Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Asymmetrical Design


Sometimes it's nice to shake things up a bit with asymmetrical design. This is a design that is balanced diagonally instead of vertically or horizontally. Elements are not reflected on both sides and quite often there is a 'tail' or trailer that adds additional interest to the piece. 

This Blue Glass eye seated inside a mirror triangle with a copper eyelid was created into an old-style 'eye of providence.' 
Below the Triangular eye, hangs a polished mother of pearl shell piece and a hematite bead. Hematite is a mineral that polished like a stone and has a rich charcoal color. It is THE stone for protection and warding off any negativity. The mirror symbolically reflects back any thoughts the viewer might have towards its wearer, making this one incredibly protective amulet to wear every day
This hand made, original, one-of-a-kind pendant will be sent in a specially - designed protective package.
There is a short leather cord for this particular pendant which means it looks good on both men and women.




This pendant is listed on ebay (another site) here:

Friday, May 25, 2018

Blackberry Tea - The Fruits of My Own Labor



I use a small coffee pot when I brew my herbal and fruit teas. I keep an extra coffee pot on my counter just for this purpose. I never put coffee in this one pot so it is not stained with old grinds and bad smells. You can use coffee filters to stop the berries from staining your filter cup because blackberries emit the richest red syrup.
I add honey that I bought from a local farmer to the pot of tea even though it's already naturally sweet.
If you use honey from your region, it helps you fight allergies by building up an immunity to the pollen that the bees are gathering in their hives. It really helps me on spring mornings when I wake up sneezing.
With a handful of berries like the picture shown above, I can usually get about 2 - 1 quart pots of tea. After the tea cools, I pour the fresh blackberry tea into plastic bottles for freezing. It's important to only fill the bottles 3/4ths full otherwise it will expand when frozen and distort the bottle.
It's hot here in south Texas so I carry a frozen bottle of herbal or fruit tea every day. It melts slowly while I'm driving so it's important to keep a cooler or towel around the bottom of the bottle.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Almost Summer

It's almost summertime. Students are studying for finals. Shorts and T shirts are dominating the clothes isles at stores. Hotels are offering early bird specials. I can't wait to dip my feet in the sand! 

this image is available on ebay:


Monday, April 2, 2018

Dot Art


Here is the ebay link to the listed painting:
https://www.ebay.com/itm/263567575321?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649

I've been so inspired by all the mandalas posted on the internet. I love the use of the circle in all forms of art. This is similar to the ancient technique that the Aboriginees use in their art. It is also similar to pointillism that some of the post impressionists use to define optical color. The subject matter is similar to folk art in the sense that almost anything goes: abstract to graphic to realistic, landscapes to iconography to still life. The possibilities with a new technique can be endless!

I spent many hours just experimenting with different color schemes and designs so I actually finished the frame before the actual painting.

Friday, March 30, 2018

Two Sides

There Are At Least Two Sides to Every Story
Get in the system before you judge anything. This might be hard to do depending on the system but even a little research can help you ‘see’ inside the system. Too many people are looking at new laws being introduced into our system as atrocious before seeing what they are addressing. Too many people are protesting laws that are being discarded with the same ignorance. The worst part is when they get a little taste of what the other ‘group’ is dealing with, they become radical in their support without looking at the other side.
I live in the "most international county" in the United States and I love the international feel. I do know things were a lot ‘less equal’ for me and a lot of people who fit my category before my city became so international.
I do not agree with some of the international attitudes projected on my neighborhood and the city. People in other groups, whether it be social class, cultural class, gender class, working class or any other, should walk in the shoes of those who serve in this society before judging the laws that effect them. So many times I hear celebrities endorsing a law, attitude or movement without seeing it from all sides. This is the equivalent of not thinking before you speak. We need to look at all sides of every story before making a decision.


Sunday, January 28, 2018

The Restful Shore

This image can be purchased on ebay: https://www.ebay.com/itm/253394544017?ssPageName=STRK%3AMESELX%3AIT&_trksid=p3984.m1558.l2649

This image portrays the feeling I get when I'm at the beach  at night
It's so easy to sleep when you hear the sounds of waves crashing along a shoreline.
Many years ago, friend of mine gave me a present he found while cleaning his garage. The gift was speakers dating back to the 60s when the sound of 'white noise' was popular.
These speakers made the sound of crashing waves and I could play them all night while I slept and drown out the sound of my fighting neighbors.  I played those speakers every night until I moved. I played those speakers till they broke from wear.
It's amazing how these sounds can bring peace and make us feel safe.
I hope this image captures that feeling of peace, safety and quiet.
Pleasant dreams everyone!



Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Romanesque

Romanesque means Roman-like...
and it references the the 11th and 12th century metal work done in Europe. This was a prosperous time when artisans looked back at a great empire and tried to mimic the art left by the Romans. They were so eager to rise out of the dark, dingy and cold middle ages that focused just on survival. This new generation of Europeans wanted a future full of rich culture in the arts and education. They looked at the time when the great Roman empire thrived and built schools and museums in honor of knowledge and human development. These people were impressed by education and deep, insightful cultural expression.
Unfortunately, the skills and training that the Roman artisans had were not available to medieval Italy and other European societies in the 11th and 12th century, they had to improvise until proper training was available. The roads were not safe and the Byzantine artists who maintained the old school traditions were not eager to risk their lives for travel to the western world. It was just too dangerous.
Although the old Greek Orthodox artists from Constantinople were hesitant about traveling to the Roman Catholic world, the roads eventually became safe and the money enticed their appetite for new adventure. They brought their skills with them to the western societies and taught these techniques to many monasteries where crosses and small figurines were in demand. In fact, this was such a lucrative trade that many of the monasteries became rich off of selling 'cloister crafts' to medieval Christian families.
Like these early Christians, I share an appreciation for Romanesque style and the ancient skills. I love the mixed metals they used and even though they did this because of lack of resources for an abundance of one metal, married metals became a new style. The 'marriage' of more than one metal into a single art form creates a beautiful and unique look. I've always loved copper and silver or lead together so I really enjoy making these crosses. Every one of them is a unique, one-of-a-kind work of art. I've sold over a hundred of them to different churches and people browsing through crafts fairs and festivals.
I hope you will find the charm in these small one-of-a-kind artifacts, too.

You can find my crosses for sale on ebay:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/122739671791?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649
just click the above link or search dcurtis on ebay...I will be listing more each week.