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Art Creations For Your Inbox 5

A little jewelry, a little art, and a whole lot of awesome was created this week.

This world is but a canvas to our imagination.

-Henry David Thoreau

I love this quote and wanted to share it with you. Now here are some creations:

Sterling Silver “Wave” Earrings

Klee Angelie Jewelry
Klee Angelie Jewelry

 

These earrings are designed to draw attention to the elegant curvature of the neckline and create subtle catches of light and movement. Whether they make you think of sound waves, light waves, or ocean waves, they have a definite “vibration” about them that I really love.

-Klee

Rags To Fishes

Rafi Perez Art
Rafi Perez Art

 

This piece is created from the left over scraps of canvas I get when stretching. I am honored to say that it has won best of show at a gallery exhibit.

 -Rafi

 

Sterling Silver and Quartz Crystal “Piezo” Earrings

Klee Angelie Jewelry
Klee Angelie Jewelry

 

These might be my favorite earrings of all time. Hammered and fire torched Sterling silver and Quartz crystal points. They make me think of some sort of beautiful contraption like the ones Tesla was known to build. The name “Piezo”, Greek for “pressure” refers to Piezoelectricity, the type of energy that Quartz crystal produces. My love of physics and pretty things came together just how I wanted in this design.

-Klee

Pink Jellies

Rafi Perez Art
Rafi Perez Art

 

I am fascinated by jellyfish. These weird gelatinous creatures that look like they shouldn’t even be alive, just blow my mind. I wanted to create pieces that blended the wonder of jellyfish, and the playfulness of the bold color of toys.

-Rafi

Raw Kyanite and Copper “Peak” Ring

Klee Angelie Jewelry
Klee Angelie Jewelry

This really bold statement ring was my most recent electroforming design. One part chemistry and one part nature inspired, it is a representation of a towering mountain peak. Kyanite is one of the best stones to use during meditation, so it’s like ones own “Meditation on the mountain top”.

-Klee

Seasons Of Change Set

Rafi Perez Art
Rafi Perez Art

This is one of my longest running series. It represents the four seasons and the things I love about them. I use soothing and happy colors, that are meant to calm the mind. 

-Rafi

Have an amazing week! You are awesome! Remember to stay endlessly inspired by the stuff of life! Oh, and I am excited to announce that my book is available!

I’m thinking of doing a book giveaway, let me know if you like the idea 🙂

Rafi's New Book

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Art Creations For Your Inbox 4

Some art for you, and a cup of coffee… it doesn’t get much better than that. I start you off with an amazing quote I heard this week that made me smile:

Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself. -George Bernard Shaw

I love this quote… I reinvented my life years ago, and realized that I didn’t need to find myself. As it turns out, I was there all along. I think I was too busy trying to find myself in other people and trying to be something I wasn’t.

So, I created the life I wanted, because I wasn’t going to find it sitting there, just waiting for me.

I also like putting myself outside of my comfort zone… Like painting live on stage in front of hundreds of people.

Rafi Perez Live Painting Vinyl
Rafi Perez Live Painting Vinyl Music Hall In Pensacola

Every year, I look at how I feel about my life, and reinvent myself a little. I think it’s an ongoing thing… The sweet adventure of life.

Anyhow, we’ve had a creative week in the studio. I just finished some pretty amazing pieces that will be displayed in a downtown Pensacola business.

Of course, the beautiful Klee has finished some amazing pieces… Probably because she’s a creative genius and all that.

Here are some of our creations this week:

“Harmony In Chaos” Woven Sterling Silver Cuff

Klee Angelie Jewelry

This is a redesign of one of my absolute favorite original designs. About eight feet of Sterling silver wire gets woven into itself to create this very random looking, yet harmonious flow. Eleven accent beads of 14k yellow/rose gold fill, and black tourmaline are nested atop the woven design like a constellation or shimmering pebbles in a creek bed. Eleven accent beads represent a balance, and eleven is my favorite number. Historically, within some belief systems, eleven represents disorder or chaos. Interestingly, within other symbolism it represents justice and balance, self awareness and spiritual awakening. So therein, we find harmony and chaos. It’s meant to look like something that could have been created by Mother Nature herself, yet you can see the human intention in the design as well.

-Klee

Eight Sides To The Deep Blue

Rafi Perez Art

This is part of a series that was inspired by the calming sounds of the ocean.  It just came to me, this image of the octopus in the serene quiet blue of the ocean. -Rafi

 

“Silver Elm” Sterling Silver And Pyrite Tree of Life

Klee Angelie Jewelry

When I was creating this pendant, feelings of Autumn breezes, warm and cool color tones, and crisp fresh air filled my mind and danced through my imagination. Fall is my favorite season and this tree which seemed to whisper “I am a magical, strong and flexible Elm, favorite home to the elves.” Was a representation of everything I love about Autumn. It sits gracefully on a faceted pyrite stone, the “Stone of Luck” said to create good energy, good fortune and feelings of upliftment.

