Pearls of Wisdom
At a recent show it wasn’t my painting, or cards, or frames, or even the magnets that got the most attention…
It was my little Pearls Of Wisdom.
Sure, they seemed to like all my other items, and were interested in learning how I created them, what my inspiration was, and how long it takes to make them…
But these little guys stole the show.
So what are they? A little side project of mine.
They start off as pistachio shells. I’ve been embedding them in some of my newer paintings and therefore have a lot of them lying around my studio.
I also started embedding aluminum foil and, if you’re familiar with my work, have a lot of words cut out from magazines and junk mail that I’ve used in my Word Paintings. (Though the words needed to be smaller, so I dissected an old copy of Stephen Covey’s Seven Habits of Highly Effective People.)
Put them all together and this is what you get.
I can see you’re still bewildered. Why would someone put all those together and come up with this? Even if its kinda cool looking- Why???
Because I wanted a little something to give to people who visit me at my upcoming shows and events. In the past I’ve given out pencils and chocolates- but I wanted something a little more special and personal.
This is one of those ideas that came to me as I was running, when creative thoughts seem to bubble up from nowhere. My rumination was, What little thing can I give others to show my gratitude for their support and encouragement?
Somewhere around mile 3 this idea popped into my head. I couldn’t rest until I created a prototype- and once I started, I couldn’t stop!