When you're in the throes of art school, everyone is constantly pinning you in a corner and asking, "Who's your favorite artist?" Most often I produced a sheepish grin and a "gee, I don't know, there are so many to like." BOOOOOOOORING! At this point I would turn the conversation to something a tad bit more interesting like "hey, did you know they're offering Coney Island hot dogs half price at the student union, let's boogie sister!"
I think this was my way of keeping my dirty, little secret all to myself. Well, here it is revealed for all to see. Surprise! Imagine that, but I'm no original, cutting edge artist that stays up late drinking double espressos and contemplating the dark underpinnings of the world. I no longer have yearnings to smear honey on my face and call it art, but rather I quietly devour the work of Sandro Botticelli just like millions of other humdrum souls who consume his amazing paintings through the genius of mass media.
The Birth of Venus is my all time fav, and if you ever catch a travel bug that lands you in Florence, Italy, don't let all the delicious wine and la dolce vita distract you, hot foot it over to the Uffizi Gallery for the most captivating paintings you'll ever see.
At Hint Jewelry, I created this miniature shell charm, a small token to help me remember the beauty of this painting and her story of love and radiance that is like thin, silk veil covering our world.
Aphrodite's Shell, Beth Hemmila, fine silver
Oh, and another thing, sorry to all the Italian enthusiasts, but I've got a serious soft spot for Greeks. I can't help but be enamored with their raucous behavior and intense zest for life so I had to call this keepsake Aphrodite's Shell (the Greek's fancy way of saying Venus).