-Klee

The Harmony Of Reason And Imagination

Rafi Perez Art

The numbers and Geo lines represent reason and logic. The combining of colors and lines represent imagination. The fact that you see a place in your mind, or even a story, from all that randomness is quite amazing. It’s imagination and reason, coming together… creating a world that lives only within your mind.

-Rafi

Have an amazing week! You are awesome! Remember to stay endlessly inspired by the stuff of life!

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A Beautiful Painting Of A Beautiful Girl

Every once in a while I create a piece that causes me to step back and say “Holy crap… I did that?”

This is one of those pieces.

Rafi Perez Painting Of Klee
Rafi Perez Painting Of Klee

It is a depiction of the most beautiful woman I know, surrounded by white doves. The painting symbolizes silent power, peace, and love.

Usually, when I model, or ask Klee to model, I just use the image as a reference for shadows and perspective. This time, I was so taken by the photograph, and the beautiful expression on her face, that  I did not deviate much.

Rafi Perez Painting Of Klee
Rafi Perez Painting Of Klee

Of course, no doves were harmed in the making of this painting. There were no doves in the actual photograph because… well, I didn’t have any, and that would have been messy.

White doves, are used in a variety of settings as symbols of love, peace or as messengers. Doves have appear in symbolism for hundreds of years, and by just about all religions. I wanted them to seem as though they were coming from within her, as if she was sending out, pure positive energy to the world.

Her eyes hold a silent confidence, and emit love… A very powerful look.

Rafi Perez Painting Of Klee
Rafi Perez Painting Of Klee

So there you have it, a beautiful painting of a beautiful girl.

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Art Creations For Your Inbox – No. 3

Happy Sunday! I start you off with an amazing quote I heard this week that made me smile:

“Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself, in your way of thinking.” -Marcus Aurelius

Rafi and klee
Rafi and klee

This week is the beginning of the holiday awesomeness for us. Which means we’ll be spending a lot of time in the studio. We also have a full schedule of festivals, shows, and some new creations in the works. Enjoy this weeks creations:

Rustic Hammer Textured Cuff Bracelets

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“I love texture; how something feels to the touch and how a rich texture can appeal visually as well as physically. These hammer forged bracelets are full of the kind of rustic elegant textures that I adore.”

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“There’s something that’s old world meets contemporary about them. And watching them take form as I’m creating them, it never gets old for me.” -Klee

The Deep Blue

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“This is part of a series that was inspired by the calming music that came on Pandora in the studio. It just came to me, this image of the Blue Whale in the serene quiet blue of the ocean.” -Rafi

“Sanctuary” Garden Quartz Necklace

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Garden Quartz is a fascinating variety of included Quartz crystal, with inclusions of different mineral types and colors which often resemble vibrant gardens or underwater scenes. Each one is unique, no two are ever the same. I call this the ‘sanctuary series’ because each one is like a personal secret garden.” -Klee

Quiet Passion

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“The holding of the white rose to symbolize the quiet passion that flows through our inspiration.” -Rafi

Willow Tree With Blue Sapphire “Stars”

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“This very thoughtful anniversary/birthday gift was an awesome commission project for some people that I love most dearly. I was happy to take on the challenge and create this willow tree with blue sapphire stars dangling above it. It has all kinds of number symbology represented within the design, and can be worn at three different lengths.” -Klee

Butterflies

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” It never fails, show me a butterfly, and watch me stare in awe. This piece brings the magic I feel to life.” -Rafi

Have an amazing week! You are awesome! Remember to stay endlessly inspired by the stuff of life!

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Pensacola Mural Is Finished!

It has been an interesting journey, full of hot, inferno like days, and epic downpours, but I am proud to announce that my mural, in beautiful downtown Pensacola, is finished!

If you are in Pensacola, you can see it at Marty Campbell Gallery, located at  114 Palafox Pl, Pensacola, FL 32502

Downtown Pensacola Mural By Rafi Perez
Downtown Pensacola Mural By Rafi Perez

I wanted to capture the beauty, and history of this amazing town. The aliveness in a flowing work of art, that expresses how awesome the people, and this town have been to me. So, thank you Pensacola, this is my gift to you, hope you like it.

