Saturday, April 22, 2017

Spring in the works

I've been working a large doodle painting again for my "music" series. It felt pretty good working on it, and I'm almost finished! All thats left is the outline and some details left to go! After I'm done painting it I still need to figure out the design of the frames I want to create. It's one of my more brightly colorful paintings and this is the one that makes me hum the "Happy Day's" theme song as I paint.
The past two weekends my husband and I have been working in the front yard and created a walkway. We added Mexican Heather on either side to make it more pleasant looking. I have never seen this type of plant before and it's very interesting to me because the little purple flowers bloom all along the edges of the leaves. I'm pretty pleased with the outcome, even though I didn't line it up with the front door, I just lined it up with the path we had created walking on the grass!
My potted flowers that I received last month for my birthday doubled in size and exploded with colorfull flowers!!

Monday, April 17, 2017

feeling blah

I'm not sick, I just have this blah feeling..... Easter weekend was nice and easy. Cooked a small dinner on Easter Sunday for my husband and oldest son. My younger two couldn't make it home because of their homework/projects, which I can understand. Other than cooking, I just kind of just sat around Sunday thinking about all the things I could do, but just felt like I was holding myself back for no good reason, other than laziness and lack of motivation. I feel a huge sense of boredom in my life. Not sure what to do about it. I ended up painting a bit Sunday night, then watched a movie, which I thought was appropriate for Easter.... Heaven is for real. Anyway, today is a typical Monday at my day job, sitting in front of a computer for 8 hours..... I just feel like I need some happy excitement right about now....
My cactus finally bloomed and smells BEAUTIFUL. the bloom will only last a couple of days...

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

This and that

I started working on my painting tonight. It's been a long while since I worked on it. I started the painting at the end of February and didn't touch it at all through the month of March as I was preparing for the art show creating smaller glass art. Tha painting is very colorful and the song that pops in my head while I work on it is the theme song from "Happy Days" which makes me smile as I hum the song and paint. I can't wait to finish it and see it on the wall! This past weekend was the 5th annual festival of books with over a hundred authors speaking about the books they recently published. The schedule was jam packed throughout the day. I looked forward to this event every year, and this is my the third year attending. I prepared my list the day the calendar came out and I had my schedule of authors ready that I wanted to go see. I didnt have anyone listed from 10-11am so I walked around the festival and had such a great time just looking at all the wonderful books all these authors had published! I ended up buying a few books and left just a bit early and skipped the last two authors I wanted to see. I ended up going to an antique/classic book store not too far frokm the library and picked up a couple of Charles Dickens books, "The Pickwick papers" and "The old curiosty shop". Lets see if I can Get myself to read them now. overall it was a fun weekend!

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Art show and artists

The 55th annual starving artist show, that is what I participated in this weekend. Over two hundred artist participated. Saturday was a slooowwww, cloudy with some rain showers throughout the day and I only made one sale for $5.......it felt like a very long day, Sunday morning we got some major thunder storms that passed through and then the sun came out about 11am and it was a beautiful day! People actually came out to the event and shopped! I shared a space with a friend of mine since I really didn't have enough to fill a 10'x10'. I am so glad that she was there and agreed to share the space since we both had to pay the full entry fee even on shared spaces. Her work is amazing, both her pottery and her glass. We both had a successful weekend and I enjoyed her company. This is my table:
This is Linda's table:
In addition to our entry fee 10% of all our sales go to the La Vallita church to feed the hungry. Its a great fund raiser since they serve mostly the elderly and disabled on fixed incomes. With my 10% put aside from my sales, I did a little shopping for myself. Two booths over from us, a young, very talented oil painter was painting an ocean scene, I glanced over to a completed lake scene and asked for a price fully expecting it to be well over my price range. He stunned me when he said $30! I bought it, and had to force him to sign his piece... he said he didn't like his name or the way his signature came out so he doesn't sign his pieces. I think he actually lost a couple of customers because of this.... I hope he decides to start signing his artwork. His name is Brandon Treacy. Here it is 18"x 14":
I also bought four pottery bowl from a man across from us. I asked him how his sales were going and they weren't great. He had family and friends buy, along with a couple of repeat customers. all of his pottery was the same color, different designs, lead free, very well made, and he didn't have prices on them. I asked for prices and again I was floored how reasonable they were. I bought four bowls (6"diameter) at $4.00 each...
So the topper on my day was friend who was selling at the show came by and gave me a gift! A matted print of one of her BEAUTIFUL pieces!!!!!!!!! I was over the moon! Thank you Katrina!!! Katrina is a fabric/rope artists with her own style. I have never seen anything like it before, and I love her work! Here is a picture of my print and Katrina Gorman's website is here

