Kristin xo

  3. Okay, so I guess I need to spell better - don't know how I got butterfLY so wrong - twice! :- Kristin xo

  4. Your butterfly is butterfuly, as Kristin put it.

    I thought her misspelling was cute.

    It's totally gorgeous.

  5. just love your butterfly the beads are wonderful. ~that art festival looks amazing and I want that caravan/trailer myself..thanks for visiting my blog today. I love the pic of the house in the it where you live

  6. First of all, I love your butterfly project. I guess I need this book! I enjoyed the photos from the art festival. What is the person in all white covered in? Love the the trailer! Glad you had a fun day.

  7. ha ha....indeed, your butterfly IS butterful!!!
    good job...:)

  8. Hi Joyce,
    I haven't spoken to you in ages! I love the butterfly. I am into beads too now, although I am making jewelry.

  9. Beads can get very addictive :-)

  10. i just wanted to stop in and say how beautiful your butterfly is! i love the stars and the combination of mediums, the beads definately make it! looks lke you had fun making it. i know what you mean about hanging a proud piece where you can see it, for times when the unsuresies strike( faries who sprinkle doubt on you while you are arting). lovely lovely! chella

  11. aww, Yay Haberdash. nice to meet you yesterday!