Birds

Twigs Reception

A big THANK YOU to everyone who came out to Sisters last night for the Fourth Friday Art Stroll reception at Twigs Gallery. Kristin and I really enjoyed talking to all of you and sharing our work with you.  Although the reception was last night, the show will continue to hang through the third week in May, so if you didn't get a chance to go up you still have time!

An extra special Thank You to the ladies at Twigs/The Stitchin' Post who did a really fabulous job of hanging the show.  We are so grateful for that!  And, of course, to anyone who purchased a piece of art (or two, or three) - we are happy to share what we do with you and to know that it is appreciated.

Here are some pictures of the display and one of my sister and me with our smiling faces!

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Me and Kristin

 


New Outlets

 

 

I am so happy to share with you all the great news I have!  

My glass bowls are now available in two more locations in Central Oregon!

You can now see bowls like the Nuthatch in Red and Flicker's Flight at the 
High Desert Museum Gift Shop

Nuthatches in Red 2

Flickers Flight 2

 

And lots of dog related bowls, like Furry Friends and Flowers, and mini plates at
Bendy Dog in downtown Bend!Furry friends and flowers bowl 11I hope you will check these places out when you are in town!


Moving Along

I have been busy just making bowls and enjoying the wonderfully warm-ish weather we have been having lately. 

Here are a few of my latest bowl paintings.  If you follow me on Facebook you may have seen most of these...

 

Chasing Hares 1
"Chasing Hares" 7" x 3" Bowl

Flickers Flight 3
"Flickers Flight" 10" x 4" Bowl

Nuthatches in Red 6

"Nuthatches in Red" 7" x 3" Bowl

Pounce Fox 2
"Pounce" 7-1/2" x 1-1/2" Bowl

Well Fed Birds 3

"Well Fed"  7" x 3" Bowl

Chickadee Spotted 2

"Chickadee Spotted" 7" x 3" Bowl

 


The Shape Of Things To Come

For years I have been trying to do something different than other glass artists and not make bowls and plates.  I created my method of making reverse glass paintings and then mounting them on unique found wood pieces.  I loved them.  Customers loved them.  

Little Robin 1

And I still do.

But recently I've noticed a trend with people saying that they just don't know what they would "do" with it.  So, I decided to start making more plates and platters. Still using my reverse painting techniques, but now you can actually serve or eat off of these art pieces.  If you choose to.

Chickadee and Flower Pods 10 x 10 3

And I have gone from making mostly square plates and platters to now I am making round bowls.  My challenge used to be that I thought the bowls would make it harder to see my art work in them.  But I have found a way to make it work.  I have simply adjusted my drawings to accommodate the final shape.  That meant drawing in a round format that can be viewed from all directions and from the top.  

I am still working on the best way to photograph these very dimensional and reflective pieces, but I think you get the idea.

Green quail bowl 6Large quail bowl - about 10" diameter x 4" deep

So this year so far has been full of roundness!  It has been challenging and fun.  I hope you like this shape as much as I do.  

Purple nuthatch bowl 11

Large Violet Nuthatch bowl - about 10" diameter x 4" deep

Furry friends and flowers bowl 3Furry Friends and Flowers Bowl - Octagon shape - about 7" diameter x 2" deep

Just mousing around cat bowl 7Just Mousing Around - about 7" diameter x 3" deep

I've heard that this is the "perfect ice cream bowl"

Just mousing around cat bowl 7 (2)


Bird Bowl

I had a wonderful evening yesterday sharing a space at the Tetherow Holiday Bazaar with my sister, Kristin.  We had a cute little corner spot with 2 tables - one for my glass work and one for her beautiful art quilts, fabric journal covers, hats and small paintings.  Now that I live closer to her I hope we can share more days like this as we both find our way to selling more of our handmade goods.

Yesterday I sold several pieces including my large Bird Bowl.  It truly was a favorite of mine and it was nice that a woman who was thinking and thinking about it had a wonderful husband who came along behind her and bought it as a surprise for Christmas.

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One of the other sales last night was this cute little doggie plate.  The man who bought this was buying something else, then suddenly said - Oh, I'll take this, too.  It looks just like our dog!   It's fun when people see things they just relate to immediately.

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I have updated my Etsy shop with the sales from last night, so take a look around.  I will be sending some items to Artisan's Etc. in Big Bear very soon as well, so catch it now if you are interested!  I also plan to add a few more items tonight or tomorrow, so check back if you think about it.  ALSO - don't forget, you can use coupon code HOLIDAY15 for 15%off any purchase over $40  now through Dec 20th! 


Birdie Tiles

I have been working on making some designs into wall hangings.  I am starting with these  4 x 4" size tiles that are fun little pops of color.