Friday, March 31, 2017

so much stuff going on....

I am getting ready for my art show this weekend at La Villita Starving Artists show. It's the 55th year and there are supposed to be around 200 artists participating. It's been stressful trying to get ready for it, and I was highly disappointed that my crosses weren't cut at the waterjet company by the deadline I needed to prepare them for the show. So instead of having 25+ crosses I have 5. Five crosses that I cut by hand on my saw..... I ended up picking my glass up from them and as I was leaving I felt tempted to look into buying my own water jet machine... Of course reality hits when the smallest water jet machine costs around $6,000. On a positive note, I went and ordered a specialty cake for my daughters graduation in May. I was excited that the baker could create an actual architecture cake with line drawings and a cityscape! Their cakes are amazing! I was introduced to them at Say Si, where they provided mini cupcakes to all the guests. I don't know how many I ate, but I kept going back for the Mexican Chocolate cupcakes. So of course I had to order the first tier in Mexican chocolate with chocolate ganache, and the second tier lemon cake with strawberry filling. The topper will have some tools of the trade made out of chocolate. I also left with a dozen cupcakes!!! The name of the bakery is Oh Yeah Cakes! and they actually have their bakery in a retired train cab. Here's my favorite!!!

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Say Si final auction

Last night was the final night and silent auction for Say Si small scale for big change. Overall the artwork was amazing. I got out bid on evry single peice of art. The disappointing part for me was the majority of student art that I wanted to bid on was already sold on the "buy it now" online auction. That's ok thoughI was really happy that the auction was such a success! My art piece that I donated bid upto $70.00, and I was tickled pink watching the signatures adding up on the sheet. It's a great feeling knowing that they liked my piece. It motivated me so much that I was in the garage working on some pieces for next weeks show early this morning. My kiln is already on with three small pieces, and a larger piece waiting to be fired on the table. So last night I was supposed to go with a friend from work, and she backed out. Then my two artist friends that I meet up with there every year, decided that they werent going to go to the auction since they are preparing to leave town to teach a class next week. So I did a little pleading with my hubby to go with me so I wouldnt be alone and he obliged... and again...kept me with my budget. Here's a picture of us, the silent auction theme last night was 1967. Oh yeah I couldn't eat enough Mexican chocolate mini cupckaes by "Oh Yeah Cakes" check them out at www.ohyeahcakes.com

Thursday, March 23, 2017

ready for Spring!

Yesterday after work my husband and I decided it was time to pot the herbs, re-pot some of the plants and go out and get some flowers for our mailbox.
By the time we got home form the store getting a bag of dirt and flowers it was already dusk, so we ended up planting and re-potting everything in the dark, but it all looked pretty this morning!
During the freeze this year I lost two rose bushes, but the rest of the rose garden is looking lively and we have a couple of blooms already. I can't wait to go pick out some more pretty rose bushes to replace the one I lost. I love roses!!!

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Just some thoughts with a lot of unanswered questions

