Haven't been keeping up with blog lately, mostly because I switched websites and need to be doing blog there instead. Using Square space now, slowly getting that all together www.bettymckim.com This blog is more like a journal for me I think I have been keeping it for about 5 years now. It allows me to keep track of events and things as they happen. October, Nov and December all ran together. Full of workshops at Pullen, a hurricane that altered my show season. New photography, new work and new galleries. Home show in Charlotte, kitchen renovation, baby shower, trip to Boston, Brevard and Asheville. All fun and so nice to reunite with old friends.
|George and I cooked this Christmas, mostly warmed up but none the less spent alot of time in the kitchen|
|Added a snow owl to our christmas tree|
|My favorite pictures from the fall|
|little gem like leaves|
|The shows were good I appreciate all the support, from customers, friends and family. Thank you !|
|Christmas eve walk on beach|
|New display idea|
|I truly enjoyed watching this tree this fall it is a Ginko Tree at Pullen being protected during the construction that is going on right now.|
|Jennifer's maple tree, We went to Asheville during leaf season. Raleigh had a pretty spectacular show going on here. I heard a Bob Dylan line today that said "Don't keep looking at the house across the street and thinking its paradise".|
|Decided to bring back the "sexy earring" this winter Jennifer wears it well|
|all grown up 2 now|
|necklace to match coming|
|Christmas full moon|
|Devin graduates mfa this spring|
|Sticks n' Stones|
|Spokes and Ring|
|Classic Pearl Drop|
|ring, necklace, and hoop earring|
|ebony and gold choker|
network sites. But for now it was great seeing the jewelry being worn and photographed with a model. Becky Parker did the photography and she was also very nice to work with.
Brought back the rosemary
|and a few surprises|
and the living is easy, a few of my favorite things for July heading into August
|kayaking down the Neuse|
|this little sugar fired enameled piece, feels like the beach|
|new bracelets in the works|
|sterling version of commission|
|becoming a favorite bracelet, accompanied with basil which grew like crazy on my deck this summer|
|the complete set 18 k gold plated over silver "vermeil"|
|Drunk bee sucking the life out of cone flower, for some reason I can't get them to grow... though I try every year.|
|kitchen window with black eyed susan|
|Scarf I started 25 years ago finishing last block of green|
|lots of butterflies this year|
|Once in a Blue Moon|
|one more trip to the beach,||Lots more jewelry to be made, getting ready for a photo shoot of jewelry on models, a first for me.|
Australian Boulder opals, simply elegant
Loved Boston saw so many great things, saw an old friend hadn't seen in years. Saw fabulous jewelry. Walked and walked, really enjoyed the public transportation, the museums, historical sights, public art, beautiful parks and quaint neighborhoods. The SNAG conference is always stimulating, thought provoking, and entertaining.... Got right back to an Anne Havel workshop. which was super, Larkspur Show which was great. Lovely weather, big crowds. Then a trip to Manteo's College of Albremarle and Pocossin. Studying ideas for future of Pullen Art Center. Followed by hosting a workshop with Ben Dyer, doing cold forging, also excellent and well received. A fathers day trip to mountains again visiting with college pals our dear friends Jo and Bill from Brevard. Now time to get back to work catch up with some commissions and start getting ready for fall shows. I will be doing a show this Fall in Wiiliamsburg called "An Occasion for the Arts" trying to branch out a bit. My website disappeared, actually expired unnoticed so I'm having to get that redone. And now its July. Lots of shark attacks in NC. second thinking swimming in ocean for now. It has been extreamly hot. Heading that way next week so we will see. Plan on spending a good part of holiday weekend working in studio, as I have been distracted. I did get some new work started for Larkspur and those pieces are ready to be expanded apon.
