Monday, September 26, 2011

September Edition - Art Article - Check it out!

                         Please click on this link to read the story of my life and art in the latest edition of the Shawnee Outlook.  Thanks to the team at the Shawnee Outlook Magazine as well as to Tina Julich for writing such a great article.
Once you have clicked on the link above, then click on the cover of the September Edition. From there you can electronically turn the pages to find a picture of my Glass Cow Skull in the index as well as my article and more pictures of my art and Schoolbus art studio.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Angels heading to Puerto Rico!!!

All of these handmade colorful angels are heading to Puerto Rico. A client has ordered them for her Christmas Tree.  There is no one angel that is alike.
Thank you Ms. Johanna!!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

"Ode to Georgia" - Lifesize Glass Cow Skull

Modeled this design from an actual cow skull. Real horns were soldered in, lights are attached up inside the skull.
This piece of glasss art is made of cow horns, bullseye glass, glass beads, glass gems, porcelin flowers, geodes and nodules, broken pottery, feather hanging on horn.  Solder lines stained with Black Patina.
Detail photos - with lights on (above), with lights off (below).
This was created in Janurary 2011.


I sketch out the more realistic designs. The above photos show the design before it is cut in glass.
I start with a general design, then it takes on different shapes as I cut the design in glass. I like to embellish each work of art with found objects. In the case of "Pawnee Belle" her fringe comes from broken lampshades, Indian head nickels adorn her jacket, crushed blue glass pieces became her scarf, a chain dangles alongside the scarf.  These portraits were created in 2007. "Pawnee Belle" was traded for a large handmade Commanche drum.
More recent pieces (this summer).  Photo above is called, "Longhorn Steer", photo below is "Mexican Bull". This piece is sold. 

Glass Portraits

On display in the lobby of the Frank Lloyd Wright Art Center in Bartlesville, Ok.

"Pawnee Belle"
"Medicine Man"
"Circle of Feathers"

Abstract Buffalo

Created in 2007.
Silver solder lines were later stained with a copper patina.
Start with the "eye" (auburn rhinestone) in the left center...this helps to see the shape of this animal.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

"Longhorn Steer" -  is the name of this original glass art design.  He is 20x13 inches. The composition of this design was sketched by the artist from  looking at a photo image. Most of the glass used is called Spectrum glass which has subtle lines of a milky white color throughout. Colors used were shades of  auburn, dark bourbon brown, sienna, honey gold, caramel and deep bright orange. He is for sale at the Adelante Gallery in Oklahoma City.   

Sunday, September 11, 2011

 "Burst of Blue"
13 inches in circumference, 3 1/2- 4 inches thick (side view).
Photo taken with no flash, lights on.
Photo taken with flash, no lights on.
 I was blessed to have prosperous summer. Most of my smaller works have sold so it is time to focus on creating new things.   I love the freedom to do whatever comes to my mind. In this case I wanted to attempt another "wall blossom".  Wall Blossoms are what I call the flower-like designs that look like they are coming forth out from the wall.  Small sparkle lights are strung up inside the deisgn.  Glass sculpture by day, lighted sconce at night. It is a small but powerful accent to any room.    
 I like to incorporate several different objects to create a design. I used antique plates, a cornflower blue vase, cobalt blue bottle top,  a turquoise and gold vase, geodes and glass gems in colors of cobalt blue and chartreuse. I soldered these broken pieces together then covered the silver solder lines with a black patina. My style is eclectic and edgy. Deliberate and mysterious. Thank you for taking the time to read my blog.  
Side view of "Burst of Blue".  Must see in person to fully appreciate.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

SOLD: "Mexican Bull"

Every now and then I like to experiment with more realistic shapes. This was sketched on paper from a photo, shapes were then cut out in glass. "Mexican Bull" was sold through the Adelante Gallery located in the historic Paseo District in Oklahoma City, OK.   The client lives in Puerto that is where this bull is heading!!!

SOLD: "Blooming Red Cactus"

"Blooming Red Cactus" was created with the images of flowers blooming amongst the cactus in Sedona, AZ.  This unusual piece of glass art was sold at the Walden Fine Art Gallery, in Taos, New Mexico.