I've made 3 vintage looking broaches so far and this one is my favorite! I hand-sewed each bead into several layers of felt. Then added it to a headband with lots of thin feathers to give it a flapper look.
A dance instructor who owns a dance studio bought it this week along with my other 2 broach accessories and lots of hair clips. So, I said goodbye to my favorite hair accessory. The parting was bitter-sweet.
If there's one thing I've learned about my own creative drive is that I like creating new things that I've never tried before. This beaded flower is no different. With anything "vintage" being hot right now, I decided to make my own vintage looking beaded flower. Of course, it's not vintage if it's not old, but some of the beads came from old costume jewelry...so does that count???
I was up until 5 a.m. with my needle and thread, carefully stitching each bead, one at a time. Once completed, my droopy eyes were sleepily happy and content with my newest creation.
Yesterday, I added lots of feathers and a clip on the back and turned this flower into a beautiful hair clip. Now, to decide what to charge for it....it only took me 4-5 hours to make. ha! I'll have to make a facebook poll or something, to see what others think I should charge!! I do believe I will do just that. Good idea.
These are my latest HAIR ACCESSORIES - HAIR CLIPS. They are for sale at Avalon Salon in Hot Springs, AR. Hair clips are made from ostrich feathers, peacock feathers, guinea feathers, and costume jewelry.
(See if these items are available for purchase here.)
This is a poem I wrote in which life's struggles have been juxtaposed as Mother Nature's storms. Life may be difficult to deal with at times, and may seem to be in control and bigger than we are, but putting our trust and hope in God will always trump anything life dishes out.
Somehow amid each tempest,
Whirlwinds running wild,
His still small voice
It guides me,
Escorts me as His child.
Each twister clouds my vision;
On Him I imperatively depend.
He sees for me and maneuvers me,
Reassuring He sees the end.
So many scriptures resound within me,
Too many for coincidence;
I'm instructed and delivered,
With each prophetic glimpse.
Thirty-six and thirty-seven
I repeatedly read from the Book of Psalms;
Germinating the assurance
That Mother Nature would indeed be calmed.
Many times I've seen the "native tree"
"Spreading like a weed;"
I've watched the plotting, heard the threats,
Seen the gnashing of her teeth.
Devoted to trust in Him,
When the elements seemed to prevail;
Nourished by His faithfulness,
And that He audits the smallest details.
He's full of mercy, full of love,
Quick to forgive the repentant heart;
Yet, aggressively enforcing justice,
Keeping TRUTH as my navigational chart.
He can't be tricked, can't be bribed;
Nothing's hidden from His eyes.
Ever-ready to extend compassion;
Yet, unsusceptible to believing lies.
So, she watches P's and Q's,
Ducks all in a row,
The calm before the storm,
A peacock-strutting show.
You're "mightier than many waters!" YOU rule "the raging of the sea!"
When Mother Nature sends another storm,
Again, You'll be sheltering me!
This is my first attempt at Impressionism painting. This painting shows a building located right outside of a resort where I stayed in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. I think I like this style of painting; it's very liberating, which is what painters during this era were concentrating on--the freedom of capturing their subject matter without the constraints of details and previous artistic rules.
I will be starting soon on another woodburned portrait of a couple--newlyweds--and am excited to begin. I will be sure to post pictures of the progress. Again, as with my first woodburned project, I will be including their wedding date within the composition of the project. They have asked that I use a bright orange color as the main color. I can't wait to get started!
For Mother's Day this year, I surprised my mom with an early present--a drawn portrait of her and Dad. I know I'm supposed to wait until Sunday, but I'd already waited several days and my patience of not blabbing my surprise was wearing thin. We had a family get-together last night (Friday) and I just HAD to reveal my little secret!!
My mom was really happy and my dad teared up. It was priceless.
I am almost done with my wood-burned portrait I started yesterday. There was A LOT of trial-and-error with this one since I've never done it quite this way before! I didn't have quite the control with this wood burner that I do with a paint brush or charcoal, so the couple doesn't look as much like themselves. :( Bummer. It's still a resemblance of them...I hope. (I'll have to perfect the whole wood burning technique...).
After I burned the two faces into the wood yesterday, I tried mixing acrylic paint with a staining medium, so the wood grain and knots would still show through. As with any art project, it starts taking on a life of its own and never turns out exactly as planned. The stain wound up looking really washed out instead of being full of color.
So, today I mixed a high-gloss, heavy gel medium with more red paint and totally repainted it. I'm liking this much, much better. Now, I'm just waiting for the paint to dry to see if I'm almost finished. If so, I'll sign my name, then I'll have to paint the back of the wood, and apply ":CRAFTS ETC! Clear Acrylic High Gloss Sealer." I do believe this is going to work!