Let me be upfront: I am NOT a medical professional nor any kind of scientist, and I have no background in biology. I sometimes think about Cancer and Autism, and wonder why these occur. Let start with Cancer: I have read stories and articles in the past where couples will become sick with cancer and diagnosed within months or even weeks apart. It makes me wonder, did they pass through some radioactive area together that they weren't aware. Did they eat some chemically tainted food in the past that created the cancer cells? Did they breathe in polluted air while traveling somewhere, maybe even walking in their neighborhood? It make me wonder why and what is triggering the cancer? Those same thoughts occur to me when an individual get cancer as well, but it seems more strange when couples get sick within a small time frame of each other. What outside elements are triggering this. I also wonder if it could be airborne. I have read several articles about research doctors, who actually get diagnosed with the same cancer that they are researching... what is that about???? How about young surgeons that remove malignant tumors and get diagnosed with cancer. Cancer seems to be classified; breast, lung, brain and so on. what if it is just one thing that just happens to land in that space of our body through air or food and nothing more than that? How about Autism? Is it the tests that pregnant women take as part of the prenatal care? Is it because of GMO food, chemically preserved and processed food, is it the pesticides? Maybe the preservatives in vaccines, is it in the air that we breathe???????? WTF is it? That's what is running through my head today.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Kataifi

We are just wrapping up Spring Break. My kids are planning on leaving today to go back to their perspective schools, and I need to get back to my regular routine now. I'm already missing them as they get ready. We had fun this week just being together. On Friday, I took the day off from work and we spent my birthday watching Beauty and the Beast, followed by a Mediterranean dinner. it was nice change from the usual restaurants we go to and we got to try something different. Even though my boys were like "this tastes just like the stew you make", it was great I wasnt the one having to cook on my birthday! Saturday I had a house full of family. My mother in law, two brother in laws and my sister and law came to visit for the first time since we moved to this house. My husband bbq'd lunch and I cooked my corned beef and cabbage for dinner. We all had nice day together. Last noght I decided to make Kataifi, which is a desert exactly like baklava except the filo dough is shredded. I just ran across the shredded dough for the first time since I left New York 25 years ago. My aunt would always make this treat, and I love ied it! It turned out pretty good last night!!!

Monday, March 13, 2017

copyright laws and all that.......

Last week I created the little fused glass piece with Elizabeth Stone's quote “Making the decision to have a baby is momentous, etc... Well I gave that as a gift to a woman I know who just had a baby at 27 weeks. The piece came out so cute that I really wanted to make more of these fused glass quotes to sell, but then I did some research about copyright laws. If the quote is prior to 1923, you can pretty much use it. If the author is alive and well and is a professor at Fordham University, you need to get her permission. I decided not to bother her, and NOT to create any art to sell with her quotes. There are a bunch of other copyright laws in between 1923 and today, and I think they are all important. I wouldn't want someone stealing and making a profit off of art I originally created, so this is no different. So over the weekend I switched gears and drew out some flowers on a piece of 4"x5" glass, and a park with lamp posts on a 6"x9" piece of glass. I took them out of the kiln this morning and when I looked at the flowers I thought I had blurred vision, but it was the flowers that were blurred.... almost like they were the reflection of flowers from the water... I think it may make people dizzy looking at them. As far as the lamp posts in the park, I think I need to add some more details to it. I will post pictures of these pieces when they are "fixed". Here is an informative link by Emily McDowell about using quotes in artwork/products. I love the easy to read chart! Wishing for a beach day right about now!!!

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Fresh out of the kiln

I came home last night and put a very small project in the kiln around 7pm, wishing I had more time to create just one or two small items since there would be room in the kiln. i Iidn't have that luxury of time. I don't like to sleep with the kiln on so I want make sure it finishes by 11:30 so I can go to bed without fear. I opend the kiln this morning and am pleased with the results. . I really love Elizabeth Stone's quote and wanted to put it in glass. This about 4" x 5". I will be making more with different colors and designs.

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Empty bowls

Today was the 17th annual SAMMinistries "empty bowls" fundraiser at The Southwest School of Arts. The fundraiser is all about helping the homeless in our community. Every year the San Antonio Pottery guild members donate pottery bowls for the fundraiser, and the last few years the San Antonio Glass art guild started to participate by donating glass bowls.  People come out pick a bowl or bowls, pay $20 for each bowl then get a ticket for each bowl they purchased and get a bowl of soup and bread from one of the many restaurants around town that donate the soup. (The soup is served in to go containers, if you were wondering, not in the bowls purchased) . There were over 2500 bowls donataed and the event was held from 11-2 today. I got there with my hubby about noon and most of the bowls were gone! I found out through some of my friends that were volunteering today that there was a rush of people when the gates opened at 11am and 80% of the glass bowls were gone within the first 5 minutes! At least there was still somewhat of a variety of pottery bowls to pick from.   My husband and I always have fun each picking a bowl for ourselves and eating great soup for lunch!  It's a wonderful way to participate for a good cause. This year was the first time that they completely sold out of bowls!!!!!

