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Art Bead Scene offers a painting each month as a prompt to create beads and jewelry.

The painting this month is Self Portrait  with Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird, painted by Frida Kahlo in 1940.

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So many of Kahlo’s paintings focus on her physical suffering as a result of terrible injuries in a bus accident.

Instead of the suffering I chose to focus on Frida as an Artistic Goddess and created beads and then earrings derived from the Jaguar in the painting. I call the beads Eye of the Jaguar Goddess Beads.

I used my emerald Opal polymer clay and layered it with black and translucent black polymer to create the Eye of the Jaguar Goddesses. They shimmer and reflect light like mineral opals. I topped them with a pair of emerald shaped vintage beads collected in Santa Fe, NM. The pale emerald beads sing with the opal clay.

Here are the earrings:

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I am so grateful to Art Bead Scene ( http://www.artbeadscene.blogspot.com ) for these monthly challenges. I grow so much as an artist as I respond to the challenges.

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Ever since I was a girl I have been fascinated by the art of Japan.

I have done Japanese flower arranging, ikebana. I am also an internationally known and published haiku poet.

A few years ago, I took up painting enso, circles, with sumi paint. I bought wonderful, flat porcelain trays of the sumi ink at the gift shop at Nepenthe, in Big Sur, CA. I drew a number of enso to illustrate some of my haiku. Yesterday, I photographed the enso.

The one above, one of my favorites, is made by dipping the soft rabbit’s hair brush into both metallic gold and metallic silver and then brushing the circle in one breath.

I find it meaningful that haiku are also one breath poems.

Both art forms remind us that we have only the now. To live in the now.

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I painted this one to illustrate a poem about peeling an orange.

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This one will illustrate poems about the sun.

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And this one the moon.

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This one was drawn to illustrate the moon rising behind pine trees, but this morning I used it to illustrate this haiku: lipstick on his collar/ thunder/ rattles the bedsprings.

I hope you like my enso!

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