Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Buffalo Head



Buffalo Head Pendant - 
made with alligator teeth and an agate stone point
The alligator makes a great ally and wearing this hand-made, one of a kind pendant, might make you feel like you have a connection with the creature. Alligators have tough, impenetrable hides. Alligators are patient opportunists. They've got all the knowledge they need to survive and they have been doing just that for millions of years.
And ancient African proverbs suggests that the best advice for survival comes from our ancestors, the crocodile.

This hand made, original, one-of-a-kind pendant will be sent in a specially - designed protective package. The arrow point in the center of the pendant was made of agate by a company that takes pride in mimicking ancient tribal points. I love the colors in this particular one so I soldered it with two of my best alligator teeth. One tooth on each side which together with the point, makes the shape of a buffalo head.




63/37 silver, pewter and lead solder was used on this creation and there is an enamel coating over the solder to protect the wearer and the metal. The solder has been treated with a patina before sealing to accent the textures which have been sanded down to a nice smooth finish, making it soft and pleasant to hold and touch.

This link will take you to the ebay listing: https://www.ebay.com/itm/123903274234

Monday, August 19, 2019

Amulet




A mirror reflects back at all who gaze upon this beautifully abstracted 'all knowing eye.' There  is one hematite bead right above a polished piece of shell that shines its mother of pearl. This particular pendant mimics some of the amulets people would carry in ancient times.

This particular necklace is choker length with a handmade clasp in the back.

There are numerous religions, cultures and faiths that use the 'all knowing eye' to guard against jealousy, curses or anything negative projected at the wearer. It is also a good omen of protection and reminds the wearer of this unique piece of art that the divine spirit is watching over them.

This hand made, original, one-of-a-kind pendant will be sent in a specially - designed protective package.

63/37 silver, pewter and lead solder was used on this creation and there is an enamel coating over the solder to protect the wearer and the metal.

This link will take you to the listing on ebay here:
https://www.ebay.com/itm/123880101198

Friday, August 16, 2019

Eye Of Providence

Eye of Providence Pendant


A mirror reflects back at all who gaze upon this beautifully abstracted 'all knowing eye.' There are 3 teardrop beads made of hematite on chains, dangling below the eye like tears. Both copper and hematite are associated with protection and health.

This particular necklace is choker length with a handmade clasp in the back.

There are numerous religions, cultures and faiths that use the 'all knowing eye' to guard against jealousy, curses or anything negative projected at the wearer. It is also a good omen of protection and reminds the wearer of this unique piece of art that the divine spirit is watching over them.

Here it the link to the listing on ebay:

Thursday, August 15, 2019

The Gothic Window


A mirror reflects back at all who gaze upon this beautifully abstracted 'gothic window.' This unique, one of a kind, pendant hangs from a long, hefty silver-toned chain.

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"Gothic" is a misleading term that was written into history and now simply refers to the style that art and architecture were created in during the 13th century. They simply called it "modern style" or "french style." The pointed arches that dominate most Gothiccathedrals and castles makes it so unique and identifiable.

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This mirrored pendant 'reflects' (no pun intended) that lovely style from so long ago. Islamic pointed arches inspired the Europeans to use the style in their cathedrals as part of the Muslim influence on Christianity. 




This item can be purchased on ebay:
https://www.ebay.com/itm/123875964348

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Gifts From the Beach



(search dcurtis on ebay to find my art)

Probably the most wonderful thing about summer is the visits to the beach. Whether you live close to the coast or plan vacations around it, nothing beats a day of sand and sun. For most of us, it revives our soul!

Saturday, April 6, 2019

The Emperor's new Painting




We don’t tell people when we don’t like their art. Do we?
Someone shows their creations to you and they want you to say “It’s beautiful and you’ve had no art training – therefore – you’re a genius and can skip the learning part.”
Art supplies are incredible and they make everyone want to create. We have books, videos and all kinds of software that promises to make you into the next great artist. All these products are a wonderful thing but they only get most people halfway there. There is a drive in everyone to make things better and better but we are told to accept art at the child’s level as if it is innocent and pure that way or that creative energy alone can make it look good. We even scold any one who says something negative. When that negative comment is the only truthful one, it's time to become a student.
There are basic skills and techniques that can make your art look better. They do take time and effort but the rewards are very gratifying. It’s tough to tell someone to train for an art in our society because capitalism sells us short cuts. It draws us into the quick fix and we disguise it under the name of progress or genius. The “How to” world of instruction offers us easy steps and as long as we follow the directions, we can create something just like the professionals even though we are not thinking like the professionals. Step by step instruction will never teach you to come up with your own ideas.
Most people do not become an artist from reading a book or buying art supplies. If you look at all the great names in art history, you will see a pattern. They all had a support team, class or some other group of people helping them keep their focus and giving them an honest objective opinion. We don’t grow from flattery. We grow through development. This is what workshops and classes provide. It’s the social interaction along with the instruction that allows our minds to expand and see the various possibilities. The more skills we obtain, the more we can focus on the creative aspects of getting our expression out on the paper and in the world. In an art class you have access to objective opinions everywhere. You grow as much through your classmates as you do through your teacher. Art classes are everywhere with all ages and levels of learning. The business of art is a huge industry. Do not let the capitalists convince you to limit yourself to just naive rewards.
If a person does not want me to say, “Take an art class!” then they shouldn’t ask because I’m giving them the best advice I have. Seriously!

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Made by hand - Jasper Red and Turquoise Earth Pendant
These stones will make you fall in love with the earth all over again! The largest piece of jasper has deep rich veins of red and white woven in the polished stone. That stone is accented with on jasper bead and one turquoise howlite bead. A small, clear crystal dangles from the end.

This hand made, original, one-of-a-kind pendant will be sent in a specially - designed protective package.




63/37 silver, pewter and lead solder was used on this creation and there is an enamel coating over the solder to protect the wearer and the metal. The solder has been treated with a patina before sealing to accent the textures which have been sanded down to a nice smooth finish, making it soft and pleasant to hold and touch.

This link will take you to ebay where this item is for sale...
https://www.ebay.com/itm/123593354270