Downtown Pensacola Mural By Rafi Perez
Downtown Pensacola Mural By Rafi Perez

This town has been so supportive of me and my art career, that I wanted to give something back to express my gratitude.

When the opportunity arose to do this mural, I thought long and hard about the message that I wanted to express.

Downtown Pensacola Mural By Rafi Perez
Downtown Pensacola Mural By Rafi Perez

If there is anything I have learned from this experience, it is that your mindset is everything. It has been overwhelming, amazing, problematic, fantastic, and enlightening. The weather and some of the politics involved, could have easily caused my mind to downward spiral, and it did for a few moments. Luckily, I’m too stubbornly positive.

So, the power behind staying positive, no matter what obstacles stood in my way, made all the difference. Staying in tune with why I was creating the mural in the first place, was more important than drama. It shows in the work, and shows me how important it is to stay tuned to love.

That is my message.

The other thing I’ve learned, is to never schedule a mural in the middle of a deadly Summer heat wave. Just sayin.

Downtown Pensacola Mural By Rafi Perez
Downtown Pensacola Mural By Rafi Perez

Toward the end of the project, I asked for quotes from the amazing people that have a connection with myself and Pensacola. They are hidden among the images in the Mural. The response was so positive that I ended up with way more quotes than I can fit into the design. All the quotes were so amazing that I’m saving unused quotes for future projects.

Downtown Pensacola Mural By Rafi Perez
Downtown Pensacola Mural By Rafi Perez

The quotes in the downtown Pensacola Mural:

Be brave. –Jamie Hullenbaugh

Love makes magic happen! -Brandi Rodeghero

This is going to be the kind of year you THINK it’s going to be”. – Daniel Grooms

Thank you God for another day! – Cherie

What would you do if you knew you could not fail. – Phyllis R.

In order to truly move forward, we must let go of the past. – Jessa

Listen with your heart, feel with your soul. – Cera M

Do you know why you’re the best? You’re the best because you’re …you. – Jim Billy Barnes

The only consistent thing in life is the inconsistencies. – Catawissa Mo

It’s best to be a first rate version of yourself than a second rate version of somebody else. – Jennifer

May we always be endlessly inspired by the stuff of life. – Klee Angelie

Make today so awesome yesterday gets jealous. – Amanda and Aaron

Make it better. – Terri

Breathe in, breath out, move on – Peggy Cole

Spend your life doing strange things with weird people. – Tiffany Patton

“Adapt. Improvise, Overcome.” –The Marines -Lorraine

You are beautiful. – Daniella M

Laughter is the sunshine of life. – Ruth Stone

Listen with your heart, feel with your soul. – Cera Mc

The world would be a pretty boring place if we were all poured out of the same mold. – Sharon Price

Do more than just exist. – Pearl P.

Downtown Pensacola Mural By Rafi Perez
Downtown Pensacola Mural By Rafi Perez

Thank you so much to everyone that has supported me, I love you guys.

On to the next awesome project!

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Tips for beginning artists No.1

These are 5 Tips For Beginning Artist. If you are an aspiring artist, or you know an aspiring artist that may benefit from this, feel free to share and enjoy.

Every Monday, I dedicate some of my daily efforts to giving back information that would have been valuable to me when starting my artist career. This is a very basic list of things that were extremely helpful in my perception and practice of art.

Rafi Was Here Studios
Rafi Was Here Studios

You want to grow up and be an artists? Here’s five tips that helped me become an artist.

Draw… A lot. Carry a sketchbook with you, and draw whenever you get a chance. The more you draw, the better you become at translating a mental image to paper.

Great art takes hard work… It takes a lot of work, so don’t allow yourself to get discouraged if something is not looking the way you want it to… Just keep trying, you only fail at it, if you give up.

Use a reference image. Take pictures of what you want to create, and reference them in your sketches. I usually have myself, or Klee model for what I am looking for. Take notice of lighting and shadows in your photo. For some of us, it helps to bring the fuzzy image in the mind to life.

Get used to rejection. You are going to get rejected. You are also going to have people say that either your work, or you suck. You’ll have thousands more praise you, but if you can’t handle the few that will reject your work, it may keep you from moving forward.

See if there is any genuine feedback and learn from it, but if not, just delete it. The biggest tool an artist has in his, or her arsenal is confidence, and confidence is something you can develop.

Be unique and be successful. So, copying what’s popular in art may bring success, but it’s only short term and really not worth it. Doing things your own way may take longer to gain success, but man is it worth it. Trust me, if you are creating what is popular, chances are you are doing something just for the money… That’s not going to help you grow, and you’ll stagnate as an artist.

Either way, choose what you love and stick with it, because what’s popular won’t last, but your uniqueness will.

