This custom necklace started out as a few heartfelt thoughts; her likes, their family and the adventures they enjoy. Together we worked up three different designs, which I illustrated and sent to him to review. This is the design he chose:
Sea turtles are her favorite animal, and she has a February birthday, so he requested an amethyst stone. I used the stone as the moon, rising over the ocean with palm trees swaying in the breeze. The family, with all thier love and dreams, are carried on the back of her favorite animal; sea turtle. The couple sit fireside, in beach chairs, and watch thier curious little boy explore his world. Their son is now 16, but in a parents eyes, our children will always be our babies. I also included the birth flower for February; violet.
Wishing your family safe journeys and eternal love. Happy Anniversary.
Turtle Folk Lore:
Sea Turtles represent good luck, endurance, perseverance and a long life. Turtles are excellent navigators and will have no trouble find their way home Legends say a green sea turtle lead the first Polynesian peoples to the islands. According to https://www.olukai.com; "In modern times, sea turtles are protected by the Endangered Species act and there are severe penalties just for giving them stink eye."
Native American stories say that a great Sea Turtle dedicated it's shell to the land dwelling animals and North America rests on his back.
Well, I can promise that I won't be giving you the stink eye, Great Honu, because the spiritual penalties far outweigh my concern for the laws of man.
ABOVE: Setting up for the first Goshen Art Walk of the 2017 season.
Here I am, Jennifern Hippely, with my "seriously passionate about art and jewelry" face, as I talk about how I individually make each FoxFern jewelry piece. Above photos courtesy of Jim Sebastian of the Times Herald-Record. You can view more pictures of my "serious face" and more of the amazing art and artists that attended the event in TheRecordOnline.com Gallery:
Doing shows is tough, the set-up process is always stressful and the elements (wind) sometimes try to obliterate your displays, but the rewards are so much greater. Even if I don't have a great sales day, meeting new people is a delight and sharing my work with them is an honor.
Thank you to every single visitor who took the time to come out; you encouraged each one of us to continue doing beautiful things for the love of art and literature.
A special Thank You to all the members of the Goshen Art League, they put a lot of unpaid time, effort and love into this event. (HUG)
I love this photo from Goshen Art League member and photographer Julissie Saltzberg:
"Couple in Deep" is in its final stages.
Subject Notes: These are the moments in time that are excruciatingly personal, but more than likely, we have all shared something similar. Our thoughts may be mostly complete, but constructed in a way that makes deciphering them difficult.
Practice Notes: Painting is a torturous discovery, like a painful hike to the apex; a realization of vision into technique. I wanted an illuminated look, slightly out-of-focus, and layered; reminiscent of neon lights or lights through rainy window. You cannot see the layers until you look closely, and that is exactly how I wanted it. It gets clearer the closer you get to the subjects, like looking through a drop of water.
I made several attempts at the technique I envisioned, but had to scrub it back down to the base line several times. I am so glad I did, because there it is. Glowing, layered, and somehow... focused.
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