Thursday, January 31, 2013


                  It's amazing how I trip myself up and create setbacks for myself; all by myself.  I want to cry, but instead I laugh about it because I did it all to myself :)

First off, I knew from reading the rating of my professors they weren't going to be the easiest instructors, but I still signed up for their classes.  Then I procrastinated until the middle of the first week of class before I got around to ordering the books I need.  Are they here yet, oh noooooooo.  When's my test? tomorrow.... :)
So that's one setback.

Now, I've been working on my Say Si glass project for a while now.  The first plate, I decided I didn't like my design. Not a problem, I have time..:)  Designed my second piece this week, cut all my glass. Was ready to clean and put in the kiln.  As I walked to the sink I decided to pick up the phone and call my daughter....bad move, my shoulder up and my hand tilted down "SMASH" half of my design was on the floor in many more pieces than I cut.   Back to the cutting board....  SO now I cut the new pieces, cleaned everything and put in my kiln.  Now I was looking at the base of the glass which is  clear circle, and thought to myself "that is big".  Yes, yes, yes, how right I was.  Instead of taking it back out of the kiln and making the base just a tad smaller I fired it anyway.  Guess what?  My piece is about 1/4th of inch too large for my slumping mold.  hhhmmmm. Well now I face another setback, do I start over?  Do I try to adjust the finished piece and re-fire?   Only the day will tell.

I hope I can think things through a litle better next around to avoid all the setbacks I create for myself.  Happy Thursday everyone!!!!

Just an update: As I logged out, my doorbell rang and the postman was there with my 2 books to save the day!!!!

Friday, January 25, 2013

Busy, busy, busy!

Wow! As the spring semester took off this week, I found myself with some very intense, but very talented  instructors.  The demands and challenges are high and I'm hoping to get through the next 15 weeks without anxiety attacks. It feels nothing like last semester where everyone was laid back and the instructors were fun to work with.  Oh well, I'm there to learn and get the most out of it.

On another note, my wonderful husband, brother and brother in-law helped to complete the interior of my studio space and installed beautiful french doors! It is not completely finished, but when it is I will post pics!

An exciting little tid-bit, I was invited (again) by Say Si to participate in their small scale art auction.  I'm working on a piece to donate, and hope to have the it ready to deliver by next weekend :)

Did you know that February 8th is National Kite Flying Day? It's one of my favorite days of the year!
I love flying kites, especially on the beach:)

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Rockaway Beach Sunset

    Recently, I have had the pleasure in making a new friend on Facebook, Michael Schor. Michael is a photographer taking absolutely stunning photographs of sunrises and sunsets on the shores of Rockaway Beach, NY.  However, before we became friends, another friend of mine on Facebook "liked" one of his photos, (which I loved upon seeing) and asked if I could use the photograph for a project, which he gracefully agreed. The last few weeks I have been working on it and finally thought if I don't stop now, I'll never feel that its finished.

Although I just started painting in the fall of 2012, I find pleasure in it and hope that my skills will grow as I continue on this new journey.   A heartfelt thank you Michael for allowing me to use your photograph!

                                           30" x 36" acrylic

I loved living in Rockaway and waking up to the ocean and the sunrises.  In the evenings I would climb the life guard chair and watch the sky as the sunset!

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Happy New Year!

A new day to the new year!!!!
South Padre Island Sunrise  16" x 20" acrylics