Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Happy Birthday Mike!

Well, Mike's birthday has rolled around once again... Happy Birthday! He's a whopping *7 years old today! No, he won't let me put the first part of his age up, sorry. :0)

I'll be listing items tomorrow in the first theme week for the SFA group. The theme isn't really a theme, but a size. All 5 x 7 inch works are the theme to get us started this week. Small Format Art is great if you like wonderful works of art that will fit any lifestyle or budget. Please check it out by typing in "SFA theme week" in the eBay search box. The starting bid on all SFA theme week works is only $9.99!

Just think, you can own an original piece of art by a living artist! If you think you know nothing about art, well neither do most artists! They do what they love. Don't be intimidated by venturing into the world of art purchasing! You can't go wrong picking out something you love. That's what counts....


Monday, February 27, 2006

Beads, beads and more beads!

Here are a few of the sets available on our gallery site. Feel free to drop in and take a look.

Mike made the yellow beads... He's called them "Canary Queen" and he's also got a red set called "Cardinal Queen" They would fabulous together!

The wee ones on the right side were something I was having a little fun with. Look for "Urchin" in the lampwork bead section of the gallery. I'm having so much fun with these little beads! It's a constant challenge to see how much detail you can fit on there. Now if only I could find smaller mandrels that could take the heat of the torch....


Sunday, February 26, 2006

New beads!

We've put up a few sets of new beads on the gallery site... Mike's been really fond of reds and yellows of late so I'm hoping that y'all are itching for some strong colors.

I've been busy painting the house, but I'm hoping to get some torch time at some point. I'm also hoping to get a little painting time that doesn't include the bathroom walls! :0) I've managed to dig up my Prismacolor pencils, so I might do a few ACEO's in them.

I look forward to getting back in the "art saddle" again after my little break!


Friday, February 24, 2006

Gallery Troubles

Well, it seems that having a clickable link at the bottom of my gallery pages is playing Mary Hobb with my images showing up correctly. If you click on a link and you only get the email, please try clicking it again.

I'll be taking the clickable email down, as I would rather you could see our work than our email address! I'm sorry if you've tried to view a piece and were unable to!


New Beads!

Mike's been busy at the torch the last few days and I've put up photo's on the gallery site. Feel free to browse. I'll be listing these on eBay sometime in the next week.

I think this is my favorite set here...


Monday, February 20, 2006

Purple Tide

Here's one of the next sets going up tomorrow. I used that lovely "evil" purple... I can't tell you how much I adore that color. We'll be putting this up for 5 day auction tomorrow afternoon, but if you don't want to wait you can have it now for $21.00 by emailing me before I list.

We've also got a large lot of lovely blue's available on our gallery site... I'm thinking I'll put one of those sets up tomorrow also.


Saturday, February 18, 2006


Well, Mike was in a yellow kinda mood this week and we've gotten some Fiesta Beadz up for auction. Check out our eBay link to the right side of the page!

In the process of doing a few commissions Mike made a ton of blue beads... Quite lovely in periwinkles and cobalts.... I've listed those on our Gallery site for anyone interested.

I've just joined the Esty site... It's a lovely place to find handcrafted items of all kinds! I really like it there and I'm looking forward to a long stay.


Thursday, February 16, 2006

One day auctions now up!

I've listed a few sets of Mike's today as one day auctions. These sets include various color beads as I couldn't entice him into making any pairs. Please visit our eBay auctions to see the new listings!


Wednesday, February 15, 2006

New beads!

I finally got some torch time this week and made a few sets up. I was in something of a black and white mood, so I've got two sets of those. I decided to add a few pieces of my extra beads that have been floating around for a bit... Amber and Garnet on one set and a couple of glass pearls on the other.

These sets will be listed tonight, so if you want to get them before they go up, now's the time! Check out our gallery site for photo's!

I'll have a few more sets of Mike's up before to much longer... They're almost done bakin' in the kiln... He's been quite busy with commissions these last few weeks. We love commissions so keep 'em coming!


Monday, February 13, 2006

The Dance

Here's a new ACEO that I'll be listing on eBay tomorrow. It's called "The Dance"... I've been doing these figures for about 15 years now, but this is the first one in paint. I usually reserve these forms for inks or colored pencil.

