“Your mind is a garden, your thoughts are the seeds…”

Over the last couple of months, I have fallen off the face of the earth. Again. At least off of the blogosphere anyway.

It has been a crazy couple of months for me, to say the least. Work has been stressful and I was in the process of being interviewed for a new job. Not to mention the start of the new COVID school year for my two daughters.

But enough excuses.

I certainly owe you several updates on my artistic endeavors.

The process

As you may remember, we left off with me sculpting a white human brain on black satin and attaching a red morning glory in the center. If you have no idea what I am talking about (or just need a refresher), check out the previous blog post here. Building up the brain was a long and tedious process, but you can watch a super sped up segment of it here:

Building up the cortex one bead strand at a time.

After building up the brain cortex to about 1″ from the fabric, I had to transition from working on an embroidery hoop to the final frame. I really haven’t missed the process of stretching fabric with sewn-on beadwork onto glass.  I used to do it for my earlier artwork.  But for the last couple of years, I have been working on pre-stretched canvas.  So much easier!

For this project however, I was planning to put it inside of a shadow box, so I really had no choice.  I was holding my breath as I was sewing it in the back – really afraid that despite all of my measurements it wouldn’t be centered.  Not to mention the nerve-wrecking act of putting 3D beadwork down on its face…

It seems like it turned out OK though.

The interpretation

At the end of my previous blog post, I asked the readers what they think might be the meaning behind this work (and I welcome your comments below as well). While it is not quite what I had in mind, I received a wonderful quote in the comments.

“Your mind is a garden, your thoughts are the seeds. You can grow flowers or you can grow weeds.”

There are different opinions online about who has said this, so I am not going to risk specifying an author. But it makes so much sense! I just wish I could follow this advice more often…

While I am not yet ready to share how this brain has turned out, please check out the other currently available artwork in my Gallery.

Art is my emotional outlet and my oasis.  I use art to express my feelings and work through life issues.  Come join me on this journey of letting go of control and letting the creative process take over.  You will get access to all of the behind the scenes footage and see the major breakthroughs that translate into new artwork.

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