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The Spirit Beckons
Veracity
Photo Credit ~ Daniel Krucoff

On this quiet Sunday morning, I find myself reflecting on the events of the past few weeks.  The shows, talking with supporters of the arts, discussing art with fellow artists, the solicitations to participate in future shows, preparations for Jewelry at the Gardens, quiet time with Dan & the bassets….good stuff.

This morning I finally got back to reading The Simple Abundance and this quote struck me:

Expect your every need to be met, expect the answer to every problem, expect abundance on every level, expect to grow spiritually.” ~ Eileen Caddy

Managing expectations is very important.  I find it keeps life on an even keel.  My preference to to remain calm, centered.  Managing ones expectations contributes to staying focused….at least it does for me.

I thought this new piece from Veracity is a nice compliment to my reflective mood this morning.  I call it The Spirit Beckons because of the spirit figure I see in this stone….as if a long, feathery arm is stretching out, beckoning one to come and follow.  It’s a positive sign.  I also see a shadowy mountain in the background of the landscape within this stone.  The stone, Porcelain Jasper, from Ken Brittain of Rogue Gems.   I discovered Ken’s work this year and I have become a fan.

Continuing to use copper as an accent in my work, as I find copper adds warmth and brings a certain depth to a piece.  In this pendant, I think the copper and sterling combination definitely accentuate the hues in the stone colorations.

Time for me to head back to my bench and get to work.

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

Can you believe it’s September?  Next weekend is the Castle Rock Art Festival in downtown Castle Rock, Colorado. This will be my first big fine art festival. Lexi generously offered to share her booth with me if we both got juried into the show. Well, Lexi has done the show for the past two years and I had no doubt she would be juried back into the show this year.  She was. Lexi’s first year in the show she won Best Fine Crafts. I was less than confident about being accepted into the Artfest, but I submitted photos of my latest works, the Mouontainesque Series, and ponied up…holding my breath….  To my delight and surprise, I received the acceptance notice back in May. There was that feeling of euphoria knowing that my work made it into this show and to be able to do this show with Lexi will be a real joy.

There are lots of wonderful artists doing this show.  To see the complete list, check the Artfest site here.  Lexi & I will be in booth number 152.  I will finally meet one of Lexi’s dear friends, Mary Sharp-Davis, whose booth will be next to ours.  I have seen Mary’s work and it is just stunning.  Her work encompasses ceramics and jewelry.  I can’t wait.

Then there’s our friend Julie Jerman-Melka, another gifted and talented metalsmith, with her beautiful river stone and raw diamond pieces.  You can find Julie at booth #98.

Lexi will have more of her delightful Shamans inspired by her work as an archeologist.  I gotta tell you, these guys truly define art jewelry in my mind.

I have two more new series that I will be debuting at this show.  Veracity and another that I have called Elements.  The show runs from 9 AM – 6 PM on Saturday the 10th, and on Sunday the 11th, the hours are from 9 AM – 5 PM.

One of the many things I enjoy about this show, having been an attendee in previous years, is how well-organized it is.  There’s plenty of parking at the Douglas County Fairgrounds and the city runs complimentary bus shuttles to the event location on a fairly regular basis.  Admission is only $5.  There’s something for everyone.

One of the biggest ‘hazards‘ that I find at a show of this caliber is I’m going to be so tempted to buy from a number of the talented artists that will be there.  🙂

Let’s hope that our Colorado weather will be wonderful rather than filled with surprises.  If you live in the area, I hope you will stop by.

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


A New Day
Veracity Series
Photo Credit – Daniel Krucoff

This is the first of many in my new Veracity Series.  Currently, they involve working with heart shapes, but I can see this moving to other stone shapes and no stones at all….just metal.  There is something to be said about just working with metal!

As I worked on exploring several new series, I entered into a dark period that I think many artists….seeking growth….encounter.  It’s dismal.  There were two people supporting me and giving me wings to experience this growth.  Dan and Lexi.  I wouldn’t be at this point if it wasn’t for both of them with their special gifts.  Thank you.

I thought of a number of names for this series…”Fiercely Wild“, “Fierce and Wild“, “Untamed Hearts“, “Courageous“.  As I sat down to write this post, Veracity came to me.  This series represents strength, hope, courage, a willingness to grow and explore.  The shape reminds me of a wild horse’s mane or someone with that wild mane of hair.  While the name of this series is not set in stone yet, I would welcome your thoughts, impressions and suggestions.  The name of the series feels right to me, but I am curious about your thoughts.

So how did I get here?  Well, Lexi’s mentor is Harold O’Connor and Lexi is my mentor.  They have discussions about art vs craft (among other things) and that generates similar discussions between Lexi and me.  I don’t just want to do craft, that is follow the shape of the stone for a design.  Yes, this one sort of mimics the stone, but that was not my intent; it’s not a true heart shape that follows the shape of the stone.  It’s funny, I never really considered myself a heart person, but these hearts that I have from Gary B Wilson really draw me in.  I have a number of these and I didn’t want to come up with some cutesy design to mimic the heart shape.

As I started to emerge from the darkness of the block, this was not my first design.  That new series of designs will come in future posts and I will wet your appetite with a comment that they are just metal…simple, clean and in my opinion intriguing.

Several days after the break through, Veracity started to flow.  It was just like Mountainesque as far as the channeling and the pen having a mind of its own as I drew the designs.  A New Day was not the first design in the drawings, but it was the first one I decided to make.

I find I am having a love affair with copper and sterling.  Ever since Arts & Crafts Impressions, I have developed a new appreciation for the warmth and richness of copper and sterling combinations.  A New Day did not let me down in that regard.

The stone is Willow Creek Jasper, purchased from Gary B Wilson in April of this year.  I can feel how drawn I am to these stones now…the delicate pastels.  They are beautiful and I think they will remain in my palette.  Of course, I see wonderful scenery in this stone; clouds, a beautiful valley with a river running along the right side of it.  I thought copper was the perfect color accent for this stone.  The silver back plate is meant to accentuate the copper and the stone.  I have oxidized them and sanded the copper so it is bright and pops.  I think that as the copper ages, the color it will assume will also provide an excellent backdrop for this piece.

There are at least another 15 designs in the ‘book‘ so expect to see more of these as I continue to work on this series.

My heartfelt thanks to Dan for his encouragement, support and love during those dark days of the block.  And also my deepest thanks to my sister, Lexi, for all of her nurturing through my dark period too.  You will hear about my break through in a future post where that other series will be unveiled.

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

Kathleen Krucoff


Artist and Metalsmith

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