Monday, August 13, 2007

More lessons learned, more to learn

July’s BJP provided several interesting lessons for me. Some I learned better than others. I think it is finished but then again it may not be. I still want to do something in the sky, but I am not sure anything more is needed. That seems to be a sign to stop.

My first page was completely covered in beads. This one I chose fabric to be part of the design. I used clear beads with colored thread for the seven colors of the rainbow. Cody had his seventh birthday in the seventh month of the seventh year of the 21st century. Cody is an all black dog. It was difficult to show any real detail with beads. I used matt black beads to outline him and to line a few details as his mouth and the curve of his back leg. He has a silver lined brown bead for his eye. His ears are two layers of beads. His favorite red ball is at his feet. He is looking up at the Rainbow bridge where all of his furry friends are waiting. I wanted to represent some of the wonderful dogs and cats I know waiting at the Rainbow Bridge. I just could not figure out a good way to do it. I still have a few ideas that might work out, but for now I am moving on to August.

I thought you might like to see how Cody deals with summer heat. We have a wading pool in the backyard. He likes to step in get a drink and then lay down. He will stick his muzzle under water and blow bubbles with his nose. He has asked Santa for a full sized pool.




Here is a close up of Cody blowing bubbles. Just as it is not easy to bead an all black dog, getting a good picture of one is hard, too.

15 comments:

The Lone Beader said...

Awwww.... I love what you did here! And, the sky is perfect. It is good practice to listen to what the beads tell you=:)

Brenda said...

It is a marvelous piece. You did such a good job with beading a black dog.
The photos of Cody make me smile. My dog does the same thing. She is also all black with white spots on her nose, it helps me find her when it is dark.

coral-seas said...

You did a great job. The direction of the beading show the details perfectly well.

CA

Sunni said...

I think it is wonderful,
My mom had a black lap years and years ago named Beauty, she looked just like Cody here. You did such an awesome job of capturing Cody in beads, and I am sure that was no easy thing to do.

Sunni

Grace said...

Oh... this is precious, the beading beautiful!

KV said...

This is wonderful!!!


Kathy V in NM

Pearl said...

Cody is so cute...in beads and real life. My lab is just the best dog. Full of love.

a2susan said...

What a marvelous representation of Cody. Your idea to bead the rainbow using clear beads and color threads is one I will want to remember.

Sacredartist said...

Wonderful page about a wonderful dog that loves to blow bubbles. I love it.

Mary Timme said...

I think this is too great! I love that he breathes out bubbles. Too funny! My friend has a Golden that swims in the pool so much she has trouble getting out from exhaustion. All summer it is pool, Mom, Pool! All the other seasons it is: Throw the ball, throw the ball!

Lillian said...

I love how you did the rainbow! And Cody sitting among beautiful flowers with his favorite red ball-how fun! Thanks for sharing how you accomplished this, Lillian :o)

Judi D said...

What a super page. You did an awesome peice of art here.

Kiwi Ellen said...

I love your picture & Your black lab reminds me of a dog I had years back. They are beautiful natured dogs, aren't they?

freebird said...

Your page turned out really great. All the detail shows up very well on beaded Cody showing how important it is to get the direction of the beads just right. I have two dogs who love their little pool too. It sprang a leak late in the season so they need a new one next year too. With 100+ degrees during the summer, they can't play ball without having the pool to cool off in.

Nancy K. said...

I love your page. Cody looks great, you can really see him with the way you did the beading. And that is a great idea about the rainbow. Thanks for sharing how you did that.

I love your August page too and the flowers and critter pictures.