Sunday, May 28, 2017

Blessings

"I truly believe we can either see the connections, celebrate them, and express gratitude for our blessings, or we can see life as a string of coincidences that have no meaning or connection. For me, I'm going to believe in miracles, celebrate life, rejoice in the views of eternity, and hope my choices will create a positive ripple effect in the lives of others. This is my choice." 
Mike Ericksen

Friday, May 26, 2017

Glass Fusing: Blue Square Dish

 This square dish is similar to another one I made, except this one is much smaller, with sharper edges. I continued with the daisy design, because I really liked the outcome.
This dish measures 8 inches square.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Glass Fusing: Cheese Plate

 I created this simple design for a cheese plate on a whim. The studio had a small piece of glass for sale in the light blue and I loved how it looked streaky. While it wasn't large enough to use on it's own, I used some beautiful teal glass and clear glass alongside it and was very pleased how it came out.
The simple colors and shapes are easy on the eyes. The various squares can be used as "compartments" for a cheese plate (a place for olives, almonds, small jar of honey, etc). The glass colors are so bold and beautiful.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Glass Fusing: Palm Trees Nightlight

I made this fun, Floridian nightlight using mostly transparent glass.
 I cut out the palm fronds shapes out of green, the trunks out of brown and the water using blues. The interesting thing is that when clear glass frit (ground up glass) is placed on the opaque glass, fun things happen. The opaque glass develops highlights from the layers of broken edged clear frit. This produced a fun texture on the trunk of the tree.
I'm pleased with the end result. Lots of light shines through and during the daytime, the palm trees are noticeable.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Blessings

"When we focus on our gratitude, the tide of disappointment goes out and the tide of love rushes in."
Kristin Armstrong

This week has been full of blessings.
Our daughters visited for a fabulous weekend and returned home safely. We loved seeing them, just like old times.
We kayaked in a state park, in a lake with 500 alligators. It was an amazing experience.
We played mini-golf and shared a lot of laughs together.
As a family, we watched Guardians of the Galaxy volume 2.
Jon had a great birthday with his favorite dinner, nachos that Allie and I made for him.
My sister got married!
I spent an afternoon cutting glass shapes for my glass fusing project. I am learning more techniques.
I spent some time gathering some beautiful fallen leaves for my artwork. I scanned them into my computer and will now work with them.
Jon and I  played tennis with some friends and had a great time on the court.
My friends and I spent the day in Tampa:eating, shopping, and laughing. The conversation was fun and the company was great.
Jon and I paddle boarded around a cove, exploring canals, and even spotted some flying fish. Mother Nature is unbelievable.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Glass Fusing: Another Lighthouse Nightlight

While working on a few lighthouses, I made this nightlight, as well. Unlike the others, this stands in a portrait formation (taller than wide) and uses patterned glass for the background. I really like the way it came out, when the light shines through it.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Glass Fusing: Daisy Plate

 
I made a large glass plate using some really beautiful glass. The plate is quite large for one of my projects, about 12 inches square. It was my first attempt at a large piece and I found it to be challenging, but very enjoyable to work on this scale.
I wanted to produce a pattern  on the plate and make it look like it was continuing off the plate.
Here is the final piece.
After it was fused, the studio places it on shelves for students to retrieve. The instructor told me that many people liked the look of it, so they took photos of it to recreate.