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.Â The always reliable daffodils show their cheery faces and the trees begin to swell with buds.Â 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.Â 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.Â 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.Â And, the best thing happened - I started to feel joy in painting again.Â It felt so good!
Now that I'm able to paint again, I want to paint!Â It's exciting and rewarding and fun!Â 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.Â 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.Â 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.Â Â I started it a couple of years ago, then set it aside when I lost interest in painting.
Â Here are some of my sketches and the resulting paintings.Â 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.Â 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.Â Hey, the progress might make for a series of blog posts too!
YAY!Â 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 InsightsBead SophisticateCat's WireJ3JewelryBead Up a Storm
Thanks for looking!