Good morning people of the screen. New Mexico is suffering from a long drawn out heat that has been hard on my flowers and gardens, the turtles are hiding [digging into the dirt for relief] and the birds have decided to fly north for cooler weather. Having spent my life in South Florida heat is nothing new but living one mile up in the high deserts, the sun is brutal. I think living underground might be in our future. Of course, my feelings is that we need to plant more shade and fruit trees...millions more especially in the cities.
My arm is slowly healing and this afternoon I am going to try to get on the torch. As you know the angle of your arm is important so we'll see how that goes. Lewis bought me a bag of bullet shells [large rifle type] so I will work on small daisies on wires. If I can't handle it, I will try again in a few days but I think I will be torching by the end of the summer.
Your work. We all take photographs of our work and some even keep their work so they can see how far they have progressed. In 2009, I made a photograph book of my work which was almost completely beads and jewelry. In 2011, I made a photograph book of our trip to Paris [best trip ever]. Last month I made a book of my Mixed Medium Sculptures. I used Shutterfly to create the last two books. The Paris book is large coffee table size but with the Sculptures I decided on 8x8 since it will be used for reference and at shows. The problem I had with the Sculptures is I didn't keeep the "raw" photos since most were reduced for my website or forums. If you want to start documenting your work, keep a file with your raw photos. Second, watch the websites who create photobooks for specials and discounts. The Sculptures cost me $24 for 20 photograph pages. [I also sent my mother a copy] I take thousands of photographs every year of everything from family, friends and adventures but most of my work. This year [even though half over] I will take photos with the intention of making a book. What I like about the photobooks is you can add in descriptions, poems, thoughts and other little gems of your world.
Friday is a good day marking 6 weeks since I face planted or I should say shoulder planted. I cleaned off my torch station and will tackle the back studio which has become a catch all of things not needed in a studio. It is like that drawer in the kitchen where everything goes. Have a great weekend, challenge your talent and enjoy the torch.
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
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