In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Scale.”
You can never cross the ocean until you have the courage to lose sight of the shore.
– Christopher Columbus
Life isn’t about getting and having, it’s about giving and being.
Captured some amazing light this morning.
A snow day with no time to relax. While I was busy working on photographing a new bracelet that I later posted to my Instagram, my husband was plowing the street and helping our neighbors move 13 inches of fluffy snow. He is an inspiration to me with his desire to get stuff done, and the right way! While he’s working, I’m having fun. Winter is a great season for me to experiment and design new a new jewelry line.
Turquoise with gold is very elegant.
Here are some photos of my new line. A pristine color combination that is peaceful, cool, and is a reflection of the clear blue sea and warm sparkly sand. I’m drawn to create with the large faceted Chalcedony beads because of their light reflecting quality and translucency.
A unique design demands attention.
A bracelet wrapped around the spires of the castle teapot I designed and built. I named this bracelet Kailani, the Hawaiian name for sea and sky. A unique layered bracelet with stunning large faceted, translucent turquoise Chalcedony beads compliment the earthy Picture Jasper beads. Nature is pretty amazing isn’t it! A pretty and very light weight vintage chain adds strength and a luxe to this sea worthy bracelet. Handcrafted with genuine faceted Citrine gemstones. Hand knotted between each bead section with high quality bead cord for strength. More details on the jewelry design page or at my Etsy shop.
The sparkle from an angel atop the Christmas tree = gold
A glow from a candle flame when the day fades into evening = yellow
The glimmer of sun on the lake with a sandy bottom = turquoise
A reflection of dancing light from facets on a diamond = the color wheel
Color guides the way to inspiration. I’ve always been drawn to the colors of the ocean, navy blue, sea-foam green or turquoise. Inspiration in selecting beads can come from anywhere, fashion, textile design, a flower or a polished druzy agate. When I hand-pick my beads for color, pattern design, transparency, natural organic forms or hand-cut shapes, the light reflection quality is what make my heart beat the fastest!
This is my latest project. I like to hand-knot between beads with a German brand bead cord, Griffin. This adds more stability and reinforces the idea that something nice should last for a long time, and perhaps become an heirloom when the time is right. Those seeds were sewn into my childhood as my Oma, (Grandmother) who always said to my Sister and I, “Buy something nice that will last, and take care of your things. I’ll put my fur coats in the hope chest.”
What’s your favorite color this season? Interested in more juicy details and my jewelry design? Cool! Click here to go to the Jewelry Page.
Artists & photographers who love romantic boating scenes inspire me.
Catching the light in a photo or in a painting. Saving a moment in time.
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Tresa Meyer-Clark, Artist
North Channel Yacht Club, Anchor Bay,
I captured a lot of moments on my IPhone this past summer on the Great Lakes with my family. It was a bit hazy that afternoon in August. I uploaded this stunning wooden boat picture to my Instagram page and used a filter to enhance the colors.
He just needs a wooden boat for the next photo shoot.
Most dog lovers have at least two dogs on board.
This guy was alone and wanted attention.
— o2o —
Artist, Diana Windsor Grenier
Les Cheneaux Islands Art Gallery
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Illustrator, Suzanne Sakurasnow
Suzanne Inspired me to create this post about wooden boats.
She has a stunning website and blog and this is her post about a Viking Long Ship.
I read a post yesterday by cartoonist, illustrator, and writer Summer Pierre, titled, “On Value and Being Seen.” She was asked to share her thoughts on how she could skate the inevitable line of doing work for work sake, and doing work to be seen.
To which I responded:
Thank you for sharing! This writing makes me put some ideas into perspective about creating my own work and what is relevant, or going for a trend that has a huge audience.
To be valued or to be seen. As I wrote this post, I found this subject to be a lot more complicated than I first thought, so there could be more to come. Thanks in advance for reading and please chime in! Don’t be afraid to rock the boat!
I am a jewelry designer and a graphic artist. Evoking emotion is my goal whether I’m working for a client or doing art for bliss. When I put together ideas for a design, I do consider my audience, and hope they value my hand-picked pearls and gemstones. As a graphic designer, I strive for what is relevant and hope they value my unique style. (or on some level, have artistic intelligence about concepts like, white space, font choice and composition.) All right now! Yes, when I have more artistic freedom to create what inspires me, and experiment on my own schedule — bringing beautiful materials to life in unexpected ways is very gratifying — as is having others notice my designs. Having something to say and the passion to create from an idea in a meaningful way is so cool. I think passion is the key word for me.
Having my relevant work be valued by relevant people is somewhat up to me by getting myself out there by navigating through unknown waters, learning from others, and sharing ideas. My social media accounts like Instagram and Pinterest are a blast and have value too because I have a few artsy friends and we help promote each another. However, sometimes attention is great but can be fleeting. So, to be noticed by buyers and to be respected by my peers takes time and dedication, while remaining consistent in my craft. Creating what is relevant is always a goal, but who decides what is relevant in the marketplace? To be valued or to be seen? Can we have both? I have a lot of work to do, but that is why I’m here!
This is a great subject. I plan on learning more about what other artists think and do.
The original post can be found here. https://summerpierre.wordpress.com/2015/01/09/on-value-and-being-seen/
The original comment I left can be found here.
This is where I need to be right now, no looking back and no regrets. Only beautiful thoughts, blessings, images, and words will be my space to create in. Creating my way to the pursuit of happiness!
I am a jewelry designer and graphic artist. On this blog, I hope to explore and learn, make new friends, share my ideas, present my jewelry designs, write about my process, post photography of my boating rendezvous on the Great Lakes, and share artsy tips! If I can do all of this, and cook for my husband, then wow, what an accomplishment! (He’s a much better cook than me and made the heart mash potatoes) I’ll have to allow myself to make mistakes along the way, in this new creative journey, in the pursuit of happiness.
Creating a lovely presentation is important to me. I incorporated a nautical chart that my Dad gave me into my package design. Creating the photo and the process of getting great angles and lighting is also part of my artistic process. My Customers love the attention to detail when they receive their package in the mail from “MeyerClarkCreative”.
“Stunning is an understatement!! This is my second anchor necklace from Tresa and I love them both. Her attention to detail is incredible and I wear one of my necklaces daily. She is an absolutely pleasure to do business with and I will be making many more purchases from her for the holidays! She is incredibly talented and the pictures do not do her works of art justice! Thank you Tresa!”
— Heather Buck, Maine
Beautiful work my daughter just loved it!
— Dawnmarie Tompkins, New York