Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Inspired by a Fish: Toggle Clasp Giveaway



Adirondack Heritage Brook Trout c. Judith Utter

Today I would like to introduce you to my friend, Natural Science artist Judith Utter.  She painted the Adirondack Heritage Brook Trout pictured above as well as many other plants and fish of the Adirondack and St. Lawrence Valley region of New York State.  She considers herself a naturalist and an environmentalist.  Her work reflects these themes.  


I was so taken with the colors of Judith Utter's painting of the Adirondack
Brook Trout that I have created a series of toggle clasps and a tutorial to celebrate its beauty.
To further acquaint you with Judith Utter's work, I am having a giveaway of one of my Adirondack Heritage Wrist Wrap kits.  Each kit includes one of the toggle clasps I made with the palette of Judith Utter's painting, 2 yards of Leather Lace, and a printout of the directions for making this bracelet, pictured below.
Adirondack Heritage Wrist Wrap Bracelet by Mary Harding
The Tutorial for this bracelet is being posted on ArtBeadScene today.

There will be 2 winners.  To enter leave a comment below about Judith's work and be sure to leave a way of being contacted  in case you win.  You can further your chances of winning by "liking" Judith Utter's Facebook page and leaving another comment letting me know you did. 

To increase your chances of winning even more, you can
Share on your favorite social media and come back and leave additional comments for each share



Toggle Clasps I made inspired by Judith Utter's painting Adirondack Heritage Brook Trout
                               some of these are available in my Etsy shop

More examples of Judith Utter's work in her Etsy Shop

Sugar Maple BOTANICAL GICLEE PRINT





Sunflower BOTANICAL PRINT

Legumes featuring Dragon Tongue BOTANICAL PRINT


And on her website you can see the full range of the Giclee prints she offers for sale--a few examples below



Beta vulgaris


Lilium longiflorum

Ilex meserveae


As you can see, Judith creates beautiful watercolors of the plants and wild life of the Northern New York region.  I hope you have enjoyed meeting Judith and will follow her work on Facebook and her website.


Thanks so much for stopping by. 
Mary



22 comments:

  1. Fantastic! Thank you for introducing me to another talented artist! I adore nature and am inspired by it every day. It's nice to see how each person expresses what we all see!

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  2. Lovely! your clasps and bracelet are just wonderful, and I love the paintings! we are up in the Adirondacks every summer, and often visit the Wild Center in Tupper where you can see lots of those trout swimming around .... not to mention in the lake near our house. Fun give away!

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  3. Love the picture of the legumes, soft but interesting colors.

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  4. My favourite is the Legumes as well! Lovely shapes and textures.

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  5. I enjoy your blog Mary, your work is always so beautiful and inspiring! And Judith's work makes me want to go right outside and plant a garden!!

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  6. Such beautiful drawings! The trout reminds me of the colors of unakite... And the toggles are simply gorgeous. I spent my childhood summers in upstate NY and it would be so meaningful to wear this bracelet.
    Thanks for the chance-
    Shelley
    Shelleykatsh@gmail.com

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  7. I am a huge fan of botanical prints and Judith's work is stunning. I also like fish - decorative objects, prints, beads, etc. Fascinating to see how many different colour combinations you drew out of the print.

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  8. I liked Judith's FB page.

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  9. Hi Mary! Thank you for the excellent bracelet tutorial! I have a bunch of leather similar to the style you've shown, purchased on-a-whim (you know how it goes?!)... Now I know how I can use it, and with style!

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  10. Oh, and I did visit/'liked'Judith's facebook page! Thank you for provindinv the link. She creates lovely Art! The detail is fantastic. Cbriody1@verizon.net.

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  11. I have been in love with Judith's work for years! Breathtaking, really! And, of course, Mary...you are one of my favorite artists...Happy and Healthy New Year!! <3

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  12. Oh such lovely art! I have always wanted to go to the Adirondack Mountains. These toggles are so beautiful! Everything I do creatively is inspired by the natural world, and her paintings are an inspiration in themselves - such delicate colors. janschop@aol.com

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  13. Thanx Mary for introducing me to Judith's beautiful art. Your clasps are wonderful. I appreciate the chance to win one of your kits. b.pancakebeads@gmail.com

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  14. I am inspired by nature. I am so glad Mary introduced us to Judith's work. Her watercolors inspired by nature are very detailed and lovely. I enjoyed a look at her facebook page. I would love to win the kit inspired by her work. Mary's clasps are gorgeous interpretations of Judith's work. baymoondesign@gmail.com

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  15. The 1st thing that struck me about the trout painting was the fabulous colors, so it doesn't surprise me that you found that palette so inspiring for your own beautiful work. llandig at msn dot com

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  16. I pinned your giveaway! llandig at msn dot com

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  17. Love the colors and the artistry! Ashar on Etsy.com

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  18. Oh, and I found and Liked Judith's page as well! I had to set notifications to On too - wanted to hear all about what she's doing!

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  19. These paintings are wonderful, I love how simple elements of nature like beets can be made into pieces of art, and that sunflower, gorgeous! And of course, your clasps are such beauties! I'm on my way to Judith's page.

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  20. And liked Judith's page, love those colors, the carrots are just gorgeous!

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  21. Loved Judith's prints that you had on your blog,especially the sugar maple.

    I think your clasps and the tutorial for the bracelet were great. Thank you.

    Carolyn
    Carolynscreations@live.com

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  22. I liked Judith's Facebook page.

    Carolyn
    Carolynscreations@live.com

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