I've been feeling the itch to blog more regularly again. Thoughts are backing up by the minute...things I want to share. I've just returned from two weeks away from home and, with only two days between my return home and the first day of school, I'm sure you can understand that I'm still in re-entry mode. I posted on facebook today the following:
"Today is the first day of school...a.k.a "Momma's New Year that feels more like New Year's Day than the actual New Year's Day".
This time brings intense urges to purge my home of unnecessary items, overhaul my office/desk area, rid myself of five million bits and pieces in my studio and the cobwebs they are hiding, set a hundred thousand goals to be accomplished by my next birthday, schedule in crazy fun vacations and plenty of lucrative opportunities in 2015, meditate for 6 hours a day to keep on track, and once and for all devote myself to re-learning Spanish + practicing the piano & guitar + learning cello + writing a book + weekly menu planning + growing a winter garden + read 5 mind-expanding books a week + finding my abs + falling in love all over again with waking up early every day to a new adventure.
I'm no over achiever but I think it might be smart just to start with doing a batch of laundry from start to finish today. Yes...me thinks this is a very good place to start."
It's true. This time of year awakens that part of me that is brought to life by new beginnings. I don't find it odd that my desire to dive into those new beginnings includes the urge to make room for them in any and all areas of life.
Incidentally, I actually did get a load of laundry done from start to finish - all put away and everything. I consider this worthy of a mini celebration.
As I work to resolve some slightly inconvenient Etsy issues I'm having, I'm offering a few paintings directly from my blog here. I've popped up here today to show them to you as well as some jewelry I recently listed on my etsy shop here.
Sweet little pieces like this porcelain boat necklace
or this leather and lace cuff that reminds me of a well loved arm chair perched next to a leaded glass window.
And if you ask me, one can NEVER have too many simple, elegant pearl necklaces to wear alone or layered with other necklaces. I like mine slightly left of traditional - hence the varied sizes and undulating color variations. I've created them in "sky", "river stones", "moss", and "cloud".
While I'm sorting all those backing-up-blog toughts, you can take a look at the paintings I have available here. Though I meant to list them before I left town, I'm just getting around to sharing them now. All paintings are ready to ship in 1 business day via UPS Ground (for shipping out of the US, please email me for details at stephanieleestudios at gmail dot com. To learn how to make your own one of a kind jewelry using my signature metalsmithing techniques, you can check out my Homesteader's Metalsmithing: Revamped eBook here.)
"They Walked Until Morning"
12" x 36" x 2"
Plaster, acrylic, encaustic on wood
(thank you, M!)
12" x 24" x 2"
Plaster, acrylic, encaustic, metalic paint on wood
$250.00 + shipping
6" x 48" x 1.5"
(full image above, detail sections below)
Plaster, acrylic, collage, encaustic
$195.00 + shipping
16" x 48" x 2"
(full image above, detail images below)
(thank you, L!)
All paintings can be hung vertically or horizontally and shipping prices are estimated at checkout for US addresses. Once I have your painting packaged and ready to ship, I will refund you any amount over the estimation but will not charge you extra if my estimation is low.
In other news, in just a couple of weeks I'll be in beautiful North Carolina to teach an intensive three day workshop where we'll dive deep into the exploration of plaster + paint + wax. Donna Downey and her awesome husband, Bill, are hosting me in their studio and I'm SO looking forward to being there among other creatives! There are still a few seats left in this workshop.
I've heard amazing things about Bill and Donna. They are incredibly generous, talented, and go above and beyond to facilitate all their workshop participants in immersing deep into creative play. Not only do they provide a wonderful facility, but
ALL MEALS AND MATERIALS ARE PROVIDED!!
Yep. You just show up with the clothes on your back and be hassle-free & ready to play!
(Talk about a true, creativity-cultivating retreat!)
September 18-21st, 2014
I would LOVE to see you there!