|Boston Museum of Fine Arts|
Edgar Alan Poe
|At The Commons|
|Neighborhood street Mural|
|Stuart Davis, this painting is so much better in person than a photo in a book- exquisite|
|Robin and Betty best buds from way back, Chowan College days:)|
|this is a brooch selfie K Osgood brooch pin swap (i owe her one0|
|15th year at Larkspur|
|Brevard Fathers Day|
|George and I judged a show in Rockingham, North Carolina, this was the"best in show" black and white photo, I love the horse's eye and emotion that comes through in this photo.|
|First time setting pear shaped stone, John Cogswell's stonesetting book had some helpful tips, very sparkly with star of saphire and tube set diamonds.|
|I still cant believe my orchid rebloomed, I totally left it alone, I might try the fertilizer for next year and see what it does|
|George got a painting in the June section of "Carolina's Got Art" the opening will be in charlotte the first friday of May so we will plan to go. Looks like a rather large show.|
|Ive been getting alot of new work done, I now have my pieces in the Little Art Gallery at Cameron Village.|
|Been working in the yard sporadically, finally got the other side of the fence up, Spring has been very welcome here in Raleigh.|
|this is actually the 20th anniversary of Larkspur, time flies I think I have been doing that show for probably 17 or eighteen years, there will be lots of new "In the Garden "jewelry there first weekend in June.|
|I'm still inspired by the Pullen Baptist Church Rosette|
|I see it every morning on the way to the Y|
Winter was long, glad spring is here
|Samples and work by Jessica Calderwood|
|Several days of this|
|outdoor light sculpture by Susan Cannon,|
|Demo piece from ECU Symposium by Kim Cridder|
|Two pieces from ECU Symposium that I liked,||Check out Arthur Hash Blog for a great photo documentation of the event http://theartescapeplan.blogspot.com/|
|Spring has got to be on its way|
its really was February.... Had a great time at ECU symposium this year, lost our heat for a week, put up my first official trunk show and now settling into some projected goals for 2015. Work more on selling the magic, get photos with a model, get photos on white background, make a major neckpiece, add two more shows to my year, fence the other side of yard, These seem doable. Its really cold outside, we may get a snow. planning a fall trip to Vermont. Jessica Calderwood workshop at Pullen and SNAg in Boston.......lots to sort through, better go one at a time. Got snow. 2 snow events later , and now its March.
|Pet Portraits for animal cousins Quinn and Runner, done by Keith Norval|
|Studio visit with potter friend Brad Tucker|
|Baxter and his new Christmas toy|
|New Years Eve sparkle, jeweled purse belonging to mother of the bride|
|My fav photo of bride and groom , reminds me of a Hopper painting|
|What fun ringing in the new year, with Marion :)|
|Baxter and Mitsie got the holidays going early this year by finding a box of ribbons. Glitter everywhere.They are definitely mischief makers.|
|And the Christmas cactus bloomed|
|Mary Anne K. Jenkins had a special birthday party, hosted by her two children it was good to see her. And then the shows began ...Piedmont|
|New display. I like the colorful rug with the predominately, blacks and whites. Alot of new work.|
|"Heirloom Brooch", Rhodalite garnet, 18 k and oxidized silver|
and sad, RIP, MTM Nov 25, 2014 just shy of 91.
And my cactus bloomed. We walked the beach,
It's the eve of Christmas Eve. Ive embraced the season, watched Christmas movies, filled last minute orders, drank alot of Starbucks while out shopping, spent time with friends, somehow I haven't felt as stressed out and crazy as usual, just enjoying the quiet of the night. It's raining and cold outside. Enjoying our little tree with magenta balls. Peace to all.
|this photo was a happy iphone accident, wish I could actually figure out how to make that happen|
|My constant evolving display, show season started early this year.|
Remembering the fall colors in the canyon
|Last bloom of the season, out did it self this year|
|Finally got the chicken up, I think we worked on that for at least 2 years|
This was the first time my husband George experience a SNAG conference. He had a great time touring around the art museums and biking the greenways. The gallery night took us all over the city my favorite show was in a bookstore in "uptown" the show was about art with words and featured a piece by a "jeweler I know" Adrienne Grafton. Be sure to check out her website.
the famous cherry by Claus Oldenburg at the Walker and a Frank Gerry Building "The Wiseman" at the University of Minnesota.
Needless to say we saw lots of art.
Got back to a fabulous work-
The cat mural complete this year at "Artsplosure."
|HAPPY SPRING, LOVE THIS FUNNY BUNNY|
|Sandra designing, her drawings and use of color reflect her RISD||illustration background|
Sandras' Blog shows several of her processes for cloisonne and champleve pieces at sandramcewen.blogspot.com She will be teaching a May workshop at pullen.