Picasso once said: Art washes from the soul the dust of everyday life.
I could not agree more. Sitting down with my beads, at the end of the day, is a welcome respite from the daily grind; even if it's almost midnight when I finish a piece, I feel invigorated by the sentence, "I made that!" I know that Jake feels the same way about his canvases. I feel very lucky to be surrounded by creative, giving individuals who also wash away dust from their days by creating - on canvas, in metal, with gems.
I made some rounds and picked up pieces from different artists who have donated to the International School of Monterey's International Extravaganza Gala and Auction this weekend. I just wanted to give a shout out to some of these fabulous, passionate artists. With much appreciation...
Iris Brewster donated a dynamic multimedia collage entitled "Dance a New Beginning." Love it!
Her blog, Through the Eyes of Iris, includes photos of some other pieces.
Jessica Calzada is an uber-talented gal, based in New Mexico, who takes some rockin' black and white photographs, knits luscious scarves, and makes sensational jewelry. She donated a necklace and earring set to the auction that is made with real acorns. Gorgeous!
Click to visit her etsy store: Gypsywick by GypsyJessica.
And last, but not least, Paxton Mobley donated a white bronze sand dollar belt buckle and a sterling silver seahorse pendant. If I hadn't already commissioned a parrot tulip piece, I would definitely be bidding on his stuff. Check out his website: Paxton Fine Buckles and Jewelry Design.
Here's a photo of him, hard at work, on one of his sculpted buckles.