Sunday, August 2, 2009

DOGGIES 'N PONIES 'N DUCKS... OH MY!


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I'm back...after what seems like a very long time! Actually I was busy running a big Pet Fair that we had at the LW Emporium. If you want something to gobble up your free time, try running one....it's amazing.....fun and amazing! I can't believe all the details that crop up in the processing of this kind of event! Sign painting, advertising, passing out posters to Veterinarians and pet stores, calling pet rescue groups, vendors with pet related items, hot dog people, and then marking out all the spaces, getting ads and free community notices in on time to the newspapers, tv and radio stations, blowing up baloons,,etc,....etc......you get the picture...and after it was all over, you have to do everything all over again in reverse! Take down the signs and balloons, write thank you letters to all the vendors and animal rescue people, gather the earnings to present to the dedicated animal shelter and arrange for a time when all could gather for a happy picture! Was it all worth it? Oh yes, it was.. Everyone had a great time and are asking for another next year! Not to boast ,but we did a pretty good job and some lucky animals at the Cracker Box Palace will have food for awhile longer because of the fair...very worth it! I just want to apologize and explain why I was gone so long...and thank you Janine for your note which shook me out of my euphoric high flying animal party! Check out the pictures.
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Friday, July 3, 2009

HAVE A WONDERFUL WEEKEND!


Thoughts from the brush...

Sunday, June 28, 2009

A LITTLE HELP...?

Here I am, still playing with glass but I have a dilemma. It's just that little bit of red netting over the fish. I am being very brave putting the netting there at all and I'm still not sure, but wonder if I can get some feed back on which version looks better. If you think the red should go, that's ok just say so. My question has to do with whether it should hang down (1st picture) or drift to the left (2nd picture).
The fish look black but are actually multi-colored mylar which changes with the light. I have partially mirrored the glass so it has a reflective quality and plan to layer it on to something else... don't know what yet. Here's the second one: This seems like a pretty dumb question for me to ask but I've looked at it too long today and need fresh eyes.
BTW, in case anyone else is trying to carve up glass, I have discovered an absolutely wonderful tool called a 'running pliers' that will snap off that edge of glass that you've scored with no trouble at all and no cut fingers! They are available at stained glass stores. I can't tell you how many pieces of broken glass I have left all over the country while trying to frame my paintings. If only this marvelous tool had not been kept secret during my long painting and framing career!
Any red net (red neck?) advise you can leave will be greatly appreciated.. hope you all had a wonderful weekend!




Thursday, June 18, 2009

BLACK BACKGROUND


Just thought I'd try the clear glass boat on a black background to see how it presented itself.




Wednesday, June 17, 2009

PHEW.... IT WORKED..AND NOTHING BROKE!





















Here they are boys and girls.. What do you think? I am really going to have to figure out how to display them. I dribbled some glass paint on this one to see what would happen..I sort of like it even though I used 3 colors and ended up with only one! All the shards fused together and the edges rounded so they are nice and smooth. This one has 3 different levels of glass on it . It is about 12 inches tall.

The next two shots are of the second boat which I did not paint . Here goes...........



These were a lot of fun to do and I still have a lot more broken glass . I aim to try doing a cat next time but will probably consider this as my hobby ...As much as I am enjoying something different, I don't think I'll give up my paint brush for long!


But then again, it is such fun!

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

HOLD YOUR BREATH

OK..the two glass pieces went into the kiln this morning. Karen says that they will probably be viewable tomorrow morning...I'm so nervous !!!! Cross your fingers everybody. What if they blow up? Ohhh no....

Sunday, June 14, 2009

GLASS ATTACK 2


Here's the second 'glass shard' piece. This time I added some little pieces of my broken gazing globe. It's an irridescent blue/green and a much thinner glass...wonder what that will do? I love doing things I've never done before! Should be fired on Tuesday.
Now I've got my own reflection in the picture...there must be a way ...

Saturday, June 13, 2009

GLASS ATTACK!


AT LAST! For years I have saved glass that I broke when framing my paintings..something about certain shapes made me just sling them up into the basket that hung from the upper deck in my studio. I just knew that someday I would want them (the universal artists' defencive credo)! Well here it is....my friend Karen has decided to become a glass artist and has purchased a kiln for that purpose! Yea!... Here is my first attempt at organizing the shards and slivers of glass into some semblance of reality. I used dabs of super glue to hold them together and Karen assures me that they won't show once the piece is fired! Thought I'd share these beginnings, with all the messy fingerprints and glue spots on it, because I have absolutely no idea of what to expect once it's fired! Such fun ! Sorry about the glare. Glass is harder to shoot than paintings!