Thursday, May 31, 2012

A Little Rusty

It seems forever since I was able to work on anything new. May is always so hectic because of my job with the school district. I try to keep my schedule clear of festivals and other events that require me to work on glass. So, when I pulled out my glass this past weekend, I didn't really know where to start. I felt out of sorts and rusty, so, I just willed myself to begin simply.

Almost all of my cut floral pendants are gone, so I decided to work on a simple group of those. I enjoy wearing and get lots of compliments on my daisy with the lime green center, so I created three of those. I did a few other color variations and used some scraps to created a red and black piece. It was good to get back up and running!





Monday, May 28, 2012

Memorial Day 2012


Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13

It is good to have a day to stop and remember. We are so busy and life is often hectic. We take so much for granted. In this country, we have so much. We have virtually unlimited freedom to believe, to think, to speak our mind. Facebook and blogs like this are a living testament to our ability to say anything at anytime. It doesn't mean we have the right to be heard, or that what we say will be met with universal acceptance - but we can say it!

Today, I am especially thankful for the men and women who stood up for our freedom. They sacrificed everything for people they knew and would never know. They fought and died far from home, compelled by the belief that what they were engaged in was right and true, and for the benefit of the greater good.


Thursday, May 17, 2012

Time and Space

Still no time for glass work, I did order some new glass yesterday though - looking forward to it getting here.

I am still enjoying playing around with the "Paper" app. Yesterday, I created the piece above. It's called "Time and Space."

I've also downloaded an app called "Sketchbook Pro" - it has a lot more functionality than "Paper." So, it also has a bigger learning curve - I'm anxious to experiment with it when time allows.


Monday, May 14, 2012


I like to try new iPad apps, so the other day, I read about an app called "Paper" - I couldn't resist.

It's basically a sketchbook with a minimal set of tools for sketching. The app is free, but only comes with a couple of the tools activated, if you want more tools, color, etc., you pay 1.99 for each new option you want to add.
It really is a fun little app. I like trying to figure out what it will do, how to stretch the way it functions. Learning something like this forces me to think in new and different ways. It allows me to get outside what I usually do and create something new to me. Once you finish a sketch the app allows you to share on various social media sites and save into the photo stream. I've put several of my recent sketches in so you can get a feel for how much fun it can be!
I think it's perfect for quick on-the-go sketches, studies for larger pieces, playing with color. I love the way the colors mix and layer, and the neat watercolor effect you get when using the paintbrush.


Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Days of Creation

View from the 10th floor

I haven't done much glass work in the last week or two. I had a work trip to Atlanta at the end of last week. I enjoyed getting to do something out of the routine. I also enjoyed getting to spend the time with my friend and coworker.

We stayed in a hotel that practically sits on the runway at Hartsfield International. It was pretty inside, kind of a late 70's early 80's style - big open atrium, stair stepped floors...reminded me of the Hyatt in DT Greenville. Fortunately, they soundproofed the inside, so we really didn't hear any of the airplanes taking off and landing.

It has worked out well, aside from the decrease in sales, that I don't have any shows scheduled for a while. I've been helping to paint murals in the newly renovated nursery wing at our church.

We have so many super talented people that attend, and one of them is a wonderful interior designer. She has done a great job planning the decor - including creation murals in each room.

I love what she has done with this...very clean designs with the corresponding verse of scripture included. So far, we have worked on only two of the four rooms, but they are coming along really nicely!

The wall in progress.

The verse that will go in the sky on the wall above.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Variations on a Theme...

...or a color scheme. My friend and I are going to Atlanta to present at a conference. She requested a pendant to match the outfit she would like to wear that day. So, I worked a little on Saturday trying to create something that compliments the colors and style of her blouse.

I did a few with glass in various shades of brown and orange. Then I decided to pull out my Glassline paints and do some painted ones.

This is one of the pendants created using various shades of coordinating glass. She chose this pendant - the ones below seemed a little too much when paired with her floral shirt.
Glassline pieces drying in the sun. Once dry, I capped them with clear glass and fired them to full fuse.
Finished Glassline piece.