Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Inspiration In Unexpected Places....

I've been busily working in my studio since I've returned from my time at Mohonk inspired me to paint....paint.....paint and in addition to finishing a canvas painting I had in the works, I've finished several glass art pendants as well.

On top of the fact that I love to "paint small", pendants have another source of enjoyment for me, they give me ideas for canvas creations believe it or not! I have several that I've enjoyed painting so much that I want to re-create them on canvas. I love the fact that no matter what kind of painting, designing, crafting or creating you do, inspiration can come from anywhere.

So maybe that should be the thought for this week on my blog, something to keep in mind when you are creating, no matter what kind of creating you do...........don't limit your inspiration or where it comes from. Keep an open mind and you might find it comes from the most surprising places.

I guess for me, this week anyway, that means pendants!

As far as new possibilities go, look what I received in the mail last week....some lovely unfinished wooden rectangles that would be perfect for pendants. I wanted to expand what I offer my customers which right now is painted, fused glass and sand dollar pendants so I thought designing these blank wooden pieces for pendants, would be a perfect addition.

The first 5 wooden pendants just emerged from my basement this morning. No, I didn't paint them down there, they were designed and painted in my studio but they did decend into the basement for a shiny, laquer spray coating to protect the design. I just brought them upstairs a few moments ago. I'll have to show some photos of them when they are finished and ready.
In the meantime, the glass art pendants above are being added to my Ruby Lane shop:


Catherine Holman said...

Beautiful! Can't wait to see the wood ones painted.

Anna Rosa Designs said...

Oh Ruth,
These pendants are just gorgeous.
Well done on your creativity this week.

Celestina Marie said...

Hi Ruth, OH my gosh your new pendant designs are beautiful. I understand too well finding inspiration in all kinds of places. You where inspired well and the get away did you good. In fact, I love the pics of your trip. It looks like you had a grand time on your anniversary trip. Looking forward to seeing more.
I just know the wood squares will be just as pretty as pendants.
Thank you for sharing your latest works.

Have a great evening.
hugs, Celestina Marie

Siobhan said...

Hi Ruth,
These are so sweet!
Siobhan :)

NeereAnDear said...


Your are gorgeous!!! Thorougly enjoying the abstract images and I too can picture some of these designs on canvas...

Cant wait to see them !!


Suzanne said...

Love your new pendants! Your getaway must have been just the thing to inspire you! Can't wait to see the wood pieces painted.

The Rose Room said...

Love the pendants Ruth! Rachaelxo

The Rose Room said...

p.s. especially the first one, the pink and black!

Gail McCormack said...

Hi Ruth

Love the pendants - looking forward to seeing the little wooden ones, I bet they're quite time consuming - undercoating then hand painting the designs on, then attaching the little eyelet thingy

Happy painting

Marilyn said...

These pendants are fabulous! Can't wait to see what you've done with the wooden pendants.

The Painted Garden said...

Hi Ruth,

Oh my - your new pendants are beautiful. You continue to amaze me with your new creations. The glass art is lovely and will make wonderful Holiday gifts. I am looking forward to seeing what you create with the new wooden pendants.
Have a great weekend.

Beadin By The Sea said...

These are just beautiful Ruth! I especially like the pink/black one as well! Good for you, getting right back to work after your vacation!

Donna said...

Beautiful, beautiful creations, Ruth!! I love the very first pendant.

Inspiration abounds! I was inspired over the weekend while at the coast.


The Dreaming Bear said...

Hi! Found you through the Mosaic Cottage blog. Love what you are doing with those pendants! Great work!