Tree of Life: A Mosaic Bead Painting

June 27, 2019 by

 

“Tree of Life” is a photograph of a mosaic bead painting. It uses mixed media with gold coral, glass beads, and the mineral unakite on white cotton fabric. The elevation of these materials above the background produces a relief mosaic. The composition here is like that used in botanical illustration with the tree suspended in the center against a textured white background. The painting itself is temporary art, with the elements laid in flat or bunched, and unsecured, on the cotton fabric.

The wood of the tree is made of gold coral. The larger glass beads are jewel tone. The ground is made of undrilled natural chips of the unakite. The leaves are green seed beads. The white fabric is a towel.

 

Tree of Life. Bead painting by Mike Smetzer.

Tree of Life

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Photos & Photo Poems Now Available on Fine Art America

June 24, 2019 by

 

I have been focusing recently on making my artwork and poem art available on Fine Art America. These are my first four images.

 

Still Life Of A Necklace Made From Wood Squares, Glass Pearls And A Shell Feather. Necklace and photo by Mike Smetzer.

Still Life Of A Necklace Made From Wood Squares, Glass Pearls And A Shell Feather.

 

Still Life of a Necklace” is a photograph of a necklace I made for Vera several years ago. It is presented here as a still life. The central feature is a white feather made of shell. The secondary features are the square wooden beads, which are spaced with pink and burgundy glass pearls. The background is black pastel paper.

 

Poem Spirit Door Over Lapis Spiral In Bed Of Tourmaline. Poetry, Photo and Mosaic by Mike Smetzer.

Poem “Spirit Door” Over Lapis Spiral In Bed Of Tourmaline.

 

“Spirit Door” explores the feelings I had about the back door of our cottage in Missouri. The poem was first published on this blog.

“Lapis Spiral in Bed of Tourmaline” is a still-life photograph of a bead mosaic. It was created as a strung spiral of lapis lazuli beads. Around the lapis are tourmaline pebbles bunched loosely against the spiral. All the stones are natural. The lapis beads have been organized with the highest lapis content toward the center. The outer beads have other minerals such as quartz and iron pyrite and are intended as a transition to the mixed colors of the tourmaline pebbles.

 

Lapis Spiral in a Bed of Tourmaline Pebbles. Photo and mosaic by Mike Smetzer.

Lapis Spiral in a Bed of Tourmaline Pebbles.

 

 

Poem Sunday Morning, January 1, Over Marble And Serpentine Mosaic Of Cross. Poetry, photo, and mosaic by Mike Smetzer.

Poem Sunday Morning, January 1, Over Marble And Serpentine Mosaic Of Cross

 

“Sunday Morning, January 1” is a simple poem set in a kitchen where the speaker is looking out the window while having breakfast and listening to hymns on the radio. It was first published in Mostly Maine.

The visual background is a wall-like mosaic of green/black serpentine rectangles surrounding a cross of brown marble rectangles that have lines like wood. All stones are natural.

Lapis Spiral in a Bed of Tourmaline Pebbles

June 3, 2019 by

 

Lapis Spiral in a Bed of Tourmaline Pebbles. Photo by Mike Smetzer.

Lapis Spiral in a Bed of Tourmaline Pebbles.

 

Stringing and mosaic. All the beads are natural rather than dyed.

The lapis lazuli beads spiral out from pure lapis near the center to lapis with obvious inclusions in the middle to beads that are mostly inclusions with a little bit of lapis mixed in. The outer beads have a corduroy blue color rather than a rich lapis blue, but they also have some pleasant iron pyrite sparkle. Despite their limitations as gemstones,  the outer beads are visually interesting, especially as a transition to the tourmaline pebbles.

The tourmaline pebbles are small-to-large in size. Although drilled for stringing, they are bunched loosely here.

Asymmetric Eternal Knot with Pearls & Citrines

May 27, 2019 by

 

Like my last piece, this is combination of stringing and mosaic. The strung beads are peach-colored freshwater pearls. The tumbled nuggets are heated citrines. The arrangement is an asymmetric version of the eternal or endless knot.

 

Asymmetric eternal knot with pearls and citrines. Beadwork by Mike Smetzer.

Asymmetric eternal knot with pearls and citrines.

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Eternal or Endless Knot Mosaic with Labradorite

May 24, 2019 by

 

This is my version of the eternal or endless knot. It is a combination of stringing and mosaic. The strung beads showing schiller are labradorite rondelles. The flat squares are white calcite (N), and the flat circles and ovals are shell.

