Sunday, June 22, 2008

◀ A Ten Year Project Completed ▶

Wow! After 10+ years and well over 2200 wooden objects painted and drilled into beads, my bead project is complete!!! I hung it this weekend on a salvaged pole that I painted purple. The wooden rings were gifted to me from a friend to use how I saw fit. This beaded curtain hangs between our dining room and kitchen.
The painting of these beads began when Jon and I rented the Old Opera House in Gosport, IN. My painting area was a few too many steps away from the closest sink. In order to use up small dabs of paint, I began applying them to these odd wooden parts. Soon more intense detail was added to each bead with most being embellished with 6-10 colors per bead, often airbrushing and detailing with pencil tips. I got into it and the time spent illuminating these beads became a cathraric episode I looked forward to every day.
A meditation of sorts.
There are 22 strands hanging. Each one is about 84" long and comprised of a minimum of 120 beads.
For those who say I have no patience, I will kindly refer them to this project......
It became a metaphor for time used and paint saved!
It became a testament to patience!



Anonymous said...

AWESOME!! Don't forget to show these to the BEAD district folks in Bloomington. They will FLIP OUT! Now, when are you starting on the beaded curtain for our Monroe homestead? We can expect it ....say... around 2018 or so?



Anonymous said...

You didn't tell us how the "other residents" of your humble abode are taking to the new addition. I know that to you, it is art. But to the "others" ("LOST" pun fully intended!) it may be appreciated in a different way.

With that in mind....Have you run the laser pointer up and down the beaded curtain yet?

Anonymous said...

Holy whatever!!!

Patricia Hecker said...

...Holy Cow.........yes there does seem to be a proliferation of bovine beads!


Kristie said...

Holy cow, WOW! That is AMAZING! I'm blown away. That is something to be very proud of. You did a most excellent job on!

Holly Olinger said...

I'd love to know more about the process. This truly is a sign of excellence.

laurie b said...

oh my this is beautiful! thank you for sharing it.
laurie beggin

Spillar said...

Wow, great way to incorporate your art into your lives. I love the fact that it has so many different ways to be enjoyed - by sight, by touch, and by sound