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I am UmberDove.

And by that, I mean an artist.  One who hears stories in the wind, who paints because it is what her soul tells her to do, who smiths because the muse moves through her fingertips, who loves nothing more than the promise of an unexplored trail, the sound of the ocean in her ears, and scent of a serious cup of coffee.


A Solid Day's Work


Now that's what I call a solid Friday's work!
Equus Ring
(sterling silver and kingman turquoise)
Navigate Ring
(sterling silver and kingman turquoise)
Elevate Ring
(sterling silver and larimar)

I had a funny revelation the other day as I worked on, ehem, TWELVE paintings that may or may not be part of a yearly project.  I took a long look at the creatures and themes who have been springing from my pencils, paintbrushes and silver bench of late and realized they all have something in common.
Moving, moving, so much movement.
An interesting shift when I look at work done just a few short months ago, where every beast slowed, stood still, and just looked.  It's the kind of shift you are utterly unaware of until hindsight grows full in the review mirror and then suddenly your vision clears.  The wild little beast that is me is moving; not in the "packing up and physically moving location" but moving through the invisible mental-spiritual landscape.  Striding out, gaining momentum, reaching inside to a new well of energy, and naturally, accompanied by all these creatures I love.
We're moving and shaking over here.
Shimmying and twisting.
It's like a furry, feathered, hoofed, curly haired party.
I'm glad you're here for it too.
~ Umber ~

(p.s. this little pocket full of rings will be flitting into the shop at random over the weekend, in-between farmer's marketing, salsa canning, studio-ing, and basically anything else that I can find to do that DOES NOT involve packing.  HA!  And whatever your weekend may be looking like, I hope it treats your fabulously!)