Thursday, March 29, 2012

Have a Glass of Water

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Coffee Mugs

My Coffee Mugs
Dressed up
Indigo, edgy, grunge, batik

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Playing with Texture

Intense, grungy
Thinking it might be fun to work into an encaustic...
Backgrounds a mix of those I created and some created by the lovely Kim Klassen

Monday, March 26, 2012

The Right and Wrong Way

A bit about integrity...

I am thrilled that every now and then one of my images speaks to someone. In some cases just to admire, bringing a smile or spark of inspiration to the beholder.

In other cases my images speak to someone for some greater purpose which leads to periodic requests to use my images - from individuals wanting to frame a piece:

Individual purchased copy to frame

to companies using my image for their signage/business cards:

Crystal Moss company licensed for business cards and signage

to on-line companies wanting to use my image for a piece on their blog:

Full Circle Farm use in blog post

and even to big time magazines wanting to use an image for an advertisement:

Martha Stewart Living request permission to use in advertisement

In fact, I just received a request from Martha Stewart Living for the potential to buy one of my images. Formal request, legal exchange of documents etc. etc. (the RIGHT WAY)

How exciting and wonderful! But how in the world did they dig up an image that I took a few years ago, imbedded into a blog post with tags that didn't even describe this particular image?

After googling around a bit... I figured it out.
I found my image posted on someone else's blog.
My image.
No request to use my image.
No credit given to me.

Do I really need to add watermarks to my images?
Doesn't everyone know that to use other people's words, images, artwork, intellectual property without their consent is stealing?
Have we become so accustomed to 'getting information for free' on the internet that we have lost sight of integrity, of common courtesy, of what is RIGHT and what is WRONG?

I would like to think better of people.

Fabulous update!
I contacted the blog author who profusely apologized. As I read through her words, it was obvious that she has high integrity, gives credit where it is due and had mistakenly left off the credit. She is updating her blog to link back to mine.

Goes to show, that most people do have integrity and good intentions.

Lesson to me - give people benefit of the doubt

What is your experience?

A New Bag of Color

In soothing sandy earthtones...

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Morning Mist

Frosty spring mornings
Hats, scarves, mittens
Shed bit by bit
As warm sun rays melt the earth

NEW! Verdigris Seed Bead Soup Collection

... and a Bead Soup to go with it!

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Value of Texture - Adding Pizazz to your Monochromatic Palette

We've all been there. Hours of work (beadweaving, painting, pulling together a room decor, or an outfit, or a collage...) But the result is dull, boring, lifeless. What's missing?

To answer this, we first need to figure out WHY it looks dull. And for most of us, this is the hardest part. If you'd like to see what I do in this situation, then come peek over my shoulder while I work my way through the steps of adding pizazz to a monochromatic palette.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

What Colors Speak to You?





Do you love saturated or pastel? Warm or cool undertones? Take a peek at the photo groupings above - which one calls to you?

Read more on my fb page: Beverly Ash Gilbert - Eye For Color

- Excerpt from Dip Into Color

Wild Pear Blossoms

A scrubby tree crowded out by older, bigger, more majestic ones
But luckily in bloom during that early March 19 years ago
Now it is the harbinger of spring
And framed by the round window tower my husband built

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Adding a bit of Sparkle

A sprinkle of 'Spring Garden' (Seed Bead Soup Collection) adds dew-drop like sparkle to the felt flower pin

Bead soups are a bead artist's equivalent of a paint palette. A glorious way to mix colors together for a result that is better than the sum of all parts.

But bead soups aren't just used for jewelry!

Read about some ideas and share yours on my facebook page:
Beverly Ash Gilbert - Eye For Color

Thursday, March 8, 2012

March 2012 Newsletter

3 new Bags of Color!

My March 2012 Newsletter is available for download and full of lots of colorful happenings:
  • a new facebook page for colorful inspiration, photos and musings
  • a soft spring palette
  • 3 new Bags of Color and the inspiration behind them
  • Call for Questions for the next Ask the Color Queens journal

Monday, March 5, 2012

Nuno Felting

'Water Garden' reversible scarf
Modeled by Roxy (my new mannikin)

Sunday, March 4, 2012


Soft Greens and Pinks of Spring
influence a Nuno Felt shawl and Flower Pin
(Cardamom and Peach Daiquiri Seed Bead Soup Collection accents)