Good morning,

Today I think I will tell you about another painting in progress, Princess Pearl. At least that’s what she’s called at the moment. I would like to think of something more clever, we will see. She may object to having a name change later. Sometimes paintings are stubborn.


This started out with a coat of gold spray paint.

You know, I did the same bass-ackwards thing AGAIN. I got the eyes and lips laid down using beads before getting the skin right. Is this not just common sense? Why do I do this to myself?


Right now I am really loving the headpiece. Only the blue is paint, everything else is beads and bits of broken jewelry. I liked the lips too but it looks like the eyes and lips need to come off. Otherwise it’s going to be a few hours of meticulously scraping little paint blobs off them. It’s hard to see here but the lips looked fantastic before they got paint blobs. The texture of the beads really hinted at the texture of a lip. Sheesh, I need to go back to painting kindergarten.

I am feeling very excited about the pearls for her hair though. I have thousands of them, in so many tones and sizes that I feel I can easily create shading and depth in space. Her whole hair will be pearls, coming down in a thick braid on one side.

I got these pearls from my Grandmother. I inherited all her craft supplies. I inherited them because I was the only one who wasn’t saying “Let’s throw all this junk out.” :-O

Here is Grams in about 1917:

Ginnie Repaired

Here’s a corny poem I wrote for her on that subject:

A poem to my Grammie Pie
I love you, Gramma. You know why?
You’re a magpie and so am I

People like to say “pack rat”
but I don’t like the sound of that.
Birds are sleek and rodents fat.

It isn’t avarice or greed,
It’s just that someday we might need
that certain button, shell or bead

to finish up some craft we do,
but ultimately have to few
and have to go and buy some, new.

That’s why I end up on the floor
when we are shopping in a store
and you tell me you need some more.

Then I go and buy some too.
That’s how it is with me and you.
I love you, Gramma, I truly do.

Oh snap! I should do one of these paintings of this photo! Yes! I will do that. I’m already getting ideas for the banisters.

Ok, well, I think I have decided to remove the eyes and lips *sigh* and start the face over. Thanks for letting me bounce it off you.


About sharonpassmore

Hi. I am an artist living in Greenville, South Carolina. I am the Art moderator at Eratosphere, a forum of Ablemuse Review. I play with all sorts of art-forms, including digital design and fabric design, but nearest to my heart, at the moment, is collage. I like it best if the collage materials are not recognized from a distance and reveal themselves at close up, the way a painting can look realistic from a distance but on closer inspection, the freedom of brushstrokes becomes apparent. My materials are my brushstrokes. ​ I use anything I find in my collage that suits the purpose, beads, broken jewelry, wallpaper scraps etc... I always try to incorporate recycled packaging too. This is important to me, partly because of the environment, and partly because I get a little thrill out of recognizing the value of materials most people would discard as trash. Think of this next time you peel that wonderful foil seal off a new can of coffee. ​ I am inspired by many kinds of traditional arts and crafts. The cultural history of the world is just loaded with fabulous treasure, isn't it? I view the world of art and art history as a giant buffet and I want to sample a taste of everything. "Mmmmm that Wabi Sabi looks delicious! Gimme a little of that Horror Vacui! Check out those fantastic Molas!" I completely reject the idea that one artform is superior to another due to what is in fashion at the moment. Art is timeless. ​ If there's something I don't like too much, I try to keep in mind that I probably don't understand it, and that's a signal to me that I have something more to learn. There is always something more to learn. Thanks for visitng <3 Sharon Passmore
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2 Responses to Pearl

  1. Pingback: More Pearl | Building Chinaberries

  2. I love what you have done with Pearl, keep us posted! ❤


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