Revisions & Visions

I have new art up on my Etsy – go buy something!

I revisited these panels and here they are finished:

BlueSky, Green Leaves I-wp BlueSky, Green Leaves II-wp

(I’ve gained new respect for those who photograph glass professionally after updating my portfolio site.)

I’m also working out some ideas involving casting, audio, LEDs, & arduinos in line with my idea about reliquaries.

I’m finalizing my plans for a trip the to the Bullseye Resource Center NY in Mamaroneck. I’m pretty stoked about this one because it’s a salon/discussion/critique session. I’ve been feeling very stuck and directionless for the past couple months. I’m hoping getting feedback from other glass artists who have not seen my work before will be a good check for me and help me on my way to find my artistic voice.

Jeremy Scidmore, one of the instructors from my North Lands class, offered this advice:

Here’s a tough question.  “What do you want to personally get out of your art?”

Next question is “What do you want the viewer to get out of it?”

I sometimes find the easiest way to go about answering these questions is by isolating myself and writing it down in list form and then flesh out paragraphs from that.

I think this will be a great tool to use continually to keep me focused and going in the direction I want/need to go with my art.

I may be moving to a new studio in September. If I do, it will me I can have EVERY kiln up and running! Wooooo! But I have to save my pennies for the deposit and 1st month’s rent. Help a girl out and buy some glass! :D

Tiny Grass Dreaming

Its funny what will spark ideas. I was reading one of those internet lists of funny translations and came across this:

Dreaming Grass

I love the idea that grass could dream. So, I’m running with it.

Test panels for Tiny Grass Dreaming.

Tiny Grass Dreaming tests

 

And while I was at it, I revisited one of my river panels. I think I definitely needed to add more to them. The right one will be revised as well.

 

River Series green

 

Strength, Courage, and Determination & 3 little experiments

StrengthCourageDetermination

Each of these people represent Strength, Courage and Determination. Living through the things they are dealing with and have dealt with… I can’t imagine how they are still such joyful, loving people. I’m blessed to know them.

Each of these portraits will be coldworked by hand, layered with white with black drawings, and subtly colored backgrounds. And maybe an acid bath before finishing.  This is just the first step.

I’m looking forward to the process of honoring their lives.

 

Below are a few recent experiments. I acid etched the outer two before firing, and the middle has black and grey powder for the drawing.

3littlesomethings

Catching up.

I’ve been a busy bee, sorry for not sharing while I’ve been creating!

I’m also planning on some trips for classes to the Bullseye Resource Center, New York in Mamaroneck, NY this summer and fall.

12 months ago…

Last May started a year of events that has been life changing. I scootered with my scooter friends up to ride the Tail of the Dragon and other assorted windy roads in North Carolina. I conquered my fears of flying off the side of the mountain (sort of) and I’m really proud of that achievement. I would do it again in a heartbeat.

Then I went to Portland for my first BECon in June. I got to see and hear a lot of great art and people and I was introduced to North Lands Creative Glass in Lybster, Scotland. Louise Tait stirred my desire to travel to that far place.

Then in October, a last minute cancellation opened the door to another game changer. I got to attend the Explore Santa Fe with Ted Sawyer at the Sana Fe Bullseye Resource Center. I met a group of wonderful artists that I am still in touch with. I learned a new technique that has opened the door to my growth as an artist.

Finally, I was able to go to Scotland this past March. What an amazing place, it really took me out of my comfort zone and challenged me. I learned how to cast glass, and work with printed images in multiple layers. I have another group of incredible artists I can now call friends. I fell in love with North Lands and Lybster. I have to go back.

I think my time at North Lands has given me a new sense of confidence, something I haven’t felt in a LONG time. Of course, all of this past year has built it me up and positioned me to fly. And fly I will. I just have to be patient enough to do it right.

BTW, new work:

foggy_river

sandbar_circles

More thoughts on Scotland

North Lands Classroom

North Lands Classroom

One thing I do regret about the class at North Lands Creative is that I let my fears get the best of me. I was so nervous about going – first time out of the country. The week leading up to leaving, I had butterflies in my stomach and my shoulder muscles were so tight!  Because I didn’t want to be perceived as a typical bumbling, obnoxious American, I was even more reserved than usual.*

When I arrived on the first day of class, I was surrounded by all these fabulously talented and strong women. And then there was little ol’ me feeling more awkward than ever, fighting my worries of fitting in, being good enough – hell, just being able to speak intelligently. By the 4th day my internal dialogue was so bad I was in the bathroom crying. Fortunately, I got some long distance encouragement from Donald and carried on (Thank you, honey!).

It was kind of strange the whole time I was there, in a way. I felt separate but very at home. The best evening was our last dinner at the Bay Owl. One of my fellow classmates, Niela, has this way about her and we ended up having some very open discussions about ourselves. The bus ride back to Lybster was magical. Talk and laughter was palpable. When we got back, we hung out at The Comm (pub), and had a blast sharing music, dancing, drinks and conversations.

I wouldn’t change a thing, though. Insecurities and all, it was one of the best experiences I’ve had and I can’t wait to come back. :)

Lybser Harbor

Lybster Harbor

*FYI – embarassment is not something I deal with very well. It can be a trigger for shame and other self-defeating emotions.

Scotland & North Lands Creative

I was drawn to North Lands last summer at BECon after hearing Louise Tait’s presentation:

Above Us Only Sky
Louise Tait “Some places on earth can make you feel very small indeed, while at the same time filling every ounce of you with the boundless possibilities of being alive. I have been fortunate enough to find such a place: North Lands Creative Glass.” Louise Tait outlines what makes this center of excellence in glass in the Scottish Highlands so special for artists who visit from around the world. She’ll also explore how the color, light, landscape, air, and history of the setting have shaped her and her work.

I would visit the website every so often to see what classes they had to offer, and wondered if I could ever afford to go.

Then I saw Carrie Iverson and Jeremy Scidmore were teaching a class that might prove to be an important step in my career.

Here are a few images of my trip. I took over 400 photos, so I can’t share them all. Scotland was an incredible experience – everything I needed.

Thank you to Carrie and Jeremy for a fantastic class, and to North Lands Creative Glass for hosting us (so much good food!).

New Series – River

I’ve gotten to a great place and I’m loving what I’m creating. I’ll be doing several pieces based on my love for my local water ways and the ocean. Here are the first 2:

 

I Dreamed of Water. 13.5 ” x 17.75″

 

And the next work in the series will be a set of two. Here’s the beginning of the first one: