Hallelujah! I actually ventured into my studio and didn't get the heebie jeebies. I stayed and worked out some of the kinks from a 3 month long slump. Yes, the lights are beginning to come on again. More about that and my first experiments with Pardo and alcohol inks later but first, here is my entry in Art Bead Scene's February challenge, the theme of which is based on "The Conference of the Birds by Habiballah," (page from a manuscript of the The Language of the Birds of Farid al-Din `Attar ca. 1600.)
I chose to focus on the beautiful blue green and gold peacock in the center of the illustration, and created these earrings and the peacock focal components, I used a peacock stamp from cooltools, vintaj Etruscan bead caps, other brass findings, fire polished AB finished Czech glass beads in a beautiful majolica blue; Prussian blue acrylic paint and my own blend of antique gold metallic polymer clay. I distressed them a bit to add some age, too. So what do you think? Do these look like Ancient Persia to you?