This week I totally hit my personal deadlines for this piece!!! It has been some long hours, 4 seasons of the show Bones watched, almost a whole box of tea gone and a very sore back.
I have the whole house to myself for a few weeks and decided to buckle down and really take advantage of my time with this piece. I put in so many hours this week and decided to work through the weekend. I am very happy with the progress so far. The beginning of the week is was a bit slow going. This piece is so large and each section seems like such a huge undertaking when I begin. Especially this week. All the layer and color changes with the back feathers was very challenging. Because of how large this piece is, sometimes its difficult to maneuver while beading. My piece is currently on a large frame that's about 26 inches by 24 inches. Its a big fella, and I don't have very long arms. So to be able to reach the back section, beading is sometimes a challenge and can get very awkward. Which is why my back hurts this week (honestly it hurts every week but this week just hurts in different spots because of how I was holding my piece all week).
This week also provided me with a bit more color to work with which always makes things more interesting. Instead of working on the bottom section which was only working with a few colors, I got to work with about 10+ different shades of blues and greens, which is so beautiful to me.
If you were to ever ask me what my favorite color is I wouldn't be able to honestly answer that question. I love all colors, every single color holds beauty to me. For example, I walked by a beautiful tree last weekend, the leaves were a vibrant lime green with hints of yellow throughout. At that moment in time, staring at those beautiful leaves, that color was my favorite color. I truly believe artists see the world from a completely different perspective than non-artists. I sometimes wish others can see the world as I do. It so hard to describe.... I have heard the saying "that artists live in their world", and yes that is somewhat true. I can stare at a leaf for long time. I am studying the veins and how they run throughout the leaf. The shape, the color palette, how the light reflects off it, how it smells and feels. I will literally study the leaf and be amazed how nature can create such a beautiful thing. This is how I view the world. So much color and beauty. It can be truly amazing.
Enough about me, lets look at my progress for the week!!! I am pleased to present the Progression of The Wood Duck Project.
Artist Tea Time
Inside the artistic process of Master Beadwork Artist-Jessica Leigh Gokey. Sharing her art, thoughts, and behind the scenes of how Jessica creates her masterpieces.
Grab a cup of tea and venture through Jessica's artistic process.