My bowl

My hubby's bowl

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Say Si Silent Auction starts now!!

It felt good to wake up to the SaySi Small Scale Big Change email this morning. I went through all the artwork of 190 participating artists (including me!). The artwork is beautiful and the online bidding starts today!  You can check out all the art work here!   

I went for a brief walk and it is spring in Texas. The flowers are blooming and I just had to take some pictures!


Pebbles came along on my walk and we ended up at our neighborhood park. The swings were empty so I decided to get on and go for a swing. She was eagerly waiting for me to get off so we can continue our walk through the park.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Colors

Last night I came home, cooked a quick dinner and had to overcome the whole fused glass staple incident by heading upstairs to the loft to an abstract I started at the beginning  of the month. It's a continuation of my music abstracts. San Antonio is known for Fiesta in April and when I hear the Flaminco music and the mariachis playing I see the colorful rhythm of Fiesta. Between last night and tonight I'm almost finished adding all the colors. It feels good to let my mind get lost in the painting.
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On another note, the book I ordered last week arrived today, " When breath becomes air" by Paul Kalanithi. It's about a medical student on his way to becoming a neurosurgeon when he becomes ill with terminal cancer. When I read an excerpt online, I knew I had to read the book.

 Another book on my list to read is a book my youngest son bought me for Christmas "behind the beautiful forevers" by Katherine Boo. The story takes place in Annawadi, which is a makeshift settlement in Mumbai.  This book has won quite a few awards and is on the New York best seller list.

I'm looking forward to reading both of them and can't decide which one to read first.



Monday, February 27, 2017

It's just Monday

I always look forward to the weekend, making plans, writing lists of all the things I'm going to do on Saturday and Sunday and how artistically productive I'm going to be on the weekend.  Sometimes, it just doesn't work that way, I get side tracked.  I read all these posts on Facebook "sell more art",  "sell art online", "create your page to sell your art", but no one says "get off the couch and create your art"  "Stop dusting and create art",  "pull out your sketchbook and create your designs", Motivate yourself to create".

I can draw and plan all week, Monday thru Friday, and when the weekend comes around, I lose my motivation...... what is that about? Maybe I need to get rid of the TV and recliner....

Now I'm at my 8-5, between files, thinking about what I could have created yesterday..... I had this intricate black powder drawing that I was starting, but then, I thought this is going to take me hours to draw out, so I put it to the side and created something fast, not intentional, and it wasn't in my original plan at all.  The kicker of the whole thing was that a staple from a bag of crushed  glass fell onto my piece and I didn't even notice until I took it out of the kiln this morning. Needless to say staple or no staple, I didn't like the outcome.  wasted time, wasted material.... now in a junk drawer....

I need to set my intention, and stick to it.

Here is a lovely picture of the burned into glass staple.
 

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Change is in the air

Waking up this morning with a chill in the air, the sun shining, and the birds chirping in my back yard, I decided to come downstairs and have a quiet cup of coffee while Tiger sits in my lap purring.

As  I open the blinds the sunlight hits everything in the room and I can see how much dust has accumulated on everything...... just one more thing to add to my list today to clean. Right now though all I can think about is the events of yesterday, and contemplate my future.  It was a work day as usual, or so I thought, that was until a phone call in the evening that things may change, and the feeling I have is that I might not have job in the near future. After 15 years in the same cubicle, change is hard, even though I claim to love change.....  I won't go into any specific detail, but I have to consider my future and how I approach this. One might consider sitting back and just let chips fall where they may, but others, like myself, would like to know where my immediate future is going and where my pay check may be coming from.  I shared my news with the peolple of my art group and all they could see was me sellling my art as my occupation.  I feel that is easier said than done.  I will embrace whatever comes my way and go with the flow.

