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Mother Nature, Finest Artist of all Time

February 9, 2016
created by Jane Penman

created by Jane Penman

When we are hunting for design inspirations, students bring all sorts of wonderful things to the studio. Everything from flowers, weeds, leaves and entire branches, birds wings, caterpillars, butterflies, bugs, shells, beetles and precious stones.  There is nothing like studying a subject close up to discover what special elements of art and design they may yield.  We may then look at the items with a magnifying glass, do photography, color studies and some simple drawing.  Marilynn Olson brought in a wonderful selection of precious stones that belonged to her friend Jane Penman. I took many photo closeups of the Ocean Orbicular Jasper rock and cropped afterwards in Photoshop. Every image showed off  differing elements.  Have a look at the rock photos I snapped with Marilynn’s captions about the rocks under each.  Here’s a link to Marilynn’s past blog so you can see some of the designs she created from inspiration with rocks.  Jane Penman made an exquisite neckpiece from it afterwards.   Gail Harker

Jane Penman is a La Conner Metalsmith and Lapidary Artist. She developed a unique and natural method for cutting and polishing stones.  Rather than the usual template and high gloss norm, Jane shapes the stones in free form and low profile with a natural, low sheen polish.   She creates artwork around the stones with sterling silver, which is matte finished, though oxidized on occasion. Her necklaces are a matter of flow and discovering what works together. More about Jane Penman Jewelry may be found on her website –  She can be contacted at

6 Comments leave one →
  1. Penny Peters permalink
    February 9, 2016 4:34 am

    Breathtaking! Thanks for sharing!

  2. February 9, 2016 5:59 am

    Wow, that jasper is so beautiful! Like a painting – but better 😉

  3. February 9, 2016 7:15 pm

    Gorgeous! I love the close up photos, very inspiring.

  4. Barbara Fox permalink
    February 10, 2016 5:44 am

    Such amazing patterns in that one little piece of jasper. Thank you for sharing these Marilynn. The work you did in our art & design class was just as stunning. And the necklace that Jan created is beautiful!

  5. February 15, 2016 6:15 pm

    Great photos. I could see each one as a piece of art developed in a variety of ways.

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