Thursday, October 27, 2011

New Custom Jewelry At Harvest Gold Gallery

 I know most of you want to see the view so here it is.  The top of Eastman Hill, in Center Lovell Maine overlooking Kezar Lake and the White mountains.  Now, here are some recent custom pieces we've made.
This Sterling silver charm bracelet was made to order.  She picked from over 20 different designs of hand cut images to make her bracelet special.

This woman wanted a ring she could wear and wear every where!  She was so happy :)

 This one was so much fun I had to post 2 pictures.  She found the Maine tourmaline in Bethel Maine herself and we made the setting in sterling silver.
The light house design comes from a wonderful story of love and romance.  A couple came to visit the Harvest Gold "factory"v after having collected our jewelry for over 25 years of their marriage.  She always loved light houses we were happy to make a new design.

Friends from my youth with special days to celebrate.

 A wonderful fun piece made of Maine tourmaline and 14k yellow gold for one of our favorite people.
Of course, there has to be a wedding band.  So pretty with a diamond for every child.
This ring is a recycling of a beautiful blue topaz reset into sterling silver with a 14k rose gold accent.

And one last shot of the view atop Eastman Hill.  Thanks for all the fun custom opportunities. 

Sunday, October 23, 2011

New Glass at Harvest Gold

Keeping in our tradition of all American made products this wonderful collection of glasses is made in Sandwich, Mass by a husband and wife team.
 "We work together with passion, precision and timing.  The results are not only rewarding but even the most useful items become works of art in our creative studio."  Displayed overlooking the autumn colors of Lovell Maine and Kezar Lake.  The way the colors blend you can feel the liquidness of the glass.

 Pick you favorite colors to make a set unique to you and your lifestyle.
 Handmade glasses add a special charm to everyday life.  It's fun to ponder the person who made the glass, the person who made the beverage, enjoying their hard labors, sharing with friends.

Stop by the gallery or check out the website.  

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

The Baby Loon in Middle Bay Kezar Lake

With the temperatures in the upper 70s it was a perfect day to get out on Lake Kezar.  Record breaking heat in October was wonderful.
Boat traffic was light on Sunday afternoon and the almost full moon was over the trees on the shore.
The lighting was perfect and the baby looked great!

It was nice to see the parent loon was still playing an active role with the chick.

You can't help but feel fortunate living in Center Lovell watching the mist come in and the loons slice through the water.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Egg Tempera artist Barbara Coburn

 Award winning watercolor artist, Barbara Coburn has been painting the beautiful New England countryside since her early college days.  She got her Fine Art degree at Anna Maria College.  From there she was very successful in the advertising and marketing world. Her first love, however, has always been painting. Lately she has discovered a new medium.  Studying with some of the great egg tempera artists she has come to love this new to her technique.

Egg tempera is a painting process that uses egg yolk to bind pigments, the color, into paint.  The artist must manufacture the paints herself by finely grinding the pigment and mixing it with water and egg yolk.  The paint is then applied in a method where the optical laws of egg tempera are obeyed thus the unique surface of egg tempera will be achieved. 
Tempera paint dries rapidly. It is normally applied in thin, semi-opaque or transparent layers. Tempera painting allows for great precision when used with traditional techniques that require the application of numerous small brush strokes.  When the final painting is created then it is sealed with an organic varnish.  This is needed especially if you have a cat around who might want a little lick of that egg!

With the ancient egg tempera technique Barbara creates a luminous glow in her work.  The detail that she can achieve is amazing.   Every blade of tall grass in the field by the old barn is visible.  All the paint peeling off the old boat is there!

Tempera paintings are very long lasting, and examples from the 1st centuries AD still exist. Egg tempera was a primary method of painting until after 1500 when it was superseded by the invention of oil painting.  Andrew Wyeth was one of the most noted egg tempera painters.  His painting, Christina’s World is very well known. 
Barbara's new paintings will be showing at Harvest Gold Gallery through the holidays.  Stop by when you are by Lake Kezar in beautiful downtown Center Lovell.


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