Now, on another note, since joining the San Antonio Glass Guild  again, I have been going to the meetings and this past Thursday I attended what they call a "make and take". We got together at Stouffer Studio and Gail, the owner of the studio donated over 100 pounds of clear scrap glass. She guided us on making glass hearts from small pieces of broken chopped up glass in several layers to be fired on a tac fuse, which basically means the broken shards will stick together, but not completely melt.  We each had the choice of either donating the hearts towards a fund raiser, which the actual benefactor hasn't yet been decided on, or we could take them home. I decided to donate mine.  It was a fun get together and I enjoyed seeing all the members that attended. 

Monday, February 20, 2017

Sunshine after the storm

It's about 5pm and I'm sitting on the back deck, in the sun writing on my ipad.  Last night wicked storms blew through Texas with torando warnings, and I was hoping it wasn't going to continue today like the weatherman had predicitied. I woke up this morning with some serious gray clouds and drove to my 9am gallery appointment without a drop of rain falling. The roads were wet but the highway was pretty empty with a lot of people off for President's Day, including me.
I arrived promptly at 9 and took a tour of there stained glass gallery, it was impressive to say the least.  The style, color and designs where phenomenal, and the craftsmanship was the best I have ever seen in person. After my gallery tour, I was guided through the design area, then to a workshop within the building. To my surprise we went out the back door to a HUGE workshop where all the glass is stored, and there were huge worktables through out the entire building, all I could say to my host, "I want to live here". I didn't think anything like this existed so close to home. I was amazed.

After the tour I presented my most recent style of work and they seem to like it, and want to include it in the gallery.  However, l did pull out of my  purse a cross had made a few years ago to show them. They LOVED it! I think my crosses will fit well amongst the Christian themed windows. Now I just have to figure out waht I am going to use as bails and what type of adhesive.  The adhesives have disappointed me over the years as they tend to pop off. However, I am excited again to create some new crosses.



My newest piece out of the kiln this morning,I mounted it and took it with my other pieces
"Left luggage" fused glass 7"x9"


2" dichro fused glass cross I made this one for my hubby years ago

Thursday, February 16, 2017

an opportunity

I really do love my husband!  My hubby works all over the southern district of Texas and when he came upon a stained glass studio and gallery he didn't hesitate going in and checking it out.  He referred me to the owners and I now have a 9am appointment on Monday to present my work for their gallery!  I am so nervous and excited!  This is the first place I will be taking my 2D glass artwork, and I just hope it is well received.  

I went out today during my lunch break and bought a brand new storage bin to carry all my artwork. Now I need to go out and get packing supplies so nothing breaks during transport.

I'm getting a bit ambitious, however, I would like to create 2 new pieces before I go to the appointment, hopefully I will come thru for myself! Ok, I would be happy with just 1 more piece :)



 

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Feeling accomplshed

I was anticipating the weather to be cloudy and gloomy, so I had no plans to leave the house today. I created my to-do list early this morning which consisted of cleaning up, laundry, bathe the cat, bathe the dog and continue on with whatever I felt like doing. Instead the weather was sunny and warm, almost hot.  I even hung my legs into the pool this afternoon, for a split second thinking jumping in but deciding against it since the water was barely 60 degrees.

Once I finished my to-do list I decided to venture into the garage where my husband was already working on his own projects.  With the garage door open it was a beautiful day to work outside. I measured my boards and my husband cut them down to size so I could mount my glass art.  I have had two dimensional pieces sitting on the shelf of my closet as far back as 2009. They all had one thing in common, they needed to be mounted on something, with some kind of adhesive.  I never could figure out what I wanted to mount my artwork on.  I didn't want to use glues or silicone, and I certainly didn't have the tools to cut steel to use as the backing.  2017 brought new knowledge and now I know what to use, and want to use. I was on a roll this afternoon, I even mounted my tiny scrap glass 2"x"2 drawings.

So the day was not wasted and I accomplished what I set out to do and more.


