The other day, I stumbled upon Carissa Rose’s work on Artfire and I’m enthralled!
She is a tattooist in training but also works with pencil and paintbrush. In her own words, her “art is inspired by tattoos and people” and it isn’t hard to relate to her statement once you see her work.
The first thing that hits you (or me, as it were) is the contrast. “In your face” color cuts the deepest black into pieces. No shades of gray; no compromise!
Most of her subjects are young women but although femininity is dripping off of them like the colorful run-lines of paint that you can see in so many places, they are certainly not stereotypical beauty-queens without a mind of their own. They are characters, and as real, with all the facets of darkness, as the fields of perfect inky black.
Her work skillfully speaks to the observer. In many of her pieces you have strong eyes staring straight at you from the painting, involving you in the scene.
This is some serious art with attitude!
Thank you to Carissa Rose for the permission to display her work!
Artwork shown ©Carissa Rose Stevens. Do not use, edit or publish without authorized consent.
They say, admission is the first step.
I admit, I am a KNOBAHOLIC!
Lately, any creative idea that pops into my head has something to do with knobs and/or pulls. I cannot help myself!
I have had these symptoms before regarding other creative stuff and I know from experience that I just have to ride it out.
School is going to start in a few days and that will put a damper on my knobbing, so I enjoy it while it lasts.
Here are some pictures of the latest cabinet knobs and pulls I made.
Another idea that is growing in my mind is the third part of my Tips and Tricks for Product Photography.
It is very likely going to be about non-misleading photo editing. So, I am already gathering material but the idea will still have to marinate a little longer.
If you follow my blog, you know that I have been working on developing a line of handmade fused glass cabinet knobs and pulls.
Previously, I have been making fused glass jewelry and my website, Etsy and Artfire store are dedicated to jewelry. So, I thought it would make more sense to separate the two categories and make a new website and Etsy store for only the knobs and pulls.
I found this awesome site that enables you to make a flash-based website for free. They have so many great looking templates that are easy to modify to your requirements and you don’t need to know anything about any code or how to make a website at all.
It came out great! Click on the picture below and check it out!
I would like to wish everybody a successful, healthy, and happy new year!
Yesterday, I got back from my Germany trip and it’s good to be back in NY.
I took some time this morning to sort through the pile of emails in my inbox and I found an awesome message from wordpress.com that reviews how this blog did in 2010. Periodically, I had been checking the stats but I was surprised to find how good they look when you put them into a full year summary.
So, before I share this email with you, I would like to thank you, the reader, for finding the posts here worth your time. I am very thankful for your consideration and your interest and I hope I won’t let you down in the coming year! I would also like to thank all the people who were gracious enough to share a link to my blog on their page. I know there are so many good sites out there that I feel very lucky for every single link!
THANK YOU ALL !!!!!!
So, here is the email with the 2010 review:
The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:
The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.
The average container ship can carry about 4,500 containers. This blog was viewed about 17,000 times in 2010. If each view were a shipping container, your blog would have filled about 4 fully loaded ships.
In 2010, there were 44 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 96 posts. There were 130 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 40mb. That’s about 3 pictures per week.
The busiest day of the year was November 9th with 117 views. The most popular post that day was My Tips and Tricks for Product Photography, Part 1.
Where did they come from?
The top referring sites in 2010 were glassart.wordpress.com, facebook.com, glass-fancy.com, en.wordpress.com, and twitter.com.
Some visitors came searching, mostly for fused glass jewelry, fused glass, precious metal clay jewelry, glass jewelry, and precious metal clay.
Attractions in 2010
These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.
My Tips and Tricks for Product Photography, Part 1 July 2010
Vampires vs. Goth, à la South Park October 2009
Delicately Crafted Needlepoint Accessories For You And Your Pet September 2009
My 2 cents on Art Clay Silver 650 Slow Dry Metal Clay February 2010
Work In Progress September 2009
This is a painted rendering of a photo I took a couple of years ago. It shows the stained glass window of the Gedaechtniskirche in Berlin, Germany.
Unless the blizzard that we had here in the north-east continues to cause problems, I will be on my way to Berlin, Germany tomorrow.
I have not been there for two years and it’s definitely time to see my mom and the rest of the family. If I ignore the tremendous dislike I feel for overseas flights, I am actually really excited to be home again.
I miss the “old world” atmosphere and architecture, to be back in a city setting and the subway! It sounds odd, I know, but I really miss the subway.
I’m going to have plenty of “real” bread and “real” cheese and I’m crossing my fingers that at least some of the Christmas markets are still left. There is simply nothing like walking around in the icy cold, looking at booths of cool candles, beautiful scarves and other neat stuff and continuing to refill your Gluehwein cup until you can’t feel the cold anymore.
I hope you all are going to have a great and happy New Year and I will be back in 2011 with more blog posts!
What? Knobs and pulls? Again?
Yes, I am still working on cabinet hardware.
