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. 

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Lovely Day!

Congratulations to my sister and her husband on her wedding day! We love you!

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Blessings

"A Grateful Heart is a Magnet for Miracles"
I have been blessed with so many wonderful people in my life.
My father visited my niece for Grandparent's Day at her preschool. Look at how cute they are!
My friend and teammate and I went to the Captains' Meeting for our Tuesday Tennis Team. While the meeting was mundane, our ride home had me in hysterics. It was great to laugh with her.
My daughters are visiting for Mother's Day. It is wonderful to have them home, smiling, laughing, and chatting all day and night.
I've been working with my tennis instructor and I am so content with the progress we've been making. It's been hard work, but she's been diligent and helpful. I am so happy with the what we've accomplished.
We visited with Jon's parents and celebrated Mother's Day a bit early. Jon's mom was thrilled to have the family together again.
I took a CPR class that was offered at the tennis club. We reviewed choking, CPR, and AED use. It was a good refresher that kept me up to date.




Friday, May 12, 2017

Illustration: Pretty Lady 4

Here's a drawing where I'm working on the eyes. I like the use of the fabric veil. These are unusual colors for me.