2"x 2" poppy on scrap stiff white (2015)
 mounted on black board



2"x 2  little bird on scrap stiff white (2015)
Mounted on black board


8"x 8"Fused glass abstract rhododendron (2009) made with glass powders with reaction to french vanilla. Mounted on black board 


7"x 9" Rockaway poem fused on french vanilla

Mounted on blue whitewash board  2015



8"x 8" Cosmic abstract (2009)made with glass powders and gold leaf
Mounted on black board. 
 

Did you know Grey Gardens in East Hampton is for sale???? A cool 19 million. I have always loved that beach bungalow- mansion.  It is the smallest home around there, and I would love to live in it. Only in my wildest dreams......

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Patience

They say patience is virtue- "the ability to wait patiently, without getting angry, the ability to wait calmly".... I really don't have patience.  I get easily frustrated when I am putting details in my art, especially when a time crunch is looming. Point in fact: the second firing of piece below. The first time around it seem a bit flat and dull,  I decided that when I got home from my day job I would "QUICKLY" add to it and get it in the kiln before 6pm (I get home at 5:30) so I don't go to bed with a kiln on..... Thus I rush against clock, my work gets messy and the details get skewed and sloppy.... If I only had the "patience" to wait until this weekend, I would not have rushed myself in a 30 minute window, and maybe, just maybe, my work would have turned out the way I saw it in my head.


1st fire


2nd firing

It may need a 3rd firing .............. or just file it away somewhere.







Thursday, February 2, 2017

just things

I have so much on my my mind lately.  Good things, bad things and wishful thinking.  Maybe Arnold could take over?

Since the class a couple of weekends ago I haven't created anything, but have prepared my glass to create some art. My space is ready with measured and cut glass, I have downloaded reference pictures from a great site, pmp-art.com that allows artists to refererence the photographs without having to worry about breaking any copyright laws.  All that's needed is to create a login account and the array of photos to reference are plenty. 

Sometimes when I get tired of drawing tedious little lines to create a picture, I just have fun throwing things together to create an abstract.  This particular piece was created towards the end of class, put into a tiny little kiln all by itself, and the kiln malfunctioned. The kiln shut down before it got hot enough for a full fuse, creating this textured piece instead,  I call that a "happy accident".  I even brought this piece into my cubicle at my day job because I love rubbing my hands over it. As of March 1st, I will be in my cubicle for 15 years, and this is the first personal item I have placed in my area besides a plant someone gave me as a gift.  I always thought I would hit the lottery so I didn't want to have to pack up stuff off my desk.... :) Just kidding, there really isn't any space for personal items.

"Happy accident" 4"x6"

Last night I had to go shopping for a new dress for a business luncheon today. My closet is full of pretty dresses, but they're all in different sizes, and I seem to have outgrown the last size dress I own. I was determined to go bold, I wanted a red dress. Ok so I ended up with a deep red, almost maroon color, and since it was sleeveless, my arms looked like cottage cheese under the fluorescent lights, so I had to buy a cover up...  anyway, I was pleased with my purchase.  

 
In my cubicle with my cover up on.


 

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Trump

My husband, who is a black American, has finally taken me seriously when I said that I will not live in the U.S. if things get worse. On the Holocaust Remeberance Day, things have gotten worse. To ban    Muslims from seven war torn countries from entering the U.S. is an epic humanitarian failure. Trump is the puppet, and when he gets kicked off stage the actual puppeteers, Pence and the rest of the Klan, will make it much worse.   The fascist system that is taking hold will bring on a horrendous nuclear war and even predicted, we cannot really fathom the tragedy until it actually happens. Do we prepare to leave now, or wait until its too late when all borders are closed to us?

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Ideas

We all know what it's like to wake up in the middle of the night with a great idea, or poem, or melody of a new song only to go back to sleep and forget what that great idea was when you wake up in the morning. This happened to me twice this past week.  I had what I thought was a great title for my new art piece at about 3am, and figured, "I can remember that"...... which I didn't when the alarm woke me up at 6.   I also had this awesome poem late one night for my "season of the poppy" series, but had to come up with something not as awesome because I couldnt remember the original one.   Anyway, I decided that the sketchbook that my daughter gave me for Christmas is what I will keep on my night stand for middle of the night, ideas, poems, and anything else that might Come to my mind, along with a sharpened pencil and and sharpener close by.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Say Si

My husband was trying to help me last night by coaxing me into the garage while he worked on his car.  He figured if he was working out there I would work on my art.  I had a small hissy fit about not being able to decide what I wanted to create, but he just stood firm and told me just work on anything. Once I had the glass in front of me that's all it took to create something..