My goal is mainly to develop a standing line of one design.
And I have found my layout, which is a relatively simple off-centered stripe pattern. For each knob I made two different types of pulls since the knob can be installed with the stripes running horizontally or vertically and I wanted to make sure to provide matching pulls for each installation.
Since I have been making jewelry for the past few years, I tend to think in terms of bold, bright, and vibrant colors. So the first few color combinations I created are exactly that.
Obviously, I had no choice but to make a set in my favorite green and purple color combination.
And I think they look really neat, cheerful, and contemporarily. They are going to fit nicely into your modern kitchen, for example.
But not everybody wants to have something that is “in your face” attached to their furniture.
I had to start thinking of some colors that are more subtle and I have to say, that is not so much my cup of tea.
But I did manage to come up with a color combo that fits the subtle category a bit better than most of my other ones.
So what do you think?
All you Interior Decorators out there, I would love to get some input on color choices for home decor. I could use some help with that. =)
Tis the season to be jolly and to eat and drink all kinds of very yummy but not so healthy things.
In order to put some Christmas into health food or maybe the other way round, I modified my (O)mega Banana Breakfast Shake recipe to stimulate the taste buds with some holiday spices.
Turns out that one of these spices, in addition to providing some great holiday flavor, has some potent health benefits.
Fresh ginger contains a substance called gingerol. Gingerol has some marvelous effects on the gastrointestinal tract, including the reduction of nausea due to seasickness, morning sickness, and chemotherapy by increasing gastric motility. In addition, it is being investigated for its effectiveness in rheumatoid arthritis and cancerous tumors of the bowel, breast tissue, ovaries, and pancreas among others.
Cooking ginger turns gingerols into zingerone. Zingerone has been found to be active against enterotoxin-induced diarrhea (diarrhea caused by E. Coli).
Drying ginger turns gingerols into shogaol, which provide the increased pungent taste to dried ginger as compared to the fresh root. That would also be the reason why I use fresh ginger in this recipe and not ginger powder.
Ginger does interfere with certain anticoagulant pharmaceuticals (so get more information if you have a clotting problem) and is contraindicated in gallstones because it stimulates bile production.
OK, enough lecturing on health benefits! Let’s get down to enjoying something tasty!
- 1 cup of milk, soy milk, rice milk, almond milk, or any kind of other milk you prefer
- 2-3 heaping tablespoons of flaxseed (finely milled prefered)
- 1 apple
- 2 banana
- approximately 1-2 inch slice of whole pineapple
- 1/2 tablespoon of raw cocoa powder
- 3/4 teaspoon of fresh ginger
- 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon of nutmeg
- 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract
- sweetener to taste (I use about 4 packages of SweetLeaf® Stevia)
This recipe makes approximately 1 liter of breakfast shake or maybe a little more.
If you have a Vitamix® machine, you can include the core of the pineapple. I would not recommend that for other blenders.
Add all liquidy ingredients first and then blenderize until you have a smooth consistency.
As always, hit me with suggestions or comments please! I welcome and appreciate every single one!
Links for information on ginger:
Photo: Freshly baked gingerbread – Christmas 2004.jpg by Jonik
Some time ago I started experimenting to come up with fused glass cabinet knobs and pulls. (You can read the post about it HERE.)
Above you can see my first finished line of knobs. I am still working on making elongated pulls that match them. And I already have some ideas for more styles.
The bases come in satin nickel and dark oil rubbed bronze which looks great with the warm colors like yellow and brown.
I will post some more photos once I get them.
The other night after work, I was sitting, tired and lazy, on my computer. It was too early to go to bed but I didn’t have the energy to actually do anything productive.
So I started randomly applying some photo editing effects to a couple of my glass photos.
Some effects looked merely odd, but some others produce neat results after cropping the image and messing around with the colors a little.
I mean, no matter what, I keep seeing my jewelry pieces in them but to others they might look a little more abstract.
I just find it amazing what can be done with a few clicks.
The way I create my fused glass pieces is sometimes a bit odd.
At times, I fuse a whole lot of pieces to fill up the kiln and then about half of them go into a box and I don’t look at them again until a couple of week or months later, depending how much time I have.
It mixes things up a little bit and a lot of times I totally forget about the pieces in the box and it’s fun to rummage through it and rediscover them.
So, I rediscovered one piece this way and it’s sending me a bit of a mixed message.
It’s a large piece because I intended it to be cold worked so that it has distinct edges and a perfect rectangular form.
I make a lot of pendants because pendants are an easy piece of jewelry to wear and because a lot of my designs have a vertical tendency. Brooches, on the other hand, have a more horizontal tendency in my opinion and somehow that doesn’t come natural to me.
This piece, however, could really be both, a pendant or a brooch and I have trouble deciding.
So, what do you think: vertical pendant like in the first photo or horizontal brooch like in the second photo?
Which one is it?