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Full Moon Bracelet

Posted on : 08-05-2010 | By : Dawn | In : Uncategorized

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The great shining silvery full moon highlights this Celebrate series crochet bracelet.  Crystals sparkle & pearls glow, displaying the beauty of subtle colors. 

Contemplate the cottage garden throughout the seasons. Look into soft fog as cottage lamps reflect summer blossoms.  Focus on snowy shapes as winter light touches sleeping nature.  In every season, celebrate the beauty of our gardens.  Familiar as home, ever changing as thriving life, refreshing as fresh air. 

A sense of kinship fills our moonlit cottage home & garden.

Ink Paintings & Haiku

Posted on : 07-05-2010 | By : Dawn | In : Uncategorized

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                    Lady butterfly

                   perfumes its wings by floating

                   Over the orchid.     -Basho        








 A fallen flower

 Flew back to its branch!

 No, it was a butterfly.    -Moritaki



I painted these pictures in sumi & ink on special japanese display shikishi paperboard.  Sumi is a traditional ink, made by rubbing an incense-scented charcoal ink stick on a smooth, wet ink stone.  The red chopmarks are signatures of my artist name Asatsuki (akatsuki), which means dawn in classical Japanese character.  This style of painting uses various brushstrokes to express the visual & sensual spirit of nature.  The amount of water & ink, as well as placement of ink on the bristles, creates varying shades from transparent grays to dark blacks.  The speed, rhythm & pressure of the brush against the absorbent paper creates sharp, soft, or blended strokes.  At times saturated deeply & othertimes dry on the upper fibers of the paper, textures are created by vertical as well as horizontal application of ink to paper.  A significant characteristic of this style is the respect for white space.  The artist does not focus on colorful drawing to block form onto background paper but instead allows the light to come through.  This elicits spirit. 

Painting in this style is like dancing: brush & ink in hand: light, rhythm, touch, speed, & spirit together in joyful concentration & celebration.

I am offering for sale five paintings, including these two, as well as ten bracelets at the RPO Symphony Showhouse event’s Noteworthy Boutique. Open from May 22 to June 13, 2010. For event details, visit www.rposhowhouse.org .

Butterfly Garden Bracelet

Posted on : 29-04-2010 | By : Dawn | In : Uncategorized

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Creamy cultured pearls, pastel swarovski crystal pearls, & opalescent crystal beads.  Hand crochet in 14 kt gold wire with slide magnetic gold clasp.

This bracelet’s style comes from the design series Now & Forever, the first of my handmade bracelets. It is named Butterfly Garden in honor of my RPO Cottage Gardens bracelets grouping for the upcoming RPO Symphony Showhouse 2010, Noteworthy’s Boutique.  Located at The Cottages at Malvern Hill (between Thornell Road & Rt. 64) in Pittsford, New York.  May 22 to June 13, 2010  www.rposhowhouse.org

I am forever amazed at the butterfly’s fragile beauty & resiliant strength.  Butterflies fly thousands of miles to winter-over in warm climates.  In their seemingly wandering fluttering, they are able to make their way year after year & generation after generation.  Floating on lilting breezes: meandering up & down, this side & that, the butterfly accomplishes a most astounding  journey.  Have you ever tried to catch a butterfly in your hands?  It is not as simple as it would appear.  Much like some of us.  

Colorful, silken, delightful flutter-by’s!