Let me know what you guys think, or if you have anything to add.

Thank you guys! You are awesome!

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Art Creations In Your Inbox – No. 1

Happy Sunday! This week has been an interesting one for us, full of website crashes, eye injuries, and a near-wet experience at the market. All that being said, the results are awesome. Our website is now a bazillion times better than it was, I took time to relax and gather my thoughts on what to create next, and we had more time to work on things in the studio. Plus, I decided that every Sunday I would post “Art Creations In Your Inbox” and show you what we’ve been working on.

The Patronus Charm By Rafi Perez

“Needless to say, I am a nerd. I love all things fantasy and sci-fi, so after Klee and I had a Harry Potter marathon, this piece is what came of it. It is called “The Patronus Charm” and is based on the concept that J.K Rowling had for the dementors and getting rid of them. Dementors are metaphors for depression, and the Patronus charm is what repells them by focusing on happy powerful thoughts. Yep, told you… nerd. Oh, and yeah… It glows in the dark. My plan is to create different patronus animals in the future, or by request.” -Rafi

Vertical Bar Pendants By Klee Angelie

605ce56e-d951-4fd6-abc2-d76ee880484d-1“These are my new favorite thing to make and wear, featuring rustic hammered texture on one side and stamping on the other. They are reversible and personal.” -Klee

My Guardian Power By Rafi Perez

“The beautiful Klee Angelie modeled for this piece. It represents my belief in guardian angels. Yep, when I was a kid, I felt like there was something that protected me, but instead of fluffy, fat little angels, I felt it was a bad ass.” -Rafi

Swan Lake By Klee Angelie

img_1387“This moonstone was especially cool to work with, because it has a black tourmaline inclusion on the backside that looks just like a swan.” -Klee

Autumn Sky By Rafi Perez

img_8378“There is something magical about Autumn. The changing colors of leaves, The brisk cool air, and the feeling that anything is possible, is why I love the Fall so much. This piece captures that for me.” -Rafi

Pyrite Ring By Klee Angelie

img_1064 “I’ve been experimenting with a style of raw and elegant looking ‘Claw Prong’ settings and I absolutely love how this Pyrite and Sterling ring turned out.” -Klee

Have an awesome week! You guys are great!

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The Pendulum By Rafi Perez

Recently, I sold a piece I created called “The Pendulum” to an amazing woman that I consider a dear friend. She told me, that the moment she laid eyes on it, she couldn’t stop thinking about it.

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This piece seemed to speak to her, the way it spoke to me when I created it.

It’s a portrait of Mother Earth and Father Time, in their relationship with the world and each other. His imagery is cloaked in the vastness of the universe, representing time and space. She is wrapped in the growth and beauty of the earth. She also dominates the scene, relaxed and supported by time as she basks in her sunshine.

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This scene symbolizes our perception. That moment when time stands still, and nature surrounds us. We become part of that nature, and time lowers his head and relinquishes the illusion of control over our lives.

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The piece is meant to introduce you to the decision we make every moment, of every day. You have a choice, to focus on time, or focus on the beauty that surrounds you. Focusing on the moment, is focusing on nature, causing time to slow down and fully experiencing the moment of right now.

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Focusing on time or the lack there of, causes time to dominate, and the natural world gets lost in your thoughts.That’s when you loose your grip on right now.

The interesting thing is that time will always take a backseat to nature… If we just stop, listen, look, and choose.

-Rafi

 

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Be Nimble Series and Superstitions

The Be Nimble series is all about superstition. I wanted to create something that had a familiar concept to everyone who saw it, but still held a little mystery. I’m sure you know “Jack be nimble, Jack be quick, Jack jumped over the candlestick.” But do you know why Jack jumps over the candlestick?

 

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Back in the day, people would take turns jumping over a candlestick at a wedding ceremonies. Who ever blew out the candle could expect a year of bad luck… So basically, if you had been “celebrating” for a while, chances were that your drunk butt would get burned.

In my painting Jack is dramatically jumping over the candlestick to mock some of the weird superstitions we have in every day life. I know I have quite a few. Things like, knocking on wood or saying bread and avoiding the path of a black cat is just a couple of my superstitious quirks.

What weird superstitions do you have?

 

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This Art Will Make You Smile – Compassion Project

On March 5th Klee and I attended an event called “Curated Compassion” in which several artist showcased art installations that would interact with the viewer. We set up a piece that would allow for several people to be involved in the creation of a beautiful work. We had over 30 people put their hands in the clay (or magnets) and helped create this amazing work of art. Thank you to everyone involved in making this project beautiful… Enjoy.