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Did I happen to mention that I LOVE trees? I'm still making trees inside the studio!
I know many folks get a bit gloomy when the leaves fall off the trees. Such is not the case with me. In my eyes, when the leaves drop, the trees are in their most glorious state. In their nakedness I see them as truly beautiful, revealing layers of branches reaching for the sun and stars. They truly make me happy!
I'm often found looking up, taking photographs. I'd thought I'd share some of my favorite photos with you.
This is one my favorite inspiration trees. Sadly it has been loosing limbs over the last few years.
I'm not alone in my love of trees. I recently found out about a woman who has traveled the world photographing trees. Beth Moon is a photographer who has published a book, Ancient Trees: Portraits of Time. A book I will have to buy!
These are the beads inspired by the photos I've shared with you. The glass as a canvas and I feel like I'm painting the trees on. These are fun to make. I look forward to carving out more time at the torch to create more of these beads.
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Have you found something that has fired you up this New Year? Perhaps a color, as Rebecca shared in her last Amuse the Muse post or maybe the ABS January challenge has inspired you.
What's got your gears spinning? Oohh....gears...now I'm thinking.
Ema Kilroy is a lampworker and metalsmith living and working in Central Massachusetts.