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Red Mountain
Mountainesque Series
Photo Credit ~ Daniel Krucoff

Another in my Mountainesque Series.  You know me, I see scenes in the stones. This stone is a beautiful, vibrant red jasper.  Another that I purchased from Gary B Wilson.

I designed this one in that moment of creative flow I experienced in January.  It was a very exhilarating.  Picking up one stone after another and just sketching away.  Sometimes it felt hard to keep up with all the imagery.  Do any of you experience that when you are in that zen moment of the creative zone?

To the left side of the stone, I see a side profile of a snow capped mountain.  It almost reminds me of some of those exquisite Japanese paintings of mountains.  A bit old fashioned.  Looking into the past.  I can assure you that the red in the stone is as rich and lush as the photo shows.  It truly is striking.  With all that red, it seemed that Red Mountain is the right title for this piece.

The surrounding sterling backplate has the ebb and flow of mountains to compliment the one I see in this stone.  I oxidized the sterling and polished all the little silver balls so they could stand out from the rest of the sterling.  If you look closely, you will see that this time I added a few holes to accompany the silver balls.

I’m continuing to work on this series, along with another series that is more in the Arts & Crafts style.  I hope to debut a few of those new pieces in another week or two.

Until next time, aspire to be more as an artist and a person.




Another question from the Blog-o-Sphere Think Tank.  What is one of your best childhood memories?  Pretty intriguing, isn’t it?  I’m curious about how all of you would respond to this one.  I am torn between a couple of answers, like my first BIG sled on Christmas, my Dad being ever so quick to pull out a bee stinger and slap mud on the sting area, my Mom taking me to Chicago to see the Ice Capades, the day I got my first puppy, but I think one of my best childhood memories was the day my Dad taught me how to ride my first bicycle.

It seemed like my parents didn’t believe in training wheels and I am grateful for that because it really was easy to ride my first ‘two wheeler’ thanks to my Dad.

My first bicycle was used, but she sure was a beauty to me because she was mine.  This bike was one that must have been a hand me down for many kids.  I called her Big Blue.  She had been spray painted many times and when she became mine, she was this sort of rich dark royal blue.  She had super wide tires that lent themselves to a very comfortable ride.  I felt pure joy.

With much anticipation, I looked forward to learning how to balance on Big Blue and all the adventures we would share.  The anticipation of what our future rides would be was thrilling.

Dad & I were in front of our house and he explained how this learning how to ride a bicycle would work.  He got me up on the saddle.  He firmly gripped the handle bars and the back of the seat.  I knew I was safe.  We were on the sidewalk in front of our driveway.  Dad explained he would run along side of me, holding on, so I could gather some speed.  All I had to do was peddle, well I already knew how to peddle and I really didn’t have any fear.  We took off, made it past our property and then he let go and I was riding.  I was giddy.  I turned around to look and see where he was and he was smiling, that big broad smile of his, with all the warmth, love, and pride he had in his little girl.  She was riding her first bicycle and on her first try!  I fondly remember that day.  It was one of the best feelings from my childhood.

Please visit the rest of my compadres with March’s Blog-O-Sphere posts and see what their best childhood memories are.  The participants are:

Andes Cruz:

Laura Flavin:

Wendy Kelly:

Stephanie Nocito Clark

Brad Severtson:

Andrea Bell:

Natsuko Hanks:

Shaun Young

Pal Gooz

Beth Cyr

Until next time, aspire to be more as an artist and a person.

Keep Your Eyes on the Horizon
Mountainesque Series
Photo Credit ~ Daniel Krucoff

As 2011 began, I embarked on a new path to self discovery thanks to my dear sister and mentor Lexi Erickson, along with my own willingness to start this personal exploration. I suppose that my sound a bit funny or odd to some. However, one of my beliefs is that we must continue to grow and develop as a person throughout our lives. The last thing I want is to become stagnant or stuck in my ways. Thanks to Lexi, I started to read Simple Abundance by Sarah Ban Breathnach. I mentioned this in my last post of 2010.

The book Simple Abundance is comprised of a set of daily readings.  As with most of these types of books, some days really speak to me, others not so much.  The passage on February 24 really hit home.  Sarah writes:

“Set the sails.  Pull anchor.  Cast away.  Feel the wind at your back. Keep your eyes on the horizon.

Or stay on shore.

But choose.”

Well, I chose and my choice is the keep my eyes on the horizon, which is how I came up with the title for this piece in my Mountainesque Series.  It comes from what I see in the stone again.  A distant horizon.  Promise and hope await as it draws near.

The stone is a red jasper.  It actually is one that Lexi had in her collection and decided to sell.  I’m glad she did, it had been one of my favorites ever since she showed it to me.  Originally she had acquired it from one of our favorite stone cutters, Gary B Wilson.

Set in sterling silver and oxidized.  More mountain shapes surround this piece with a few tiny silver ball accents.

May you too be looking toward that horizon and making positive changes in your life.

Until next time, aspire to be more as an artist and a person.

Climb Every Mountain
Mountainesque Series
Photo Credit ~ Daniel Krucoff

Life has its challenges, doesn’t it? I think I’ve been fortunate because I believe I learn and grow from these challenges as they are presented.

For me, this piece symbolizes the challenges that life presents and with all the mountain shapes in this one, I just felt it echoed the challenge to “Climb Every Mountain“. Maybe a bit of the Sound of Music is resonating with me too.  Yet, I think that mountains, in all their rugged beauty, beckon us and present challenges for those adventurous to dare.  If we are honest with ourselves, isn’t that part of what life is all about?  The challenges and how we respond to them?  Can you tell I think there is A LOT of symbolism in this piece?

The stone is another beautiful Sonoran Sunrise I acquired from Gary B Wilson.  It is set in sterling silver that I’ve oxidized to create additional depth.

I wish I could report that I have achieved my February goal of completing 25 pieces in my Mountainesque Series, however, I do have 10 completed pieces.  You see, February had a few challenges in it for me and sometimes ya just gotta roll with it.

To my way of thinking, I have 10 pieces done and more in my sketch book.  I will continue to debut them here.  Stay tuned, I think there are some real beauties in this series.

Hope you enjoyed reading about the symbolism of this piece.  Do any of you have any work that symbolizes something so strongly for you?  I know some of you definitely have those pieces in your body of work.  I’d love to know your thoughts.

Until next time, aspire to be more as an artist and a person.

Kathleen Krucoff

Artist and Metalsmith

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