I have put away my flip-flops and this morning had to put on socks. We are about 7 hours directly below Denver which received snow this week as fronts come off of the Pacific area heading east. It is going to be a very cold "fall". My turtles aren't leaving their shelter and the goldfish have slowed down.
We put new windows in my back studio due to the glass being etched by our very hard water. The sprinkler had to be changed so it wouldn't hit the house before we put in the new glass. It is nice and bright in there now and I can enjoy the glen and porch while working. My promise to clean up the studio resulted in four new tiny vases to my collection of vases waiting for flowers.
My current sculpture is a tribute to Edgar Allan Poe. Lewis was making great black Ravens so I asked for one. The book that it sits on is wood. Only the Raven and the fallen leaves are glass. I spent last week going through my flowers that haven't been used and made leaves since I was out of those. All of them will be used before I start making new ones.
The only other event at the moment is the Balloon Fiesta which lasts through next weekend. It is a great event but to get to the park you have to get up before the sun, make sure your gas tank is filled and sit in traffic even though you are not that far from the park. It would be nice if they had more than one entrance but the park or field which is very large is surrounded by Native land on two sides and businesses on the other two. The Sandia Tribe will not allow access on their land so the issue of getting in will always be a problem.
We usually do the Rio Grande Art and Craft Show one or two of the weekends but did not jury in this year. That was disappointing but news from the venders is that the show is not good this year with the buyers not showing up despite the show being just a mile from the Balloon Park. The down slide of art shows is still happening which is sad. It is not the first time this has happened to art but hopefully it will turn around soon.
Hope you have a great day.
Edgar Allan Poe The Raven
This is the 3rd Violin that I have turned into a piece of art.
This Violin was appraised at $300-$400 value and a date around 1910 - 1940.
Because it was in such beautiful shape, I decided to keep the glass flowers and leaves
in the body of the violin leaving the rest untouched.
I started by making white and yellow Old English Roses and then added
Purple Clematis for a punch of color. After than I made wildflowers
in pinks, blues, purple and red.
I have always displayed the violins on violin stands that I get at the Guitar Store
but I think I want to design my own stands much like a cookbook
holder where the violin can lay on its side at an angle.
I love the colors in this piece and the wildness of the flowers.
Wildflower Violin Closeup
Building Art out of Trash
The banjo was found at the weekend swap meet at the Fairgrounds
and was purchased for $10
It was missing the pegs, the bars that hold the strings up
3 of the pegs that hold the head on.
The head was old and stained, ripped in a few places.
I cut the edge off the head and painted it with magnolias and leaves
attaching it to the back of the banjo.
The glass magnolias and leaves were made on steel wires
which were painted with enamel paint, interweaved
and inserted in numerous holes drilled in the support bar.
The glass was cut to fit the top because the banjo
was 10-1/2 inches and I couldn't find a clear one in that size.
I painted the bottom of the glass with more flowers
giving the banjo 3 layers of flowers.
The clear glass on the face of the banjo
has been painted with magnolias and leaves on the bottom
Wildflowers growing up both sides
and Morning Glories at the top.
This gives 4 layers to the banjo. The back is painted.
the sculpture glass magnolias and leaves
are wired above the back painting.
The glass front is painted on both sides of the glass.
I still have to deal with the issue
of the missing hooks but I did find pegs for the top.
There is still a lot to do to it
but it is a very indepth piece for an old Southern
Red Hibiscus March2017
Ice Blue Flowers March2017
MIXED MEDIUM ART
When I am working on a mixed medium sculpture, I use soft glass making my leaves, flowers and buds on steel wires. This is the first time that I have used very long wires [6 to 8 inches] which allows me to intertwine them easier and stronger.
This project is using one of the used student violins that I found at an antique/thrift store this weekend. These English Roses are made with moretti 104 and Bullseye 90 glass [not mixed]. I don't particularly like the 'green' palette of 104 so all of the leaves are Bullseye. The flowers and buds are mostly #262 Moretti and a few in Bullseye pink.
When I form a flower or leaf, I intentionally make them in motion. I do not do flat symetrical flowers, I am an impressionist artist. I want the colors and the forms to create the image with each person who views it. I want the impression to be as varied as possible giving everyone the opportunity to appreciate the delicateness of glass flowers.
Leaves, Flowers and buds
Flowers being Bundled
Violin with Flowers
Murial in Bathroom
Murial in Bathroom
Murial in Bathroom
Yellow Hibiscus Listed on Ebay
Boro Wildflower Sculpture 2015
Boro Lily of the Valley
Pink Boro Flower
Top View Boro Arrangment
Pink Boro Flower Sideview
Sweet Blue Glass Flowers
Monet Pink Floral Spray
Barbara Svetlick - River of Glass Studio @ 2007
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