I took my artwork out of the kiln this morning and put it in the frame and I'm pretty happy with the outcome. I'll be dropping off  the finished piece at SaySi on Saturday for there annual Small Scale silent auction in March.  I really do like enjoy participating in this because it promotes art education for children all the way through high school. I truly believe art education is an important part of children's lives, and they grow up to be creative adults that think outside the box.

I haven't decided on a name for this yet (I have until Saturday to decide) but here it is:





 

Thursday, January 19, 2017

On a high

There are so many things going on in my brain right now.  I' m on this energetic high of ideas. I have a list of things I want create, a list of things to complete and new ideas to get connected with other artists.

I kept my energy going this evening by not turning on the TV. Instead I changed out of my day job clothes, pulled my capris & t-shirt on and went into the garage.  The evening was nice, I had the garage door open, music on and danced bare foot while I worked.  I am trying to  finish the Poppy series.  So far I have completed 3 out of the four boards that I will mount the glass on.  The Series is called "Season of the Poppy".  I had also completed 3 of the poppy drawings on glass a while ago, and decided that I want to draw one more to make it four. Originally I had planned on making six.  Here is a sneak peak of one that is almost complete, just needs to be mounted:

If you notice, the I have a collage of newspaper clippings all about Heroin. I want to bring attention to the epidemic of Heroin addiction and overdose deaths in our country.  My husband asked my why I was creating something so depressing.  My answer was simple, It's not depressing to me, and I have a need to create this.  I'm not sure where this series is going to be homed once completed, but I'm sure it will find an appropriate place.  


On another note, My new business cards arrived last week and my website dritaharris.com is up and running.  My large doodle paintings and my seascapes are on the website, but I haven't posted any of my glass yet. I'll work on that later. I also put prices on the pieces that are on the website, but no paypal button to purchase them, lol! I guess if anyone really wants something, they can just email me.

Monday, January 16, 2017

New things

Saturday was the first day of class with Kelley Crosser Alge. Her work and technique seemed familiar to me, however learning online versus in a classroom is whole different ballgame. Little tips and tricks, that just aren't shared if your not face to face all get missed when your online. Also, the challenge was just a basic introduction to Sgraffito drawing on glass.  Over the last three days I learned valuable information and more than I expected. One of the most valuable lessons I learned this weekend was in the first 10 minutes on the first day of class about displaying two dimensional artwork. As a glass artist one of the biggest challenges I faced was mounting my glass. What do you use? Silicone? Glues?  wood? metal? Glues don't always last, the glass will shift or falls off. Silcone can be used but it's not ideal for me.What does Kelley use?.... Industrial strength velcro!!!  Wow, life has been made so much easier now!

Since this was drawing with glass, we used powders, and different sizes of frit. The overall lesson was developing perspective, color variation along with the different chemical compositions of glass and the reaction they would have when they are fired together.

Over the last three days each student made several pieces of art.  I was able to bring home 4 of them home, while the other two are in the kiln overnight.

There were several nice things about this class other than learning a new technique.  I had recently met a lady that does glass and pottery during an art show in the spring of 2016, and we hit it off and have become friends. I told her about the class and she decided to take it with me, so we took turns driving each day. When you have good company the hour drive each way didn't seem so long. The other nice thing was that I knew six out of the eight students that were taking the class, so conversations and joking around came easy. Oh yeah, I joined the glass guild again.  One more thing, Matt Grones is a a fairly new owner of A&A Products (18 months). Prior to his ownership, it was only a glass supply distribution center. Matt has created  wonderful work station that is very spacious for each artist to work. He is new to hosting classes and he is a very gracious host. Also, he couldn't have picked a better teacher to teach this class! I wish him much success.

4"x6"(this one is my favorite)


8"x11"
4"x6"

4"x6"
I was tried of drawing- so this my abstract :)