Wearable Fine Art - Some of my Favorite Things

I love the intimacy of small works, especially those packed with meaning that can be held in your hand.  In this series, I set out to paint miniature scenes of symbols that have played an important role in my life. I hope these small wearable pieces of art will act as reminders to explore the world, and see magic in the ordinary. Each watercolor is painted in the same scale as the jewelry. You can purchase the wearable fine art in my shop. Please inquire about the availability of original watercolors at art@ansherman.com


Monumental in Miniature, watercolor on Arches HP 300 LB, 4x4 in. 2019

Monumental in Miniature, watercolor on Arches HP 300 LB, 4x4 in. 2019

Monumental in Miniature (Glacier Perito Moreno) Pendant, 25x35 mm glass cabochon, 2019  CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE

Monumental in Miniature (Glacier Perito Moreno) Pendant, 25x35 mm glass cabochon, 2019 CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE

The Perito Moreno Glacier located in Argentine Patagonia is 97 square miles of ice and ever-changing. It seems to go on forever disappearing in the mist. The colors are so extraordinary it’s almost hard to believe they exist in this context. I enjoy the contrast of a subject so vast depicted in such a small manner. This piece is intended to assist the wearer in tapping into the monumental power of nature no matter the location.


The Awakening, watercolor on Arches HP 300 LB, 4x4 in. 2019

The Awakening, watercolor on Arches HP 300 LB, 4x4 in. 2019

The Awakening Bracelet, 25mm glass cabochon, 2019  CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE

The Awakening Bracelet, 25mm glass cabochon, 2019 CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE

Kate Chopin’s 1899 feminist novel by the same title looms large in my list of favorite books. Edna Pontellier’s awakening takes place by the ocean, which Chopin employs as a powerful metaphor for freedom. The style of the painting is an homage to the American Impressionist painter, Childe Hassam. His seascapes have the power to transport the viewer in space and time. I feel that we should not go too long without seeing the ocean, experiencing the pull of the tides on our bodies, and hearing the waves crash against or gently kiss the shore.


Moonlight Sonata, watercolor on Arches HP 300 LB, 4x4 in. 2019

Moonlight Sonata, watercolor on Arches HP 300 LB, 4x4 in. 2019

Moonlight Sonata Bracelet, 25mm glass cabochon, 2019  CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE

Moonlight Sonata Bracelet, 25mm glass cabochon, 2019 CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE

This piece is created from memories of moonlit walks out in nature. When there is no artificial light everything is bathed in the most magical silvery light. The title refers to Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata, which I think is one of the most beautiful and moving pieces of piano music I have ever heard, it never fails to stir my soul. The style of my painting also pay homage to Thomas Gainsborough, one of my favorite 18th century English painters.


Door of Perception, watercolor on Arches HP 300 LB, 4x4 in. 2019

Door of Perception, watercolor on Arches HP 300 LB, 4x4 in. 2019

Door of Perception Pendant, 30 x 40 mm glass cabochon, 2019  CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE

Door of Perception Pendant, 30 x 40 mm glass cabochon, 2019 CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE

Whenever I travel I end up taking pictures of doors. They are symbolic of many things… frames, opportunities, paths, endings, and new beginnings. This doorway is from the garden of Compton castle in England, opening to a view of the Blue Ridge mountains in Virginia where I grew up. This piece is a place of imagination of eras long past and impossible vistas. The title is after Aldous Huxley’s 1954 book, The Doors of Perception, which was influenced by the Romantic painter, printer, and poet William Blake’s quote “If the doors of perception were cleansed every thing would appear to man as it is, Infinite. For man has closed himself up, till he sees all things thro' narrow chinks of his cavern.”


Swallows on the Ridge, watercolor on Arches HP 300 LB, 4 x 4 in. 2019

Swallows on the Ridge, watercolor on Arches HP 300 LB, 4 x 4 in. 2019

Swallows on the Ridge Pendant, 25x35 mm glass cabochon, 2019  CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE

Swallows on the Ridge Pendant, 25x35 mm glass cabochon, 2019 CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE

I have always loved to watch swallows in flight. They are incredible aerialists, and they chatter with such joy as they soar through the air riding currents, it is hard not to smile. They symbolize joyfulness and freedom. This painting is a view of the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia, the place where I grew up, and feel a sense of peace and deep connection to nature.


The Octopus’s Garden, watercolor on Arches HP 300 LB, 4 x 4 in. 2019

The Octopus’s Garden, watercolor on Arches HP 300 LB, 4 x 4 in. 2019

Octopus’s Garden Pendant, 30 x 40 mm glass cabochon, 2019  CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE

Octopus’s Garden Pendant, 30 x 40 mm glass cabochon, 2019 CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE

Octopuses are endlessly fascinating to me. They are highly intelligent, (I always appreciate that quality in another being) mostly solitary, mysterious, and incredibly resourceful. Not to mention they can change color at will!  Did you know that it’s extremely difficult to keep octopuses in captivity? They are true escape artists! Sadly, they don’t always make it back to the ocean. Can you imagine experiencing the world as an octopus? I highly recommend the book which was a part of the inspiration for this painting: The Soul of an Octopus A surprising exploration into the wonder of consciousness by Sy Montgomery.

Twister Pendant, 30 x 40 mm glass cabochon, 2019  CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE

Twister Pendant, 30 x 40 mm glass cabochon, 2019 CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE

I like the idea of something so large being depicted on a miniature scale. I’ve painted twisters for many years in many different forms. At times, they represent my struggles or difficult emotions, and at others the power of ideas, sweeping through the landscape, or something new on the horizon. I hope that this will act as a secret confidence booster, bringing the energy of a twister to the wearer.

Papaver Somniferum Bracelet, 25mm glass cabochon, 2019  CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE

Papaver Somniferum Bracelet, 25mm glass cabochon, 2019 CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE

The poppy is a stunning flower in all of its stages. The gorgeous green of the unopened bud is soft, fuzzy, ethereal, and gives one little idea of the incredible vibrancy within. The pod after blooming is sculptural, and when shaken becomes an instrument. The red flower in full bloom makes me think of passion, love, and life. Simultaneously, the poppy has a dark side, it’s history with humans is long and tumultuous. It is a symbol associated with pain relief, Morpheus, sleep, forgetting, and war.