One thing about artists... we get bored easily. Well, at least I do. But that is a good thing because boredom spurs creativity. It pushes me to create new beads and designs. When I first started making beads I created ones that had dots, wraps, etc. Somewhere along the way I gravitated to designs that were more about color, shape, texture, and movement. That is when I started making beads in their more basic form. I love the pure color of the glass and it was more about the composition of the piece than the embellishments on the bead. I call my work "compositions" because I feel that all the components of the piece come together to create the piece and to me it is more about the design than the function. Because I started out as a painter and worked in more traditional arts I find myself drawn to creating a palette for the piece the same way I would approach a painting. It's probably also why my workbench looks like a giant painter's palette!
Lately I have had the desire to make more intricate beads again. I have been making "dot" beads and incorporating them into my work as a focal bead. The beads are primarily tonal with lots of layers and texture. I believe they are my new favorites, however, my signature leaf beads will always be my first love.