I am busy preparing for my shows in Philadelphia and Baltimore beginning next week. But I still have to keep my sanity by doing a little calming, meditative watercolor painting every now and then. Here are two from this week.

I am still working with the luscious blue violet/lapis/gold/turquoise palette. I always seem to return to this form- inspired by patchwork quilts and Amish quilts- a square within a square. This is the latest iteration of one of my favorite forms.

I am in the process of designing and creating samples for my upcoming shows. I realized last week that I had 4 groups, but none of them really featured BLUE. I gave myself a few days to come up with a palette that balanced with the other color palettes that I had already done, and I came up with Lapis/Blue.  It is rich and saturated with a nod to Ancient Egyptian jewelry and faience. I’m working with purple-y blues and lobelia, turquoises, navy, lavender, and shades of metallic gold. This is the first piece I have made and now I want to keep making more and more with this palette. It’s calming and deep and mysterious- and looks good on lots of people.

This little painting by Hiroshi Matsumoto is my color inspiration.

I am about three weeks away from my East Coast Tour of Wholesale and Retail shows- ACRE Philadelphia (to the trade only) and ACC Baltimore (to the trade and to the public.) Here is my “Synapse” necklace- with 4 strands of beaded beads, beaded saucers, aventurine, pyrite, prehnite and recycled glass. It hangs at about 29″ at the longest point. This piece joins other pieces in a merchandising group called “Celadon Red.”

I’m working on creating a body of work for my wholesale accounts- galleries, museum stores, boutiques. I enjoy making “groups” of colors and themes and then I create work that falls into these categories. This way each group is a “story” which is easy for a buyer to understand (necklaces, cuffs, and earrings all in the same palette to mix and match.)  Here is a new necklace- Element 5- with a polka-dot herringbone cord and 5 beaded beads, 29″ in length.

I hope to be posting lots of new work here, as well as in my shop in the next few weeks. In less than 4 weeks, I will be attending the ACRE (American Craft Retailers Exhibition) in Philadelphia, as well as ACC(American Craft Council) wholesale and retail shows in Baltimore.