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February 28, 2009

Or should I say summer, with a painting of cosmos!

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Cosmos

 

One year my neighbor planted a wildflower garden by the road.  It was spectacular & I was mesmerized by the cosmos.  I later planted some for myself & have been painting them ever since.  And translating some paintings into glass.

 

Wild Cosmos Wave

Wild Cosmos Wave

I need some color!

February 28, 2009

We’ve had too many cold gray days in a row.  I went looking through some old work for the type of day I want to see.

Red Sunset over Gorge

Red Sunset over Gorge

This is a painting I did a couple years ago for a friend.  It’s a view of the Columbia River Gorge just below my house at sunset.  It’s one of my favorite places to paint from.  With the river and sky constantly changing, no two paintings ever turn out the same.   I’ve translated it to glass, but don’t have good photos of the pieces I’ve made.  They seem to sell before I take the time to photograph.

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Still learning my way around the Blog, I am revisiting this project now that it’s installed, after learning how to post so you can ‘click to enlarge’.  You may have to click twice, and once you get to the  larger photo there should be a magnifying glass, allowing you to enlarge once again.  It’s well worth the look.  I’m so proud of the high school students who made these tiles for our panels.  

I finished fabricating the panels Sunday night and  installed, then edited this post on Thursday!  They had to lie flat during transport so I made 5 separate trips into Hood River.  I couldn’t build a safe and reliable apparatus to transport all 5 panels together over my bumpy curvy mountain road.

The grand opening is Saturday, March 7th, noon until 4pm, to see the artwork that has been produced through Arts in Education, as well as the new wing of the Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital in Hood River.

If you’re coming in from out of town, come on Friday night to attend the opening at the Columbia Art Gallery show ‘Art Heals from Birth to Death’, from 6 to 8pm, where my ‘SunDrop’ series will be displayed.  The pieces are finally in the kiln being shaped into bowls today and tomorrow!

Image Transfers

February 23, 2009

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This past weekend I was in a workshop with Carrie Iverson, ‘Image Transfers for Glass’.  I did a lot of similar printing on cloth when I worked with fibers and was interested in how the process would relate to glass.  I’ve tried screen printing, another form of transferring imagery, but it’s so messy in my tiny studio that I tend to not do it unless absolutely necessary for the project.  

I loved this process.  It’s simple, direct, and only a little messy.  I especially liked the use of non-toxic materials.  I have an upcoming project for which this technique will be perfect!

The above images I printed in class are Carrie’s.  She brought an assortment for students to use so we could focus on playing with the material.  I liked the rope imagery that appears heart shaped, then printed a second latticed rope image atop.  Double ropes over heartshape…. made me think about different forms of  love (hearts) and how they can be all tied up or fenced in.

Wearable Art

February 20, 2009

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‘Wearable Art’, ‘Personal Adornment’, whatever we choose to call it, ‘Glass Jewelry’ is FUN to wear!  Bright, vibrant, it has weight and feels good against our skin.  Bracelets, pendants, earrings, barrettes and ponytail holders come in sets or as individual pieces.

I get so many compliments when wearing it.  Try it, you’ll like it!

Heron

February 18, 2009

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I love the large birds.  Especially herons.  I’ve followed them down the Columbia River trying to capture them with my camera.  Without success.  I once saw a huge gathering of herons along the Yakima River, but didn’t have my camera with me.  All I could do was blaze the memory into my mind.  I don’t know if my memory is now exaggerated or if there really were dozens of herons along the bank of the river that day.

This rendering is done with powdered glass sandwiched between layers of sheet glass.  Thanks to Gwen for calling me today about her heron piece which prompted me to post this one.

Turquoise and Purple

February 16, 2009

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One of my favorite color combinations is the turquoise of tropical waters blended with blue and red violets.  Add some lines and some gold … another set of bowls.

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100 Tears

February 15, 2009

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This piece was made for a specific competition, but wasn’t selected.  It speaks to my childhood memories and overcoming obstacles.  I entered it in another show in Las Vegas, where it was well received.  Afterwards, while loading luggage into the car to go home, my large suitcase fell over on the cement parking lot.  Wouldn’t you know this bowl was sitting on top!  Yes, it broke.  I was heartsick to say the least.  My parents, who were my ‘taxi’, were so grief stricken about it that I had to pretend I was over it to help them get over it.  As we drove to the airport, I happily chatted in the back seat about how I was going to turn this piece into 100 pendants.  100 tears for 100 pendants.  By the time we got to the airport, I WAS over it & excitedly planning those pendants.  I’m not close to the 100 mark yet, but still work on it as I have time.

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Happy Valentine’s Day

February 14, 2009

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Small jewelry sized cast glass hearts

photo credit:  Photosensitive Portraits

final-panels-mock-upThis has been an exciting project for me.  In conjunction with Arts in Education and Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital’s ‘Youthful Art of Healing’ program, I led a group of 28 high school students, their art teacher, & para-educator through the process of learning to work with glass, then producing a series of tiles.  These are 8″ kilnformed tiles based on the concept of ‘healing’ and span about 12 feet horizontally, 4 feet vertically.

After learning the basics of scoring & breaking glass, the students began making small samples, artist sketches in glass.  This was to show them how the media responded to heat and gave them some practice before beginning our project.  We used three different process temperatures: 1400º for a textured finish, 1500º, for a smooth finish, and 1350º for a small group who wanted to try working with powdered glass.  Each student then produced a miniature version of their sketch, again testing to see if they preferred a textured or smooth finish.  Some chose both – a smooth flat background with textured details added.

We started mid October and the last of the tiles were completed in January.  I’ve spent the last couple weeks arranging and rearranging photos of the tiles for the mock up.  My parameters were balance of color, shape, content, dark and light space; as well as evenly distributing multiple tiles made by  the students who produced more than one. (The final arrangement may change after I have them all laid out.)  The backing/frame is being fabricated next week, with installation scheduled for the end of this month.

My heartfelt thanks to all the donors & sponsors of this project:

Schlosser Machine Inc. for donating labor for fabrication of the backing panels.

Oregon Glass Guild for loaning and donating tools for the students to work with.

Dianne Muhly and Mary Caldwell of the OGG for donating tools to the students.

Fay Malench donated hand made glass stringers that the students used in their tiles.

Charles R. Hall and Toni Johnson donated plans & instruction so that I didn’t have to reinvent the wheel.

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