Monday, October 13, 2008

This and that......

I was blog hopping and stopped to take a look at the wonderful things on Deryn Mentock's blog. Deryn has been making all of the projects in Mary Hettmansperger's book " Wrap, Stitch, Fold and Rivet" and has issued a challenge to complete the projects along with her. My copper necklace I posted last week has beads on it that I made using some of Mary's techniques. Anyway, I decided to actually try the projects as they were written (OK, as best as I could interpret them...I just had to make them MY way). So here is project #1 - The Spinner necklace. ...and yes, i got carried away and added a few more embellishments than were called for. I did all the techniques she said to try except using a sharpened screwdriver to cut the metal. ...Alas, I couldn't find one to sharpen amidst my mess.

The white things on the top are two spine bones from a boa constrictor. They were pretty pointed and sharp, so I filed them round. I got the bones when I was at Venice Beach shopping along the boardwalk with Joanne....I have a thing for bones.....

Over on Kelly Snellings Blog, Kelly has been doing self portraits. She challenged others to try and do one too. So I tried to paint myself from memory. Kelly's paintings are very 3 dimensional - mine, unfortunately turned out very....flat. My DH said it didn't look at all like me, that my face was much rounder, so this is a revised "round faced" version. I think it looks a little itty bit like me, but the face shape isn't right, or the mouth...or the eyes. But the HAIRCOLOR - well that's pretty accurate. On the weekend before my last day of work in Los Angeles, I got my hair recolored so it would look good when I came home. I asked for BRIGHTER red highlights. The hair dresser mixed together what he said was "mahogany"...but it came out MAGENTA. All I could say to him was "But it looks pink!".... I went to work the next day, quite embarrassed, but tried to pull it off as if I liked it. I got comments like " wow - you went punk!" I am getting it recolored normal - no weave and back to my original dark hair - this week.

And lastly, I have been working on a Halloween painting. Well, sort of. It's supposed to be a No-Nonsense Kick-butt Guardian Angel. Here are the various stages. it's not done yet....

The Background

The Angel


The painting toned down, with parts masked off so I can redo the background......
I think it is turning out rather ghoulish.....

8 comments:

jackie said...

Connie, you've outdone yourself once again on your jewelry design! This is a fabulous piece! And your self-portrait is wonderful! I love the Halloween art - reminds me of Tim Burton's work - very ghoulish! I admire your multi-talents!!
hugs,
jackie

Deryn Mentock said...

Love, LOVE the snake bones! Bravo on your creative use of materials!

Laume said...

I think the kick ass guardian angel is ghoulishly cute, which might mean it's not ghoulish?

kathy mc said...

Love your stuff. Your self portrait is divine.

Joanne Huffman said...

I love your guardian angel (I'm working on guardian angels for my sale right now); she looks like whomever she's "guardianing" os a lot of fun to watch. I think your self portrait does look like you (dare I tell you the face is too round?) and I bet your hair looks really jazzy, but I understand wanting to go back to your "real" color. And, even before I read the text, I recognized the bones! I love your necklace. You make the coolest jewelry.

Joanne

Sherry Goodloe said...

ooooh LOVE that necklace with the bones!

I'm dying to know what the hairstylist's response to you was when you said "it's pink". urrrrrgh

MJ Alexander said...

Welcome to the challenge Connie! What great materials you used! I am looking forward to seeing more of your pieces -

:-) Molly

Kelly Snelling_Soulhumming.typepad.com said...

i love the self portrait! and i would totally know that was you. i think it is really wonderful, connie!