"If you hear a voice within you say, 'you cannot paint,' then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced." --Vincent van Gogh

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

The Rhythm of the Samba (and some new earrings)

This month I got to create an 8x8 "room" for my good friend Gabriela (follow the link to her blog ~ rumor has it she's having a giveaway!). Her theme for her dream home was her family home in Brasil. So naturally, having never been to Brasil, when I think of that country, I think of Carnaval ... and that means SAMBA! So here is Gabriela's dance hall...

I love the passion and the joy of the Latin culture and tried to capture that feeling in this piece. The walls were actually cut from a piece of fabric that Gabriela gave me. The floor was a black and white piece, which I painted with thinned textile paints to reflect the colors of the walls and give the illusion of all those colored lights radiating around the room. I've wanted to try a silhouette for a while now, and finally I have. I don't expect it will be the last time.

These are some soda can earrings that I made today. I've been wanting to come up with some ways to use the cool graphics on the cans. I hope to explore this medium further, so stay tuned!

This is a closeup of the "Fresca" pair, which have already been claimed by my daughter. I think if a pre-teen snaps up a piece of your jewelry, that is a very good sign!
I want to take a minute to thank those of you who follow my blog, those who leave comments, and those who don't. Know that I appreciate you being here and sharing my art with me.
~Michelle


10 comments:

Sequana said...

Did you use a Crop-a-dile for the center of the earrings?

I LOVE that Samba! I can almost hear the music.

Dotti said...

I was a teenager when I lived in Brazil for 2 years. Your 'room' truly speaks to the rhythm of that country. When I was there they were doing the Bosa Nova and we were doing the Twist! (As well as the samba)

TracyB said...

The Samba piece is fabulous!!! And you know I'm really wanting those Fresca earrings :)

Threadhead said...

My page is absolutely special and wonderful! Thanks Michelle!Love those earrings too!

Anonymous said...

I love the Samba piece. You created a very artistic piece that rivals the masters. The people actually appear to move.

The earings are excellent too. They should be very popular.

Wiseguy

Karen said...

The Samba piece looks good and the earrings are cute.

Jeanne Turner McBrayer said...

I love the Samba piece. Did you use ultrasuede for the silhouettes?

The earrings are really fun, too.

jgr said...

Oh WOW, I love the energy of the 'room' it's very cool and the earrings are awesome!! I agree: If a teenager likes something, it's a very good sign! LOL

Judy Alexander said...

Samba piece is really great. Love the energy of the dancers and a bit of mystery since you can only see their silhouettes.

Elizabeth said...

Your earrings are wonderful!! you are right about the teenager snapping them up! you go girl!!!
Hugs!
Elizabeth