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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.


La Grande Feuille

Kelly Clark

I spent last week in the warmth of California's central valley, bare armed and open toed.  The golden rolling hills have a beauty all unto their own: scattered live oaks, grasses turned nearly white, wide blue skies and over all, the scent of dried earth.  I filled up on it, as this is the land I was born to, raised in, formed on.  It is, and alway will be, one of my homes.  


When I returned North, the night fog stood to greet me.  The dawn broke cold and bright, breath hanging heavy in the air.  But after a week of all that California sun, the thing that cracked my heart wide open in the North was the color.  I could feast on that chroma for the rest of my days.  It catches me mid-sentence, mid-stride, mid-thought in a blaze of vermillion fire.  It wraps me up in the tide of seasons, the shifting dance of growth and release, the marker of yet another year drawing down in a flaming burst of glory.  If summer is the outstretched wings in flight, then autumn is the phoenix's fire.  Halleluia I say.


La Grande Feuille - The Autumnal Rings

(sterling silver and carnelian) 

So naturally, when I sat down with paper and pencil, when I opened the drawers full of stones and silver, I needed to make an homage to the glory of Fall.  And so they are.

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(both rings are in the etsy shop now!)