Just finished a 3 day art show at the NM Fairgrounds. This show was amazingly strong with a lot of shoppers and buyers. I got most of my Christmas Shopping done and met a lot of new artists. I love Art Shows a hundred times better than Bead Shows but I honestly don't know if there are any bead shows still around. In an Art Show I become more inspired to create because I am a Mixed Medium Artist where I use the glass as a component. I sold probably better than half of my inventory that I took to the show including several big pieces and the only flower necklace I still had.
It is rare that I want to keep anything that I make. I did in the beginning of my adventure into art but I much prefer to sell or gift my work so that my mind moves onto the next piece. At the moment, I need to teach myself to make white geese. It sounds so easy and I can see it in my mind. Of course, sitting down on the torch will teach me that my mind is much more talented than my hands. So this week will be the week of the geese that might turn into the next month of the geese. If they were small it might be doable but I want large [for me] geese - probably around 2 inches tall. I will try them using hollow bead technique first because it keeps them lightweight but also less glass. The other issue is soft or hard glass? I've never done a boro hollow bead so probably soft glass. Decisions that will lead to discovery of whether I have the ability to conquer this idea.
I have a million things to do today including putting all of my work back into the gallery. Have a great week and I'll let you know how those geese are doing.
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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