Blog Carnival - Spring Plans

Blog Carnival - Spring Plans

Published On: 03-25-2012 02:16am

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The Jewelry Artisans Community has chosen "Spring Plans" as the topic for our March blog carnival topic.

Spring has always been a time of renewal and starting fresh in my mind.  The always reliable daffodils show their cheery faces and the trees begin to swell with buds.  It's a time of optimism and looking forward to a new season.


After giving quite a bit of thought about how to welcome Spring this year, I realized that painting little miniatures is one of my passions and I kind of lost my way last year due to some personal family issues.  I didn't feel like painting for a very long time and it's just in the last few months that I've felt that spark again.

Even though I didn't want to paint, one day towards the end of 2011, I made myself paint.  At first, I wasn't feeling it, but I kept going determined to overcome the mental and emotional blocks that were standing in the way.  And, the best thing happened - I started to feel joy in painting again.  It felt so good!

Now that I'm able to paint again, I want to paint!  It's exciting and rewarding and fun!  Here are some of the little minis that are a result of my new found interest in painting:




This penguin pendant is almost ready to be made into a necklace.  I was going to turn the baby's head, but decided his fluffy little butt was adorable and left it alone:


My Spring plans are to not only continue to paint tiny miniatures, but to finish this long dormant series of wolf paintings.  This is the story of Wolf starting as a tiny pup, then growing into a handsome young wolf, finding a mate and defending his territory.   I started it a couple of years ago, then set it aside when I lost interest in painting.

 Here are some of my sketches and the resulting paintings.  They are just a little bit larger than an American quarter:







No sketch for this one, but here is Wolf in a really bad mood:


All of them together which gives an idea how they'll look once they are turned into a bracelet:


The other side of the beads are going to show Wolf going after an intruder in his and his mate's territory.  Here's a sketch of a fight scene to give an idea of what I have in mind:


Of course, I seriously doubt it'll be finished this Spring, but my Spring plan is to get going on this project again and finish it as soon as I can.  Hey, the progress might make for a series of blog posts too!

YAY!  I'm so happy to be painting again!

To see what other members of the Jewelry Artisans Community have planned for Spring, check out their blog carnival links:

Islandgirl's Insights

Bead Sophisticate

Cat's Wire


Bead Up a Storm

Thanks for looking!

Reader's Comments

By JewelryArtByDawn on 03/27/2012 @ 03:54am

Thank you to all of you for your sweet comments. Hope I didn't go overboard with the pictures - just excited to have some new things to show - finally! Now to carve out some time to work on Wolf(ie) and his story.

By Guest on 03/25/2012 @ 07:03pm

What a great series of paintings! The first one really does conjure up spring... After two days over 90 last week we have baseball size snowballs falling and they are sticking! GImme back the 90's!

By Guest on 03/25/2012 @ 06:38pm

Yay for Spring and a renewaI in your joy of painting! You know I adore your Wolf series so much, I'm very excited that you are going to work on him again. The penguin is delightful too - you are a very talented artist, Dawn. Your miniatures are amazing.

By Guest on 03/25/2012 @ 06:10pm

It's wonderful that you have recovered your joy in painting. I love the Wolf series, and I can't wait to see the finished project.

By Guest on 03/25/2012 @ 04:35am

I'm so glad you are feeling joy in painting again. We missed your adorable miniatures!

By j3jewelry on 03/25/2012 @ 03:12am

Yay, Wolfie!!!! You need to post him to WIP too. :) You've been one busy lady! Can't wait to see the new penguin necklace!

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