:: Antler and Ivory ::

Two new offerings for you today…

Antler Talisman + Handmade Silver Elements + Pre Columbian Shell + Antique Shell Currency + Adjustable Leather Cord

A wild and organic talisman necklace made with naturally-shed deer antler

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:: Rings and Discs ::

I’ve been getting some jewelry work done in the midst of writing, which is going very well! The one you see here is just full of great pieces from far and wide across the Southwest. In my Etsy shop, there is another talisman necklace with two pendants and an antler ring. Be sure to check those out as well!

:: A Bracelet, A Pair of Earrings, and Progress ::

Here are two new items for you today, a fused silver bracelet and pair of earrings. I had just enough silver to make them! The novel manuscript stands at over 26,000 words so far, with the first section nearly complete. It’s coming along well! Next week I’ll be driving to California to hear my friend Steve Roach in concert in Pasadena, then on to the Mojave for some quality time. Summer is almost over…

Desert Zen Earrings + Minimalist + Primitive + Rustic + Wabi Sabi + Hammered Fine Silver Rectangles + Dawn Wilson

The simplest forms, hammered rectangles, linked together to wear on your ears

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Here is a really special one for you today, a hand-polished mastodon ivory shard. Extraordinary material.

This has been the strangest summer. The creative energy is running at flood stage, but it had run toward painting and, for the month of July, writing. I have decided to write a speculative fiction novel. The seed ideas were born many years ago and suddenly it has come back into my life and taken over. I’ll keep you updated!

:: A New Painting Begins! ::

Well, you’ve probably been wondering what I’ve been up to since you’ve not been seeing a lot of new talismans appear in recent weeks. It’s because I’ve decided to start painting again! Some of you may know I started out life as an sci-fi/fantasy illustrator and then fine artist, but about 10 years ago switched to jewelry full time. Recently the desire to paint has returned in a powerful way and even though I have four large pieces still awaiting completion, a new one has come through and I’m going to go with it since it’s been rather insistent.

Preparing for a painting is a lot of work. The first stages are all about concept and preliminary sketches. This one comes from an old pastel piece I did a few years ago. It was fairly well along and I liked where it was going, but when I went to spray it with fixatif, the stuff spattered all over it and ruined the piece. I set the piece aside but thankfully kept it, and a couple of weeks ago I decided to develop the idea a little further, as you can see from the sketchbook and another quick color piece.


Most of my sketches like those in the book are just a few gestural lines as I start pulling a concept and composition together. I did several of those. Next I wanted to work up a loose chalk color study in the correct proportion of the final piece, which would be a 20” x 44” panel.


Like the one that was ruined, this is on blue toned paper. The scene is on a desert planet, set high on the edge of a red rock mesa which overlooks a vast plain of salt over a thousand feet below. The sun has just set and the afterglow has painted the rocks with flamelike color. In fact, this section is called the Fire Altar. The rock formations are actually closely layered fins, very broad when viewed from one direction, but when seen edge on, as they are here, they look like flames. The idea for them came from the granite formations of White Tank in Joshua Tree National Park and the Fiery Furnace in Arches.

I also played with the composition and dimensions a bit, giving it a more panoramic line.

The moon is rising; the planet actually has a second captured moon, a tiny irregular reddish rock that I was going to put into the frame, but found it distracting. What you don’t see well are the linear arrays of thousands of pylons of luminous green, aqua and blue stone out on the salt. This is a breathtaking sight that I’ve wanted to paint for years. That will come out more in the final painting.

Sanding the eighth coat of gesso in my CLEAN! FRESHLY PAINTED! garage.

Sanding the eighth coat of gesso in my CLEAN! FRESHLY PAINTED! garage.

At this point I was ready to start the painting, which meant prepping the panel. So, on to Home Depot where I purchased a 4’ x 8’ sheet of hardboard and had them cut it to size. Then the real work began. I like a very smooth surface, which means several coats of thinned acrylic gesso, sanded between each coat. Thanks to our hot high desert sun and single digit humidity, I was able to complete the entire job in a day, but it was a workout. Each coat was brushed on, then the board was set out in the sun to dry, then brought back in and sanded. I did this eight times to get an even, bright white coat…messy, sweaty work. The next day I gave the coat a final sanding with 400 grit sandpaper, bringing it up a vellum-like surface.

After three days to let the panel dry, today it was ready for the ground. I brushed on a thin layer of tanzanite-hued pigment thinned with turpentine, then removed most of it with a rag. This emulates the toned paper of the studies, and as the image is built up on top of it, it will impart a luminous glow that subtly shines through the layers. The base color of this ground will also help chromatically unify the piece…kind of like its soul color.

First layer: the ground.  Pure quantum energy.

First layer: the ground. Pure quantum energy.

Ah, the smell of turpentine. I’ve missed it. Once this dries, I’ll start working up the underpainting. Until then, it’s jewelry making time!

Have a great weekend!


:: ...and Rings ::

New Mexico Turquoise Ring + Natural + Untreated + Cerrillos Mine + Southwestern + Adjustable Size 8 + Sterling Silver + Primitive + Wabi Sabi + Boho Style

From the ancient turquoise mining area of the Ancestral Pueblo people, soft green turquoise set in a Desert Primitive ring

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…and there is another new turquoise ring in my Etsy shop!

:: Earrings ::

Earrings for you today! Also new earrings and a fused silver bangle in my Etsy shop!

:: Ancient Totems and Talismans ::

Fossil Totem Necklace + Horse Tooth Pendant + Ancient Mayan Stone Bead + Stacked + Primitive + Statement + Desert Talismans

A beautifully preserved prehistoric horse tooth fossil totem pendant on pearls and silver

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Two bold and beautiful Desert Talismans for you today, full of ancient energy…

:: New Pieces! ::

Three new pieces for you here today, and one in my Etsy shop!

All of my pieces are now infused with Reiki energy, once while I work and again when I pack them up to go out to you. Reiki is a wonderful healing energy straight from Source. I have been infusing my talismans with energy and intentions for you all along, but have recently been inspired to use Reiki specifically as well. If you would like to know more, please ask!

Primitive Fused Fine Silver Charm Bracelet + Ancient Ivory Artifact + Prehistoric + Stone Age + Desert Textures

A bracelet of heavy, primitive silver links with an ancient ivory artifact and bronze charm

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:: Black Madonna Spirit Beads ::

This very special set of prayer beads, or Spirit Beads, has just been listed in my Etsy shop. It was modeled after my own set of Black Madonna beads and is even larger and more elaborate, with vintage, antique and handmade elements that are one-of-a-kind. It is a very powerful offering.