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I learned that if my photos did not have aspect ratios that corresponded to the most common frame shapes, it made it difficult to offer standard frames for prints of my paintings without losing part of my my painting’s details. While the clarity and pixel count of a photo are the major determinants of what size prints can be made, the aspect ratio also appears to play a role. I realized that it was really helpful to learn about the standard aspect ratios found in many paintings and art photos, and that lesson is what I’d like to share with you now: Continue reading
Posted Dec 17, 2020 at Jude Kai
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One day, as I browsed the housewares aisles in a local store, the idea hit me: Why not try mounting a pot lid rack on the wall and use it to hold up my paintings? Here's how I did it.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2020 at Jude Kai
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I was a bit intimidated about what to put in this pretty 8 x 10", spiral-bound, hardcover book with 40 pages of heavy watercolor paper. After all, this is now an artist's sketchbook. For me as a painter, an abstract artist. It's supposed to contain...WHAT? Experimental designs? Practice life drawings? Collages? Still lifes? Old postcards? Restaurant receipts? Landscape sketches? WHAT? Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2020 at Jude Kai
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Hello, my name is Judy Kiriazis at Heart of Stone Studio and I’d like to talk to you about how to buy quality gemstones for the jewelry that you design or wear. I’ve been trained as a jeweler and have... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2020 at Heart of Stone Studio Blog
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Hello, I’m Con from Heart of Stone Studio. I would like to tell you about Fordite. Fordite is known by several different names, such as Motor Agate, Motorcity Agate, and Detroit Agate. It is not a stone or a mineral,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2020 at Heart of Stone Studio Blog
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Hello, I’m Con from Heart of Stone Studio. I would like to tell you about Amber. Amber is a fossilized tree resin. A number of different trees in prehistoric times produced resin that did not decay, the way that most... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2020 at Heart of Stone Studio Blog
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Hello, I’m Con from Heart of Stone Studio. I would like to tell you about Carnelian. Carnelian is a microcrystalline quartz, made up of silicon dioxide with iron oxide impurities that give it its distinct red color. It is in... Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2020 at Heart of Stone Studio Blog
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Hello, I'm Con from Heart of Stone Studio. I would like to tell you about Pietersite. In 1962, a miner named Sid Pieters found a large stone near a farm in Outjo in north-central Namibia. The stone was covered with... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2020 at Heart of Stone Studio Blog
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In this post, I’m sharing a fun way to build an interesting palette of colors for a new painting.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 28, 2020 at Jude Kai
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Hello, I’m Con from Heart of Stone Studio. I would like to tell you about Bumblebee Jasper. First, Bumblebee Jasper is not a Jasper, which is a form of chalcedony and microgranular quartz. Instead, Bumblebee Jasper is actually a fibrous... Continue reading
Posted Sep 28, 2020 at Heart of Stone Studio Blog
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In my previous post, I discussed some of the advantages that people who have technical training bring to the practice of art. But there are disadvantages, too: Spontaneity, freedom of expression, “letting loose,” and trying crazy things just for the heck of it—These are not so easy for us with technical backgrounds... Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2020 at Jude Kai
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As a scientist turned artist, I’ve been delighted to meet other women who came to art from careers in science, medicine, and business where required skills are usually relegated to the other side of their brain from art.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2020 at Jude Kai
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To ensure that I would never accidentally destroy this camera, I made a 6-7-ft leash for it and attached the leash to a hook I drilled into the ceiling. I actually have three of these setups, one for each room of my studio. The end of the leash (strong cords knotted together) has a lobster clasp that I can easily hook to the carrying strap of the camera while it sits on its tripod.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 24, 2020 at Jude Kai
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If you think you’re alone in your studio, you shouldn’t be. Right at hand you have your trusty cell phone (or camera), and you can put it to work in a huge variety of ways... Continue reading
Posted Aug 24, 2020 at Jude Kai
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Welcome to the blog of Painter and Glass Artist Jude Kai! Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2020 at Jude Kai
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Let me tell you about copper. Copper is both an element and a mineral. It is an essential trace element in all plants and animals, serving as a factor in various enzyme systems. It is essential to the normal functioning... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2016 at Heart of Stone Studio Blog
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Colla Wood is a rare blend of petrified wood and minerals that have infused the wood over time. These minerals are associated with copper deposits, and include chrysocolla, malachite, and azurite. In fact, the name Colla Wood comes from the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2016 at Heart of Stone Studio Blog
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Chrysoprase is a green stone that is a form of chalcedony, containing small quantities of nickel. It is known as a cryptocrystalline mineral, because the crystals that compose the stone are so fine that they cannot be seen under normal... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2016 at Heart of Stone Studio Blog
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Butterfly Jasper is a stone that is mined in Mexico. It is called butterfly or sometimes butterfly wing because the patterning of the stone resembles that of butterfly wings. It is a brecciated jasper, which means that as it was... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2016 at Heart of Stone Studio Blog
Have you ever thought about expanding your jewelry offerings? Collectors and galleries love it when your work has a thread of similarity running through all its pieces. But maybe, just maybe, you might want to expand your jewelry line a... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2016 at Heart of Stone Studio Blog
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Malachite is a wonderful stone. Its deep green color resembles the greens of Nature. In fact, its name comes from the Greek word for the Mallow plant, whose leaves it was thought to resemble. The mineral has been known from... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2016 at Heart of Stone Studio Blog
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Turquoise is a mineral produced from copper aluminum phosphate hydride. The blue color comes from the copper, and the greens and blacks come from iron impurities. China has become one of the world's leading producers of turquoise, with approximately 75%... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2016 at Heart of Stone Studio Blog
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Peruvian Opals come from the San Patricio area near the Andes Mountains of Peru. The Peruvian Opal is the national stone of Peru, and was considered by the Incas as a gift from Pachamama, the goddess of Mother Earth. They... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2016 at Heart of Stone Studio Blog
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Pinolite is a metamorphic rock that is a mixture of dolomite, graphite, and magnesite. The dolomite and graphite give the stone a gray and black color, while the magnesite appears in whitish clumps that look like the edible seeds of... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2016 at Heart of Stone Studio Blog
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Sonoran Sunrise Jasper is a beautiful stone that contains aqua blues, reds, and blacks, that are reminiscent of sunrises in the desert, where in the clear air the colors can be quite vivid and intense. The stone is a mixture... Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2016 at Heart of Stone Studio Blog