This piece is called 'Oklahoma II!' since the first design (an
original) was created and sold by me several months ago. Needless to
say, farm designs continue to be on my mind and the muse has remained
the same (the musical), though the design is different. Most every
morning, during the school year, I sing 'Oh, What a Beautiful Morning'
to my children on our short drive to their elementary school. We pass a
rural property with a handsome rooster and several hens and a charming
goat family. I am reminded time and again of the musical, 'Oklahoma!'
Even now, just having returned from 20 days on a thickly forested
island in British Columbia, with white soft, sandy beaches, you would
find me swimming out in the calm water each day, singing 'Oh, what a
Beautiful Morning.' Thankfully all our island neighbors have known me
for nearly 5 decades and they understand my colorful soul.
The splendid red encased daisy lampwork beads are of course, by
esteemed lampwork artist, Catherine Steele. Each daisy lentil is
couched in elegant sterling Bali beadcaps, adding that vintage look and
feel somehow reminscent of the American farm culture. I combine the
daisy lentils with smaller white, etched lentils by another glass
artist. They are perfect complements to each other as they create the
farm scene I was so eager to create in a sculptural design. 'Oklahoma!'
Central to the piece are the three sterling charms - a wheelbarrow, a
corn cob and a fine, fine rooster. You will also find gorgeous red
yellow by published clay artist, D. Jean Vainio and lampwork 3-D
flowers in white & yellow by Heather of Bead Intrigue along with
some of her green leaves. There are lampwork beads galore in
'Oklahoma!' Swarovski cubes and bicones and rondelles add sparkle and
shine. Apple red chalcedony briolettes add some glamour along with
stunning Moonstone, lustrous freshwater Coin Pearls, luminous Lolite
& clear, triad crystals. An ornate Bali toggle completes
'Oklahoma!' which measures a tad over 7.5 inches and can be resized
either way for no additional charge.
As with all of my designs, this is a one of a kind sculpture in beads. You won't see another like it!
I leave you with a short piece of that wonderful show tune from 'Oklahoma!'
'There's a bright, golden haze on the meadow
There's a bright, golden haze on the meadow.
The corn is as high as an elephant's eye
And it looks like it's climbing clear up to the sky.
Oh, what a beautiful Mornin'
Oh, what a beautiful day.
I've got a beautiful feelin'
Everything's goin' my way.'
Note that all my photos are taken in natural lighting. I tend to wait
until the late afternoon when I can capture the depth and texture of
the piece and the individual shine and angles of each bead. I did
include a few shots of the piece in full sunlight in order to capture
the elegant sparkle of the piece.