This morning...when John and the cats were still sleeping, I got up early and finished up the last piece in the 'Bee Mine' series for February 2015.
'Finishing' a series is weird. Sometimes I don't want to stop, I feel like I just started to get into in, to figure something out. Sometimes I am ready because I want a change. Sometimes I tell myself, I am going to go back and more in this series at a later date.
With this series, all of this is true. I really enjoyed the imagery and the recurring motif of the heart, bee and the overall colors...Valentine's Day pinks and reds...bumble bee black and yellows...peeps of bright blues...and the various yummy shades of deep chocolate skin tones. The hair...the natural hair that I think is so beautiful- I had fun playing and even venturing off into some other styles, short cropped styles, a fun up 'do and some glamorous dreads. And then there was the embellishments...beads, jewels, scraps of fabric, glitter, gel pins, puff paints...I'll tell you one thing- putting everything back will be quite a chore! ('cause you KNOW it is all color coded, every last bead.... #OCPDartist)
And I love this series, I love these girls...Jewel, the star of the show (who I first introduced in my Miss Matchy Matchy series)...'Lady K' who was inspired by an awesome fiber artist friend...my tribute piece to Lupita Nyong'o, who is probably one of the most beautiful people EVER....and another piece inspired by the 'controversial' dreads of Zendaya Coleman at the 2015 Oscars....I love them. When I look at the series it makes me smile.
And finally, the Queen Bee...and if she could talk she would say it's good to be queen, and that every woman is a queen, regardless of your hair or you skin or your body type...you possess beauty...and you have value...so don't forget that.
Years back I heard this song by India Arie and it really touched my soul, and it is what I want this series to celebrate in some form, that sense of beauty and love. So I created a slideshow of the work with this song...click below to view the show and find out what the song is :)
Now that the series is done, I'm gonna take a break.
Haha, no way! I have a piece I want to create for a show down south...something else up my sleeve (related to the Bee Mine series!) AND...I already know what my theme is for next month...just gotta figure out the media...more on all of this tomorrow...with sneak peeks on social media, of course!
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