Monthly Archives: June 2012

Creative color challenge – red and roses

Yes, it’s Creative Color Challenge time again!  For the month of June (which, by the way, where did the month of June go?), Louise challenged us with red and there had to be a rose theme.

I was so excited, because red is my favorite color….. well, one of the favorites!  Plus, I love roses!  On top of it, my red roses were blooming right outside the front door, so there was inspiration right in front of me!

The only problem was taking the rose theme literally, which kept coming up as a big roadblock for my brain (brainblock…?).  When I sketch things for fun they are usually recognizable, but they are not a realistic rendering of the subject.  I know this and mostly accept it, but I just didn’t feel I could do a rose justice.  Especially when I wandered out the front door for a look at the glorious, and complex, red blooms I had.  Even with some “interpretive sketching”, I knew I wouldn’t be happy unless my rose looked like a real red rose. Added to this is my personal aversion to attempting to make a realistic version of an object.  It’s just not my style.

So, this challenge was good because it coalesced in my mind what type of project I am willing to take on.  So, if you wanted me to a gold necklace of little rose buds – I just might refer you to another jewellery artist.  It’s good to know your limits.  However, if you’re interested in an abstract/impressionistic version – I’m the one for the job!

Instead of making an object, I made a photograph for this challenge which for me was a fun and freeing way to approach red and roses!

My Challenge photo:

close up of rose
After the rain


And just for fun, here are some other photos of my roses – I’m hoping you can use them for inspiration for color and form!

red rose
Beautiful curling petals of the red rose - look at the veins on those petals!
close up of rose
More lovely curling petals.
red rose
Freshly opened.

And, just to keep you on your toes….

white rose
White rose, newly opened, from the variety "Seafoam".

Did you have any challenges this month?  Hopefully, you were able to make some inner discoveries along the way!

Now, don’t forget to smell the roses…


Chasing circles line

Yeah for a jewellery line… finally the photos all in one place (here and on etsy)! I don’t often work in a “line”; mostly because if you are using colored gemstones or enamels there aren’t usually multiple exact copies.  Plus, there is something fun and exciting about creating a unique piece each time you sit… Continue Reading

Robin’s egg blue

While I was prepping for the Burlington show I was wandering around in the yard (I don’t remember why) and came across a part of an eggshell. This lead me to thinking about nature, gardens and inspiration. We have a nature story playing itself out in the garden.  This year an American Robin (Turdus migratorius)… Continue Reading