Follow My Heart Studio is about freedom. The freedom to choose what to create and in what medium. As an artist I have heard it said that the only way to be taken seriously is to pick a style of art and a subject matter and stick with it for the rest of my life. I can't imagine doing that. When inspiration moves me I use the best material and subject matter for the project.
I also love the beauty of functional art. A painting on a wall is great but you only have so much wall space. What happens when you run out? Do you need a closet to keep the art you love and only bring out for a month at a time?
For me, the choice was to turn my original artwork into jewelry. Not only can a customer collect more art they can also easily share that art with the people around them.
Each piece of my jewelry starts with an original painting in acrylic, watercolor or ink and wash. I don't use mass produced images like a lot of people. A lot of the images on my jewelry came from a project I did in 2009/2010 called "365 Days of ACEOs". From August 9, 2009 to August 10, 2010 I painted a miniature painting a day and posted that painting each day to my blog:
As I have time and inspiration I continue to create original artwork for my original jewelry.
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