Not much happening this week as the last tinges of summer are knocking on the calendar as cooler weather is whispering in the winds. My turtles have been more active but will soon start to consider a long winter nap. The pond that Lewis is building is slowly taking place but impatient as he is we now have 28 goldfish and a handful of misquito fish living in the pond. The little misquito fish keep slipping down the bottom waterfall into the holding pond from which they can not get back into the large pond. Silly little fish.
I am spending time at the moment cleaning up my flower gardens and am surprised at how well my vegetable garden is doing the last six weeks. The heat this summer stunted it but now it is thriving. Growing your own is worth every minute but I have fallen in love with the grape tomatoes.
Glasswise. I put 3 new small vases on the front page. We have a small show next Saturday and I should be working more on the torch but I have no sense of urgency despite the fact that I should. I think it is more lack of muse or maybe lack of adventure in moving my muse up the ladder. I sit and read posts by good glass friends who are always enthusiastic to learn and create. It makes me smile because it truly is wonderful to find something you love so much. I am much more scattered across the art spectrum. I need to seriously change how much energy I put into art and try to reign in my interests. I doubt if I will be successful but this winter I am going to spend time with my watercolors and ink. I regress, I am currently working on making a raven. So far I can't say it has been successful and then Lewis is commissioned to make blackbirds and boom he turns out the greatest blackbird in boro. I need to get a photo before it is gone.
Working with Lewis is daunting, inspiring and sometimes funny. He is a rock of inspiration even when I give him that 'not now' look. Have a great, great weekend of glass.
Bearded Iris and Tulips
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
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