I just finished a commissioned 3-piece bird/tree painting. I used blues, browns, and lots of metallic colors: gold, copper, and bronze. The large splotches of what appears to be yellow and orange are really gold and copper--in person, when the lights hit the canvases, I can see the shimmer of the metallic paints.
Each canvas measures 20"x16" and when hung will measure about 5 feet in length--which will work well over a couch, over a fireplace mantle, or over a bed in your master bedroom.
If you'd like one similar, the price is $200. I can paint one to match your decor. Send me a message on my facebook fan page: Amy Kopp Art.
I'd love to paint one for you!
Here are some close ups to show the texture and metallic colors. I mixed tiny glass beads and sand into my paint. I love texture in art!
A friend asked me to paint her daughter and fiance so that she could give it to them during their wedding shower. What a unique wedding gift!
A portrait would also make a unique, one-of-a-kind gift for an anniversary, high school or college graduation, first birthday, 40th birthday, any birthday, Christmas, Valentine's Day, Mother's Day, Father's Day...so many occasions.
Found out last night that my tree painting "Only the Beginning" will soon be displayed on one of the walls in The Brick House Grill in Spencer's Corner in downtown Hot Springs, Arkansas. I still remember eating there for my first time years ago. The food is delicious and the atmosphere is delightful. I love the historic district of Hot Springs.
Brick House Grill 801 Central Avenue #24
Hot Springs, AR 71901-5312
(501) 321-2926 http://www.thebrickhousegrill.net
Recently, I found many cherished things in my mother's garage that I haven't seen in over 15 years. One of the things I found was a book of my grandfather's poetry and songs. He's been gone now for many years so this find was especially special. I've read each page remembering different characteristics about him. And read many of the poems to my husband and daughter, while telling them about this man they'd never met. I'm so pleased to have this book back within reach and the memories it has brought.
I thought I'd post one of the poems he wrote about me when I was very young.
I met a little maiden,
Twas just the other day,
In a small enchanted garden
Where fairies come to play.
I noticed she was different,
It took but just one look.
But then I thought she too must be
Straight from a story book.
The others danced around her,
Their hearts were filled with glee.
I said, "You all are pretty,
But that one there's for me."
For when hallucination's gone,
And you no more I see,
She'll still be there with heaven's smile,
As real as real can be.
I guess by now you know who I'm
Referring to today,
No question or no doubt, my friend,
It's Amy, all the way.
I will be showcasing some of my art work this Friday night during April's Gallery Walk in downtown Hot Springs, Arkansas. I'll be with Prodigious Art Gallery and will be located in Spencer's Corner from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. I'd love to see you there!
801 Central Ave.
Hot Springs, AR 71901
There's just over an hour left to purchase a high-quality stretched canvas print measuring 22.50" x 30.00" of artist Sharon Cummings' Spring Maidens for the promotional price of: $95. I know, crazy cheap! I plan to keep posting new promotional items so bookmark my blog to see beautiful art (by my fellow artists) at incredibly low prices!
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This is a large, very textured painting. In the foundation layer, I added swirly pieces of modern, "hairy" yarn. On the tree, added lots of tiny glass beads to the paint. On the branches, there are tiny metallic green leaves which I repeated the shape toward the outside of the painting for repetition. This tree with its budding leaves reflects the first signs of spring coming, the winter season has passed and something new is on its way; hope is coming...its at the beginning stages...almost there...almost like it's coming on its own to the seer...he/she is not active in the renewal at all, but the promise is definitely there...you can feel it...it's certain to come...and is just beginning to warm you. It's ONLY THE BEGINNING.
Here's my newest tree painting. I'm still not sure if I'm finished with it and haven't come up with a name yet--my facebook friends are giving me some ideas though. In the foundation layer, I decided to add fuzzy, modern yarn to give it lots of texture. I'm pleased with how that turned out. I just need to quit touching it so much! That's the first thing I want to do when I see a textured painting; I want to feel it. Touching someone's painting is very taboo so I create my own textured pieces and touch them all I want. :) I just can't help myself.
Today (3-9-10), I decided to add to this post, quoting a reaction a good friend named Josh had when he first saw this painting. His words touched me deeply and inspired me to title this painting "SEARCHING." Here is what he had to say:
"When I looked at this painting, I almost cried because I saw the struggle I had trying to reach God. I took many turns and heard many lies that was confusing to me. This painting really spoke to me. I guess you didn't know you were painting this for me. I think God was reminding me of the times he was there and the times I tried to reach him, but had a hard time. It's an awesome painting. I can't take my eyes off of it. Every turn of the branches, every twist, I see myself all in this painting."
I'm going on a mission trip to Costa Rica in a few days. I cannot wait! We will be visiting several different locations, feeding children, interacting with them with clowns, face painting, balloon animals. Then, we'll be putting on an hour-long puppet show. Here, is one of the background scenes I painted. 3 puppets will be singing a song about Zacheus from the Bible.