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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

A Need to Bead.

I'm familiar with my artistic patterns.  When I need a mental break from drawing or painting I'll generally do something compulsive and semi-mindless.  My logic? :  When I paint for five hours straight the payoff isn't gigantic...it takes multiple five hour sessions to complete a painting. Sometimes a gal needs immediate gratification.  If I sit down and focus I can bead an entire small skull (fox, raccoon, skunk) in roughly five hours. The whole process is very rewarding.  That fox skull is shiny as fuck and I love it as an object.  I love immediate gratification!

Why are compulsive activities so rewarding?  My guess...compulsive activities reward certain centers of the brain by relieving stress (duh).  Creating something that appears totally complicated but only requires focus has always centered me. So, expect more of these.


  1. i love it! i get a ridiculous amount of compliments on the two skulls i have from you. and i am always impressed with how durable they are - barely any beads have fallen off in the 4 years that i have had them!

  2. i had to try out many a' glue to find the perfect one. I'm kind of impressed by how well they hold up as well. I'll call it success at the ten year mark ;)

  3. I don't know if you remember, Tracy, but I made a beaded skull at your place in Provo. I certainly remember.