These are all done in my reverse painting technique with the opaque enamels and fired 4 times each.  They are great on their own, or hung in sets of 2 or more.  

  Chickadee and Blues 1

Chickadee with Red Caps 1

Hummingbird Blues 3

Olive Sided Flycatcher 1

Quail in Red 1

Rusty Nuthatch 1

Scrub Jay Snack 1


I will have some of these and many more available at my next show in October in downtown Bend at the Bend Fall Festival.  If you are interested in any of them now, however, please let me know!

I have mounted the tile onto a wood backing with a hole for very easy hanging.  This mounting also makes them stand out from the wall about 3/4" and makes for a really neat display on the wall.


Blue Couple

A week or so ago I received an email from a past client.  She had just finished doing some work on their lake house and she has a spot that she would like a custom piece of glass made for.

After some back and forth on sizing and design, I came up with a sketch.  She wanted two Stellers Jays and so this is what I sketched up.

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This is just an outline sketch.  The glass will have more detail and, of course, color. This is a really fun project and I am looking forward to firing up the old kiln for the first time since the move and getting it done for her.

I will keep you posted as this piece come together.  

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A New View

Well, Hello again!

I have been very out of touch recently due to our recent move from Crestline, CA to La Pine, OR.  Don't let anyone tell you moving is a piece of cake.  Especially when you are moving to another state with a business that includes a glass workshop and all of it's tools and equipment as well as a complete woodworking workshop.

All I can say is I am glad it's done! 

We have been in our new house for about 3 weeks.  The glass painting studio and wood shop are all put together and up and running.  Except for those two pieces of equipment that must be out in storage somewhere......

Anyway - I wanted to say Hi again and let you know about a show I am doing this weekend!  It is the Sisters Art in the Park event held at the Creekside Park in Sisters, OR. Going into Sisters from Bend you will see the park and all the vendor booths on your left - you can't miss it!

Hope to see you soon! 

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Getting Ready

I have been painting glass like crazy lately.  Getting ready for several shows that I have coming up in the next few months.  You can check out my show listings any time by going to my 2015 Art Show Schedule page here or via the link above.

Here is a sampling of what's coming out of my studio lately.

Little Robin 2"Little Robin"  Approx. 6 x 10" overall

Chickadee and Blooms"Chickadee and Blooms"  Approx. 6 x 10" overall

Desert Bloom 2"Desert Bloom"  Approx. 6 x 12" overall

Red Bird in Mahogany with greyscale"Red Bird in Mahogany"  Approx. 11 x 11" overall


Something Missing

Okay, so I have titled this blog post "Something Missing".  I don't really know why.  I always write a title before I start writing a post and for some reason these words just popped out.  Let's see where this takes us.

I have been very busy.  Fall is always tough because it seems to be my busiest time for shows and keeping my local shops stocked.  I have had some very successful shows in October and November and am now gearing up for the last two of the year in December. 

The first show in December is the Harvest Festival at the Pomona Fairgrounds on Dec. 5, 6 & 7.  It is more of a fine craft show in the terms that it is mostly for people coming to buy handmade gifts rather than fine art buyers looking to add to their collections.  Knowing this fact, I have been busy making as many of my gifty items as possible - bowls, plates, leash hooks and ornaments.  I will also have some of my reverse paintings available, though, for those looking for more of a one-of-a-kind item.

Three Hook - Dog

Red 8 inch Spirit Plate

8 inch tree plates 2

The last show for me this year is the Christmas Tree Lane tree lighting and Arts and Crafts Fair in Altadena, CA.  It is on Dec 13th from 2pm to 8pm in the Altadena library parking lot.  It is a fun one to end on for the season because it is outdoors, at night, with tree lightings, music, food and the warmth of other vendors and guests.

Then, I will finally feel like I can get working on what is missing.  I have ideas all the time.  I have thought many times this year about the direction of my art and I feel like I know what I want to create, but also know that it changes all the time.  The art pieces are wonderful and time consuming and thrilling to pull out of their final kiln firings and get them on their displays or finished for display and sale.

As a "selling" artist, though, I frequently spend time making smaller, more quickly "saleable" items in order to pay the bills.  I don't know any artist who has not struggled with the different pulls at our time, energy and skills.  

I am considering challenging myself in 2015 to accomplish more than I think I can. There is something missing in my work.  I am looking for more depth and dimension.  We will see if it can be found.

This piece here, "Chickadee and Seed Pods", is one of my latest large art pieces and I LOVE it.  I am hoping to expand on these techniques and details.  I hope you will stick around to see what comes next. Every new piece is a learning experience - finding what I like or don't like and seeing the possibilities of what can be done.

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