This is painted on 140# (300 gsm) watercolor paper and mounted on acid free matte board. It was painted with gouache and is the standard 2.5 x 3.5 inches.

For those of you who don't know what gouache is, it's a wonderful form of opaque watercolor. I've grown quite fond of it for it's portability. My pallete will fit in my purse with precut ACEO cards and I can paint anywhere!


Saturday, February 11, 2006

Mike at the torch

I caught Mike at the torch today with the camera. He wasn't very pleased with me for using the flash, but I finally got photo's of him at the torch!

I'm hoping he doesn't try to return the favor! :0)


Thursday, February 09, 2006

New items available

I've managed to get a few more pieces listed on eBay for those of you interested in our beads and ACEOs. We've started putting together beads sets for St. Patty's day, so I hope you enjoy them!

I've also listed a new ACEO... Confetti is now available for bidding on eBay! I hope you enjoy it!


Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Beads/ACEO's Listed!

We've gotten 3 sets of beads up and running on eBay right now for your bidding pleasure! I've also listed "Seaset" for those interested in the ACEO's. I'm in the process of putting the finishing touches on 2 series that will be available soon...

The "Plots" series is a 4x4 inch "Art Squared" series of 6 should be listed once I get the varnish applied.

The "Emote" series is 2.5 x 3.5 inch standard for ACEO. This is a series of 9 which also needs a coat of varnish.

Both "Plots" and "Emote" are abstract acrylic series done on acid free acrylic paper and mounted on acid free matte board with acid free mounting adhesive. I only use archival quality surfaces and professional paints for my art.

I'll post photos before the varnish is applied.


Sunday, February 05, 2006

New beads up/ACEO's available

Mike's been a busy boy this week... I've got new beads listed on our gallery site for those interested on what will be going up this week on eBay. 3 sets in all scheduled for Tuesday at this time. Of course, y'all get first crack at them.

If I had my way "Lemon Zest" and "Rememberance" would be staying here. Oh, well... I hope they go to good homes, because Mike won't let me keep them! You lucky bidders, you!

After many, many requests we've changed some of the info available on our bead auctions. We're now listing mandrel size and Artist along with strand length and bead sizes. I hope this helps out all you jeweler's who requested it!

We're now making ACEO's available on eBay. I've got "Half-Hearted" listed right now, so if you're interested feel free to wander on over to our eBay pages and take a look.


Friday, February 03, 2006


It looks like it will take a little while to get a photo of my recent weaving up. The supports I bought need some work before I can mount it. I'm really pleased with the way it turned out. I can't wait to get it off the loom.

I'm ready to move on to a new piece and I've gotten all the fibers ready for it. The copper supports need to be polished, pierced and varnished before I can begin mounting though. I might skip the piercing for this piece...

Raw silk is not fun to mess with and I'd hate for anything to happen to it while I'm mounting. Let's just say that if you like purple, you might like this piece!


Midnight Drive

Here's a little Midnight Drive that I was talking about earlier. It's acrylic paint on 5 x 7 canvas panel. If you'd like to see more of this series, please visit our gallery.

I'm having a lot more fun with this series than I thought I would. Who knew that painting on black could be so much fun?

Thursday, February 02, 2006

More Beads

Mike just finished putting together a beautiful set of lemon yellow beads. I'm so tempted to keep these for myself! They're just yummy! I'll have photo's up on the gallery site before the end of the day.

I've also gotten a new painting done in the "Midnight" series. Photo's will be posted soon!


Wednesday, February 01, 2006


Here's another original ACEO I've finished. It's gouache on 140# (300gsm) watercolor paper mounted on matte board... This little 2.5 x 3.5 inch painting is ready to go to a good home... All materials for all ACEO's are archival quality. Email me if you're interested!

I'm in the process of starting a series of ACEO's and I'm having a blast with them. Check back for series updates!


Weavings and more

I finally got over to pick up the supports for the weaving I did not to long ago... It should be ready before much longer. I'll post photo's once I've gotten it attached.

Mike and I have had company the last few days. We really haven't had time to get anything finished and up on the site. Speaking of the site... We've finally gotten a holding page up so www.bluespiderarts.com is now up and running, although it's a little shy on content at the moment.

Please bear with us while we get a site design together!