From Pain to an Amazing Pearl

Oyster and Pearl by Kelly Bermudez
Oyster and Pearl by Kelly Bermudez

Visual Devotion: From Pain to Pearl

Kelly Bermudez is an artist I just discovered recently and I absolutely love her work. Here is an example of her work and just the heart behind it.

I have written before about the pearl and the oyster shell as I have always been fascinated by this process. I have been that grain of sand time and time again and it seems the beautiful pearl is a long way off but I’m in the process. So many things have irritated that grain of sand… and these are the things that have formed my character best! I love how the oyster coats that grain of sand with that precious substance to protect itself from irritation.

To protect ourselves, we do similar things:

  • We numb ourselves with food, drugs, drink etc.
  • We build a wall around us
  • We get angry at people
  • We do the blame game
  • We avoid people and isolate because people hurt us!
  • We do anything except accept the irritation and let that turn into a beautiful pearl

I don’t know about you, but this is the way my defense mechanism goes into action. Believe me I haven’t always been able to turn the pain off…I had instances (and that is what saved me) where all I could do is surrender and let God do His work in me. There are days when I thought the pain would kill me! I feel in my heart like I am about to enter a similar process again soon.

What do you do when Pain knocks at the door of your Heart?

Going with the Flow

P1030718Always wondering why an artist is inspired one day and not the other. I have days when I could just create one thing after the other and it keeps coming. I often have to stop everything I am doing to go with the flow and let my imagination, creativity flow because it’s time. I am compulsive and very often 100% into what I am doing and find it very difficult to stop, but it really is very crucial to listen to the still small voice of the spirit and go with that. I find that I am inspired by God of all creation and His imagination is limitless. If I stay tuned to the source I should never run out of ideas. I need to always be aware of my surroundings, aware of the sounds and waves around me and to not miss a beat. This morning I couldn’t sleep and just had a frustrating night and got out of bed early. I looked out through the dripping wet windows and saw two deer in the back of my house. I was so excited, because this summer I have wondered where they all went and here they were, beautiful and gracious. It made my day!

“A rock pile ceases to be a rock pile the moment a single man contemplates it, bearing within him the image of a cathedral.” Antoine de Saint-Exupery (St Exupery is from my home town – Lyon France)

I love this quote as it speak of the unseen. It speaks of the future, of creativity and seeing with the eyes of the heart – the source we need to draw from.

I love food and this photo is from our trip to China a few years back. The feast is prepared with all the ingredients, colors and tastes and all we have to do is just sit and enjoy! It’s the same with letting our imagination flow. If we wait for the meal to be cold or old, it will not taste good and won’t be a memorable experience. If we eat it while it’s warm and fresh it will be tasty and wonderful. We have to partake of what’s presented to us at the time it is served and use every bit of it to create our newest piece of art.

It’s all about going with the flow…………

Everything New

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I just changed my blog from Blogger to WordPress. I have been wanting to show everyone the area where I live and what’s around me to inspire me in my daily work. I live in Maine and it’s just really beautiful this time of year. I love nature and the life I see all around me. Some of these photos were taken very recently right from my backyard.

On Inspiration

I don’t know about you, but I get my inspiration from opening my eyes to see what my Creator comes up with everyday….it’s everywhere. I think it’s a gift to be able to just see! I love water, ocean, sky, trees, flowers, life, nature. I have always loved putting together colors and shapes, whether I made Pillows, Pottery, Painting on Silk or Jewelry. If you catch me in my favorite bead store, watch out! I see the shape of a beautiful stone or pearl and my imagination runs wild! It can be dangerous too because I will put too many designs together and buy too much! I have an over active imagination, there is no stopping it, which has gotten me into trouble because it will sometimes keep me awake at night. For years I have listened to audiobooks at night to get myself to sleep just like a little child. It soothes my mind and relaxes me (most of the time) God has also given me designs as I sleep. All you have to do is ask Him! Amazing! Here is an example on how things come together.

Appleton Farms, Ipswich, MA
Green and Rust Necklace
Rust, Green, Freshwater Pearl, Sterling Silver Necklace
Cranes Beach, Ipswich MA
I would be really interested to find out how you all get your inspiration. Please feel free to leave a comment.

My Favorite Blue Piece

I have had more pleasure making this Hand Knotted Blues Freshwater Pearl Necklace, than anything I have made up until now. This is actually my second one so it’s not exactly OOAK (One of a Kind), since I have had only enough of these beautiful Freshwater Pearls to make a second one. These are my absolute favorite colors. I am a water baby…love colors of lakes, rivers, oceans. The most beautiful place I have ever seen was Lake Wanaka at sunset in the South Island of New Zealand, where I was on a trip with my husband. We were teaching a workshop on Dreams and Visions in the North Island in Taupo. This lake literally took my breath away…it was like God said here they come and I’m going to paint them the most beautiful picture and He did! Hope you enjoy this correlation of both Nature and Creativity. I just think that they go together so beautifully. There is a story to this photo because I had a little camera with a small memory card and I had used up all my photos. So I had to  upload the photos on my computer to free the memory card for more photos…all this as the sun is setting….oh la la…that was a stretch! But I  was able to make it in time. I still get so much peace looking at this lake from the comfort of my home. If you don’t mind long flights, New Zealand’s south Island is the most beautiful place in the world I have seen yet and I have done a lot of traveling in my days! Growing up in Europe, you travel from one country to the other rather quickly. I have been to India, China, Malaysia, Philippines as well…but New Zealand won my heart.