Friday, November 25, 2011

New line of jewelry: Limited-edition Pendants

Samples of Images for Annette's Limited-Edition Pendants
I have a new line of jewelry: limited-edition pendants made from printed images of my original artwork. See above for samples of these images. There are many more to choose from. I will make only 100 pendants from each image, so once I reach the 100th pendant, no more will be created from that image. Each pendant will have the title and edition number on the back (e.g., 5/100) as well as my name. Right now, the only place you can order a pendant is at Stitchin' Post Gifts in Salisbury, NC. I'll be there this evening from 5pm - 9pm during downtown Salisbury, NC's Holiday Night Out, talking about how I make them and taking orders. I'll announce later where else they can be ordered. They are a great price, only $25. They'll be great as a unique gift for the women or girls in your life.

Friday, November 18, 2011

My latest jewelry painting: "Undersea World"

Undersea World - Acrylic on paper
 Here is my newest jewelry painting. I love the cool blue-green and pink/purple/orange colors. I'll be showing this at Stitchin' Post Gifts on Friday, November 25, 2011, from 5pm - 9pm during downtown Salisbury, NC's Night Out. People enjoy seeing these paintings and learning about how I create my jewelry. If anyone wants to save this painting from the cutting board and hole punches, they can have it for $600. Otherwise, it's going to be in pieces sometime in the near future.

Friday, November 11, 2011

A new jewelry painting: "Lady Bug Garden"

"Lady Bug Garden" - acrylic on 140#, full-size, hotpress watercolor paper 
This new painting, which I've already started cutting up to make hand-painted jewelry, is the first one of my jewelry paintings that isn't purely abstract. I wanted to create a garden  painting for this new collection of jewelry and it had to have lady bugs in it. As originally painted, and shown here, there were 18 lady bugs scattered throughout the image. I'm thinking of adding a ladybug to most, or maybe all, of the pieces after I've finished cutting up the painting. Having them everywhere on the original painting would have looked odd, but having one strategically placed on each cut-up piece will look really cool and make each piece even more unique.

Before I started cutting up the painting, I took it to a special event at Stitchin' Post Gifts, where my jewelry is sold in Salisbury, NC, and talked to people about how my jewelry is made. When people see my finished jewelry and learn how it's made, they're always impressed; they are even more impressed when they see one of my paintings before it's cut up.

Artists: put yourself on The Arts Map

I became aware of from one of Ariane Goodwin's recent smARTips newsletters. is an interactive worldwide map of artist's studios, galleries, arts organizations, museums, arts events, and more. Listings on The Arts Map are free and searchable in many different ways. To create a listing for yourself, your arts organization, or your arts-related business, go to and click on "create new listing" under the logo.

According to their web site, "Originally created to help the public find artists' studios, The Arts Map, with listings in 90 countries, has evolved into a global geographic interface providing access to artists, galleries, museums, public art, arts organizations, art schools, art services & supplies, and more. The Arts Map is, and will always be, a work-in-progress."

Right now there are over 6,100 listings on the map from all over the world. As word of this great marketing tool spreads, there will be more and more points added to the worldwide map. Be sure to add yours and spread the word!

The listing I created for myself is here: