Friday, August 31, 2012

Watkins Glen State Park

Here are some of my original photographs taken during a trip to Watkins Glen State Park, NY.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Better Photographs

Using trial and error for a few months has finally resulted in better jewelry photographs with the desired white background. What do you think of the final product?

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

NEW Oil Painting

Here is a photo of my 16x20 still life oil painting that was completed just yesterday.  It is of two cherry tomatoes with some lettuce in a metal strainer.  If you have any suggestions for a title for this piece, feel free to leave a comment :)

Saturday, April 7, 2012

New Oil Painting!

After quite a long time without any new completed oil paintings, this 9x12 still life was finished last week.  It is titled Ready or Not and was painted alla prima (wet into wet) using my post impressionistic style and impasto technique.  This composition was painted from life in my studio.  Ready or Not 9x12 Oil on canvas by Laura Holzschuh.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Lapis Gemstone

 Lapis is a gemstone that is midnight blue in color and usually has speckles of pyrite throughout.  Popular for artisans to use in handmade jewelry.  The beads pictured are faceted 8mm rounds (you can see the pyrite within) and from my own jewelry making supplies. 

"Lapis lazuli is a gemstone of the kind that might have come straight out of the Arabian Nights: a deep blue with golden inclusions of pyrites which shimmer like little stars" (International Colored Gemstone Association)

This gemstone has a long and fruitful history of being adorned in art historical pieces from Mesopotamia, Egypt, Persia, Greece and Rome (ICGA).

"Lapis lazuli is regarded by many people around the world as the stone of friendship and truth. The blue stone is said to encourage harmony in relationships and help its wearer to be authentic and give his or her opinion openly." (ICGA)

Below is a sneak peek of a Lapis pendant that was created with solid sterling silver wire and will be for sale in my Etsy shop soon.

Friday, March 9, 2012

Love of Labradorite

Labradorite is one of my all time favorite gemstones! Here is a picture of a OOAK piece I created using the 16x23mm focal pendant and solid sterling silver fine gauge wire.

This piece flashes magnificent blue and green. The natural dark lines that run through the gemstone remind me of trees in a landscape.