 

Eternal Knot with Labradorite, calcite & shell. Bead mosaic by Mike Smetzer.

Eternal knot with labradorite, calcite & shell.

 

Necklace with Woven Heart Pendant

February 20, 2019 by

 

After a technology delay with a new camera, I have a post ready today on the first of two necklaces I made for Vera for Valentine’s Day. This one is something cool. The other necklace is something warm.

It has been awhile since I made any jewelry, but the ideas are stacked up quite literally on my shelves.

While stringing beads is less complicated than creating mosaics or writing, finding the right combination for a jewelry design is interesting and challenging, and sometimes surprising. It is a relaxing counterpoint to my other activities.

 

Necklace with Woven Heart Pendant. Beadwork by Mike Smetzer.

Necklace with Woven Heart Pendant.

 

Detail from Necklace with Woven Heart Pendant. Beadwork by Mike Smetzer.

Detail from Necklace with Woven Heart Pendant.

 

Technical Discussion

This necklace features a pendant finding with four interwoven hearts of nickel-plated pewter and an attached bail. It is inset with small clear gemstones of cubic zirconia. The necklace also features faceted glass teardrops, which are transparent aqua blue in color.

The featured elements are supported by clear faceted Asfour Crystal beads (30% lead). Platinum-plated crimp beads are used in place of a clasp as the length of 27 inches is long enough to slip easily over the head. Because of the difficulty of polishing small elements, I have given up using any actual silver for a new-silver color in most applications. The exception would be Argentium Sterling, if the price comes down or I become rich.

Blonde with Fingers: A New Free Kindle Book

January 20, 2019 by

Blonde with Fingers: Poems of Love and Joy with Art Photography of Original Necklaces is now available on Kindle. This new book presents sixteen short poems. They make me happy and I hope you will enjoy them.

The text is supported by art photographs of necklaces I made. These photographs present the necklaces as still lifes rather than as fashion accessories.

Like the other books I have published on Kindle, this new book is listed at the minimum price of 99¢.

If anyone is interested, Blonde with Fingers and my six previous books are all available free, Sunday & Monday, January 20 & 21.

You do not need a Kindle device. The book can be read on a PC, Mac or phone. This book can be reached by clicking on the image below or with my earlier books on

my Author Page: http://amazon.com/author/mikesmetzer

 

Blonde with Fingers cover - Mike Smetzer

Walking Among the Waves: A New Free Kindle Book

January 13, 2019 by

Walking Among the Waves: Three Short Stories from Everyday Life is now available on Kindle. This new book features three short stories set in South Portland, Maine. The foreword is an essay on signs. The text is supported by bead mosaics from eight bracelets and a loom-framed wall hanging. Like the other books I have published on Kindle, this new book is listed at the minimum price of 99¢. 

If anyone is interested, Walking Among the Waves is available free, Sunday & Monday, January 13 & 14.

You do not need a Kindle device. The book can be read on a PC, Mac or phone. This book can be reached by clicking on the image below or with my earlier books on

my Author Page: http://amazon.com/author/mikesmetzer

 

front cover - Walking Among the Waves by Mike Smetzer

Judgment Comes: A New Free Kindle Book

December 16, 2018 by

JUDGMENT COMES: Poetry from Many Lives with Original Beadwork is now available on Kindle. This is a book of serious poetry about people living their lives, and sometimes where those lives have led them. Like the books I published earlier this year, this new book is listed at Kindle’s minimum price of 99¢. If anyone is interested, all five books are available free, Sunday & Monday, December 16 & 17.

JUDGMENT COMES consists of twenty-four poems supported by photographs of seven bead “paintings” that were created on a loom and framed using wooden hoops wrapped in leather. Some of the poems are recent. Others were published in earlier versions in Cottonwood, Chants, Hanging Loose, Kansas Quarterly, Mostly Maine, New Letters, Poetry Now, West Branch, and Wind.

You do not need a Kindle device. The book can be read on a PC, Mac or phone. This book can be reached by clicking on the image below or with my earlier books on

my Author Page: http://amazon.com/author/mikesmetzer

 

Judgment Comes cover

 

 

Little Thoughts: Heaven Was Very Nice

November 26, 2018 by

When I came back from lunch, one of my coworkers demanded to know where I had been for the last half hour. I told him I was raptured into heaven. But when I got there, God said, “Oh wait, this is the wrong Mike Smetzer.” So, I continued, “I had to come back to the store and work with you. But my half hour away in heaven was very nice.” Now my coworker won’t talk to me. All in all, a good day.