Monday, March 8, 2010

February BJP



I've been finished for a few days, actually, but just now finally photographed it. It's called Toxic Runoff, and is about all the emotions and events that sometimes send me into overwhelm, at least momentarily. I wanted to go back to a very simple technique, using only size 11 and 10 beads to tell this complicated story. In pictures of actual runoff, the chemicals can be quite striking and even beautiful with unexpected colors and flow, but they are actually poison. That's what I was trying to get at with the different bead colors. Even in the midst of this, though, there are still some clear and unpolluted parts, as indicated by the bright silver beads, symbolizing a small sections of clear and calm thinking among the runaway emotions. February was a more "interesting" month that I wanted. :- ) I'll be starting in on March soon, which, so far, has been much calmer.

14 comments:

Diane Lithgow said...

Lois
I love your thoughts. Mine when i saw it was the opposite - how all the strands were coming together at the top to make things clearer.
I have just started my january page and about halfway there.
Diane, New Zealand

Lisa Criswell / Indigo's Beads said...

i'm sorry to hear that you've had an emotional month. those are tough. hoping things will be calmer for you. it was interesting to read what your piece was about. toxins do sometimes swirl in a myriad of colors. but for me, i saw the blue as a path of clarity going through it all, that you'll come out the other side. very nice piece.

Marty S said...

First I looked at the page and then I read the description. Wow! It wasn't what I first imagined, but once I read your description I could really see the toxic waste.
Marty S
Crackpot Beader

Its All About Creating said...

The colors are awesome. Your use of the colors to symbolize the oily slicks is perfect. I also love your use of using one or two sizes of beads. Really beautiful.

sydsider said...

Love it, love it, love it. The powerful colours and the movement. Did you plan this piece from the start or it design itself in the process?
My planned designs are a disaster.

Carol said...

Your beading and color choices depicted your thoughts perfectly. The clear blue path in the center, to me, shows that there may be toxic runoff, the the center remains clean and able to overcome pollution run off.

This is a beautifully beaded page.
Carol

Barbara said...

The flow in this is wonderful and unmistakable, even if it isn't all happy flow. The off and away movement is evident in this piece. Lovely.

Lois2037 said...

Thank you for your kind comments! It's interesting how the blue in the center was seen as calm and clear, which I didn't see at all. The piece comes out of an old memory of mine of seeing some really horrible chemical spill at some time. I remember this vivid turquoise/cyan color, but I can't think of what happened or what chemicals were that color. It was very beautiful to me, but I knew right away that it was Bad Stuff. I love how other people see and react to my pages! I learn so much from you all.

sydsider, no, I didn't plan this, and actually had kind of a hard time with it until I realized what the piece was about. I seldom plan a design at the beginning, just bead and see where it goes and what it means.

Julie said...

Wow you beaded this perfectly. I really picked up on your emotions quickly. I hope you feel better seeing it outside of you so you can put it in perspective. Thanks, Julie C

Dees said...

Wow, that's a powerfull piece - was the first thing that popped into my mind when your blog opened! It is a very strong and beautifull piece.

Barb said...

I loved the comment about it being a more "interesting" month than you wanted. (It reminded me of the Chinese "blessing/curse"--"May you live in interesting times.") Your feelings about the month were very well conveyed.

freebird said...

It looks beautiful and speaks of a good purpose. It's good to let the feelings out somehow and how better than with sparkly little bits of beauty - beads!

Miri Agassi said...

I love it. The colors are strong and powerful. It is an amazing work.
Miri A.

Robin said...

Well, you thought March would be more calm than Feb.... I'm sorry that hasn't happened. But this piece is amazing, Lois. Toxic runoff in both a real and a symbolic sense... you've captured both perfectly.

Robin A.