Browsing Archive: February, 2011

Inspired by Trees

Posted by Julie Brown on Sunday, February 27, 2011, In : Creating by the Brook 
Across the road from our farm and house are gloriously tangled thickets of hawthorn trees.  
 


I am always struck by the lacy, abstract patterns created by the branches and long, spiky thorns.

Beyond the hawthorns stand groves of poplar and birch.
 
  
Their linear, upright trunks contrast beautifully with the hawthorns.
 


These trees inspired the copper and sterling cuff I created for the Thing a Week Jewellery Challenge on Flickr.  

This is a view taken last autumn, looking from the stand of poplars...
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Tilly Portrait Finished

Posted by Julie Brown on Wednesday, February 16, 2011, In : Portraits 
Last month I posted a work-in-progress shot of this memorial portrait of my daughter's dog, Tilly (you can also read a bit about Tilly in that same post).  I tend to procrastinate when it comes to finishing things I create for my family, but we are going down to visit my daughter this weekend, so I pushed myself to finish it so I could deliver it in person. 
 


A bit of tweaking, and the mixed media portrait is now finished and at my printer/framer to be scanned for future prints, and matted and...

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A New Cuff, Inspired by Trees

Posted by Julie Brown on Friday, February 11, 2011, In : Thing a Week Jewellery Challenge 2011 
My week 6 Thing A Week offering is a cuff, inspired by trees, and again created using metal from my scrap box, which means it is Earth (and tree) friendly, always a good thing in my book.
 


I stamped the inside with a secret message:
 
 

Click on the photos to read more about the inspiration behind this copper and sterling silver cuff, and to find out what the secret quote is. 
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Channeling Calder and my Inner Hippy: Week 5 of the Thing A Week Jewelry Challenge

Posted by Julie Brown on Sunday, February 6, 2011, In : Thing a Week Jewellery Challenge 2011 
Lately I've been on a real Alexander Calder kick.  In fact, three of my five Thing a Week pieces have been inspired by his work.

Week two was this copper necklace:
 

Week four, a cuff:


 This past week, I created another copper necklace, again Calder-inspired.  I think I was channeling my inner hippy, too.  Doesn't it look like something straight out of the 60's?  

 

Maybe I've been listening to too much Bob Dylan lately.  At any rate, I'm enjoying the challenge of creating something each week.  The...
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Sheep Painting Work in Progress

Posted by Julie Brown on Thursday, February 3, 2011, In : Art 
This is another painting I was working on before Christmas and couldn't show you because it was a gift.  I painted this sheep for my husband from a photo he took of one of his favourite ewes before he took the plunge and sold our flock.  He was finding the work involved in looking after over 100 sheep plus their lambs just a bit too much in addition to his full time job off the farm, and so made the tough decision to sell them.

I thought that this pastel painting was almost complete, needing j...
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A Bit About Julie


Julie A. Brown, Wabi Brook Studio I'm a full-time artist and metalsmith following my own path. I live a creative life inspired by nature, and fueled by tea and dark chocolate. When I'm not in my studio slapping paint around or pounding metal, or collaborating with my Spirit of the Arts partners, you will find me in my garden under my favourite tree, lost in a good book.

                                                                     

2014  Winter Workshop Schedule:


Wednesday, January 26: 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. -  Ring Making
Friday, January 31: PD Day Art Adventure Camp: 9:00 a.m to noon - Exploring Texture and Colour
Tuesday, February 4: 10:00 to Noon -  Earring Making
Thursday, February 13: 10:00 to Noon -  Chain Making
Tuesday, February 18: 10:00 to Noon - Introduction to Metal Stamped Jewellery
Tuesday, February 25: 10:00 to Noon - Metal Stamped Jewellery Part 2
Tuesday, March 4: 10:00 to Noon - Metal Stamped Jewellery Part 3

I am also available for art and jewellery lessons by appointment. Contact me for more information about the workshops or classes.

All workshops and classes are held in the studio at Spirit of the Arts on Lakeshore Road in New Liskeard, ON
                                                                                                                   

 
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