Each morning - we paint the way our day will eventually unfold. Whether it's the care we take with our appearance, the colors we select to wear OR even the music we absorb during the course of our day.
There are times - such as today - when I ditched the idea of wearing black and opted for a wonderful fuchsia linen top, I feel ALIVE in color - even if it's just to put together tonight's Weekly Wednesday Update (I never get to actually leave the house on Wednesdays!) but I choose to feel good - I get to set the stage to encourage this emotional lift.
I listen to music or talk radio each day and recognize the influence that my audio choices have on my work. I absorb what I listen to in my environment and often see it 'float' to the surface of my work. Change the music and see a different style bead!!
I just joined Spotify recently - and love the endless selection of music. It's easy to compile playlists AND share them. I am planning to put together some playlists of music that I love to listen to while I torch, and IF I'm not mistaken, they can be easily shared! So - stay tuned and I'll let you know when I've got one (or more) for you!
These were made during the Presidential election - I was deep in concentration, listening to the news. I find that this fine stringer work (on 1/2"d beads) is relaxing as well as mindless after awhile - that day I filled the kiln to capacity!
This style of bead came about when the US invaded Afghanistan in search of Osama Bin Laden. I was so creeped out upon realizing this - I remember quickly shutting down work for the day.
The emergence of these Urban Chic Tile sets usually indicate a sense of personal joy or mark a shift of season, or just my listening to acoustic music. Transparent glass usually dominates my work in the Spring, as I think its weightless appearance is especially appealing after a long dreary winter.
So, whether it's intentional or not - we do wear our emotions and are influenced easily by outside forces... what do you see in your work, can you remember if significant events appeared in some way in what you produced?