Rock On

 

Those from the eighties generation may remember the song. It kept playing in my head while making these fun little necklaces for the last two years so I just made a combo post out of the two. A big seller at craft shows, especially amongst the teen category, they are a simple mix of imperial jasper, Swarovski crystals, and bronze chain. Best of all though, they were inspired by music, one of the strongest gifts a person can be inspired by.

Music is so precious, so uplifting, calming, and emotion moving. My Dad used to say how the soul was completely moved by it, and it certainly has been a great part of my family’s life. We listen to music while beading, drawing, thinking, and relaxing. It is there like a rock, soothing the soul.

These little guys are part of the experience with there bright shades and simplicity. They are also done with charms and leather, and probably will morph into different places as long as I can keep making them.

I am working on posting the many that are available for purchasing, plus some in the archives collection. They’ve earned their own place here.

And just to jog your memory….

Hey, kid, rock and roll
Rock on, ooh my soul
Hey, kids, you boogey, too, did ya?
Hey shout, summertime blues
Jump up and down in my blue suede shoes
Hey, did you rock and roll, rock on
And where do we go from here?
Which is a way that’s clear
Still looking for that blue jean, baby queen
Prettiest girl I ever seen
See her shake on the movie screen, Jimmy Dean
(James Dean)
And where do we go from here?
Which is a way that’s clear
Still looking for that blue jean, baby queen
Prettiest girl I ever seen
See her shake on the movie screen, Jimmy Dean
(Jimmy Dean)
Rock on
Rock on
Rock on…

~Alison

 

 

Male Indigo Bunting

Birds of Paradise

 

RainbowbirdIf you asked most artists what inspires them to draw, or create anything, what would you figure to be the most popular subjects? After shyly joining a pastel artist Facebook group last week, I have been pleasantly surprised at the knowledge gained in such a short period of time. One post addressed the question of what three subjects you like to paint the most. There were several replies, animals being very popular, probably to no one’s surprise. Flowers were the list as well as portraits, and of course one of my favorites……birds.

Indian Plum Headed Parakeet

It seems as though the beauty of the feathers and color variations create a great challenge for the artist. A very large artist create them in the first place. I guess we just like to see if we can come close to interpreting that! Overall, it’s fun.

Male Indigo BuntingWhat do you like to draw and why? I am posting a few of my favorite pieces that have been exciting challenges to work on, with a little caption info about each bird. Leave your comments below if you like. Love to hear from you!

~Alison