Sunday, May 2, 2010

April BJP



I'm still working on March, but here's April. Usually I go for the deep, intense colors, and this time I found myself using lighter colored beads, and watch parts. And again, I'm not sure whether this is actually the right way up. It's always subject to change without notice. In some way, this is all about my birthday -- the actual day of my birth, not the anniversary. This isn't something I generally give much thought to, and I don't even celebrate my birthdate at all, but I've been having to look at life and death lately, so this idea came up as I worked. I'm not sure what I'm trying to tell myself right now, though. This piece was enjoyable to work on throughout, which is different. Usually I really dislike a piece as I work through the middle part, and may not warm to it until it's all finished. I think that the colors refreshed me. :- )

9 comments:

Barbara said...

I love the contrasting colors. Perfectly executed throughout, as always, and lovely!

Carol said...

You have used two colors that I really like together- the blue and orange...but just those shades. I like the way you have used the pastel shades, which make the more vibrant blue and orange eye catching.
How is this piece about your birthday?
Its a pretty piece.

Robin said...

I'm so intrigued with this piece, Lois (and I KNEW it was yours the moment I saw the teaser on the BJP blog!)...

To me, it says "gentle, baby, purity" and something about time... maybe that although time passes and eventually we die, our precious innocensce remains as a legacy. Oooh, maybe that's too deep, but those are my thoughts as I contemplate this piece.

I'm glad things have settled down a bit and love thinking of you relaxing on your porch, the junk gone, peaceful again.

Lois2037 said...

Thanks for all your wonderful, kind comments!

Carol, I can't really say why or how it's about my birthday, it just struck me that way. I was feeling that everything was all fresh and new and just beginning as I was beading it. I like those particular colors, too, and always thought they looked well together.

Robin, you are seeing a lot of depth in there, for sure. I certainly love the different things that people get out of looking at a particular piece. I learn a lot from that. The time elements for me were about time just starting up at a beginning point, going who knows where. I saw a lot of possibilities in there. And, yes, I am relaxing out on my porch, weather permitting, sometimes with coffee and donuts, and definitely without junk lying around. :- )

Joan Cromley said...

I love the contrast. It makes me think of protected bubbles, the little bits of innocence/self that we carry. I'm glad it spoke to you - if my stuff doesn't speak, it usually doesn't get finished!

Robin said...

Thanks for the comment you just left on my Blogiversary post, Lois!!! Makes me feel so good!

Are you a night owl like me, or a very early riser?

Lois2037 said...

You're most welcome, Robin. One Bead At A Time was just the exact right thing at the exact right time for me, and has lead me to many interesting places.

It's now 4:42am, and I'm still awake. LOL. Sometimes I go to bed early and get up early, sometimes, more often, I stay up quite late. I like to be working in the early morning hours like this, because everything is so quiet and the phone is unlikely to ring. There are moments when I feel as if I'm the only one awake for miles and miles (not counting my husband, Tom, working in his basement studio), and it's a lovely feeling. I like hearing the birds start waking up, and watching the first light appear, and if I'm awake long enough, or get up early enough, I so enjoy the beautiful sunrise!

Magpie Sue said...

Ooo, I like this! It's very fresh, but those hits of intense orange and blue make it sing.

Beth Handley said...

Clean and clear and lovely.