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Suzanne’s Blade

Posted in Artwork, Bags & Containers, Beadwork, Knives, tools, traditional with tags , , , , , , , on May 6, 2016 by starhandarts

Oh she’s indeed a hummer. 20” from tip to tip, 5” wide. Made by hand, the sheath body is Elk rawhide, wool trade cloth with glass seed bead embroidery. Upper wrap is hair on cowhide with bead embroidery. Traditional work is very satisfying to me. Love the whole of it. Smells of the materials, solving the puzzle of how to blend and balance the desire for the piece to the end place of a useful and active tool. Beautiful as well as handy and handmade, unique to the blade it carries.IMG_2353


Brilliant Fall Display

Posted in Artwork, Bead Paintings, Beadwork, painting, Shows, wonder with tags , , , , , , , on October 4, 2015 by starhandarts

painting_orcas_maple-full1This beaded painted opened in a show Friday evening. The Edge of Orcas, a mixed group of people showing their work. The event has been a popular and interesting experience each October for several years now. It’s really fun and exciting  when many talented artists  gather together to show new work. Pieces that may not ”fit” their known or expected directions. There’s always a buzz in the room and this year was full of expectation and humor and delight.

The Orcas Big Leaf Maple was one of two pieces I brought to the show. It begins at a single bead point several inches above the stem; then the circular rows grow as colors and changes of color develop. It’s an interesting process to see only what’s already ‘done’ as the guide, trusting in the eye and skills to keep the new territories of it in focus. Framed in a rich deep red brushed metal that really makes the whole pop against the turquoise, it pleases me in every way.  I hope the magic and mystery of Fall Season circles around you and lifts you up.

Christmas Day Temari

Posted in Artwork, Balls, Temari with tags , , , , , , , , , on December 25, 2012 by starhandarts

Collages1Let life happen, life is always in the right. A quote by Rilke. I have to remember this, frequently, as I pass through my days. If I’m in studio immersed in what’s before me, it all seems like YES, I’m in perfect agreement with this idea; however some time later I move into the public sphere and wonder what his idea could possibly mean.      Last evening I watched a movie called ”My Reincarnation”, a documentary by Jennifer Fox. It asked all the potent questions about how to proceed living life. One of the statements from it that really stuck to me is, “The true nature of mind does not derive from effort.” If I understand this, to me it means standing in the creative flow, allowing the images, the creative pieces to emerge before me. Making nothing happen but providing a clear and ready point of beginning. An expectant being present, not exactly waiting, but ready to begin.

Well, I think that bit of writing went well. Writing is a foreign medium but this blog format has become a place to begin this medium as well.  On into the next cycle we go!

Circle Painting Lotus

Posted in Artwork with tags , , , , , , , , , , on February 13, 2011 by starhandarts

The newest piece in the circle painting, Lotus, is 30” dia.  Something about pond life and timelessness, just floating, present, serene, even though all the worldly concerns try endlessly to capture our attention.                                                A simple lily is a lily is a  lily afloat above the algae bloom, glowing from sunlight through its petals. It indeed looks like every other pond lily but is perfect in its essence and unfolding. Using pink has always been challenge for me and it was with this as well. I feel more warmed by its  nature this time around. A better understanding and fit than ever before. Is it possible that moving through fear happens at every level? This was an aspect of it for me. Then again, publishing  my art work for all to see and enjoy has pushed me to know my self  more deeply at every level.

Sea Portal- Listening to Walela

Posted in Artwork with tags , , , , , , , , , , on December 19, 2010 by starhandarts

With her breath she made the world. While moving through my murky mire this past month something wonderful popped through to the surface. A bit of joy and humor to salve the weary spirit.  A 48” diameter bubble of light now shines into all the dark corners. May you each know joy and wonder in the New Year. Judy

Circle Painting 8 Mid-night Sun

Posted in Artwork with tags , , , , , , , , , , on November 11, 2010 by starhandarts

One of my night time walks last summer found me gazing at the brilliant dazzle of this wonder. Dream walks that is. When the moon is dark and the garden calls, magic is afoot. Its taken some months of wandering on a path I thought was straight and fairly simple.  It turns out there were some twists and turns for me.  Just follow the muse, and allow, allow, allow the magic to unfold before your eyes.  Listen, if I can just do that, many of my steps become clear.

Circle Paintings IRIS 7

Posted in Artwork with tags , , , , , , , , , , on October 6, 2010 by starhandarts

Pat's Garden

Pat's Garden

The newest member of the Painting in the Round Series, IRIS, has been a challenge to my learning curve. Working from a photograph I took earlier this summer in Pat’s garden, I thought it would be exact in it’s details, however my skills with brush and technique are the area of deepest learning. Very quickly I realized that the surreal was pushing  through. Well I do love the contrast between the starkness of blossom and the fizzy green ground cover,  learning to allow the fire of inspiration to direct the whole rather than over critical mind talk has given me treasure.