Sometimes I randomly surf the Web for inspiring images. Often I start with a word or concept and just see what’s out there. Free association on the word “clouds” led me to think about spills, pools, orbs, fractals, and beads.
An image search for ideas relating to beads led me to:
- Google Images: “beads“
- Google Images searches for “Lampworking AND Beads“, “art AND glass“, “fused AND glass.”
- Flickr images that came up: ” lampwork beads“
There are beautiful lampwork bead pictures on the Web. The luminous rich colors of the layered glass contrasts with dots, spirals and free form marks on the surfaces. It would be possible to be lured into yet another artisan endeavor!
What is really facinating is the similarities to painting with encaustics. Similarly, layers of color, texture and pattern are floated between layers of medium, with additional work finishing the top surface.
After harvesting ideas (saving interesting links to my bookmarks as source material) I make original color sketchs based on related design elements. Hopefully, some of these drawings will be worth making into paintings.