Friday, December 01, 2006
Thursday, November 30, 2006
Here are two more variations of my Hill Country
landscapes. One is titled
"Hill Country Sunset III".
The other is "Blue Moon Rising". The sunset piece was just finished today. On it I have added a few pieces of glass to the frame as though the image comes outside the limits of the frame. Both have additional layers of glass added (glass plating) which add to the detail and depth of the colors.
"Blue Moon Rising" is sold. The other piece is available.
Sunday, October 29, 2006
This is my most recent commission piece. It was done for another artist and he designed the layout and asked me to interpret it. The image includes almost all things Texas - the flag, yellow roses, a Mockingbird, and of course, the Alamo! I am showing it both before installation and his photos of it after installation.
Sunday, October 01, 2006
These two windows were completed on our recent trip to Colorado. One is a remake of my Hill Country Sunset design with more reds and blues and less orange. The second is one of my typical Texas Wildflower designs. Neither of these have the additional layers of glass added to the surface.
Thursday, September 07, 2006
Thursday, August 31, 2006
Here are the latest windows. The Mockingbird and Roses is new and the Wildflower Bouquet has been reworked with additional layers of glass being added to some of the elements. This creates a more dimensional effect. Both will be displayed at Studio 2600 in Dallas.
Tuesday, August 08, 2006
Here are three new pieces that I completed in the past week. The large "Yellow Rose of Texas" is a commission piece and the other two are to place at Artisans of Rocky Hill Gallery in Fredricksburg, Texas. The smaller one titled "Yellow Rose and Bluebonnet Medley" uses a new technique that I haven't tried before. The flowers are made of multiple layers of glass which adds to their dimension and also enhance their colors.
Tuesday, August 01, 2006
Here is my latest window. I have included a mockingbird with Yellow Roses and my always present bluebonnets. The photos have some trees behind the bottom of the piece so the flower and bird detail are not shown as well as they are in person.
Wednesday, July 26, 2006
Here is the largest project that I have tackled so far. In the photos you will see that this bathroom door had a large glass panel. The client wanted this to be the bathroom for guests to access from their new pool. The client and her husband are both diving enthusiasts and had decorated the room with all kinds of fishy "stuff". Their only direction was to use as much color as possible and make it whimsical. The additional photos show the completed project. This panel was so large and delicate that I was unable to lift it to see the transmitted light until it was actually installed on site. We were very happy with the results!
Thursday, July 20, 2006
Here is my most recent piece. It is a vase which is 24" tall and approximately 12" across at the widest point. It is very dimensional because of the large vintage jewels used and also because of the use of broken safety glass for the clear background. I have been carrying 2 buckets of this safety glass around for severl years. It has moved with me a couple of times and just never knew what to use if for. I would recommend it!!! You get a completely different look since it is cracked but not separated in many places. This allows direct light to really reflect on those cracks! Now I only have one and 3/4 buckets to move around.
Tuesday, July 18, 2006
Many of my windows and vases are images of Texas Wildflowers. Here are some examples of a few of the smaller ones. They all include both new and vintage stained glass and vintage glass jewels.
Sunday, July 16, 2006
One fun use for glass mosaics is to create them using old window frames. The frame can be painted or left "rough" depending on the look you want. The only way I have displayed mine so far have been hung on a patio so there has been a little protection from the elements but I think you could just as easily hang them in some sort of a frame in your garden. Since windows are constructed to withstand weather, I believe they would be very durable shown this way. These were made with my usual glass-on-glass mosaic technique. My design was of 6 different Texas wildflowers - Purple Cone Flower, Indian Blanket, Sunflower, Indian Paintbrush, Bluebonnets, and Yuccas.
Tuesday, July 11, 2006
Well, said I would post pictures of my current project but have been too lazy to take any so here are some photos of my interpretations of two native american kachinas. They are approximately 2 1/2 to 3 feet tall. Both were made by gluing the mosaic pieces to nylon mesh - when the design was complete I trimmed all the way around and glued them on plywood. My husband cut the forms out and added the support pieces which allow them to stand. He suggested that it would add a lot of dimension to the piece if I would also mosaic the edges so on the second (Eagle Kachina) I did just that . Some of the feathers were enhanced with glass enamel that was painted on and then baked. I have hopes of creating more of these in the future.
Tuesday, July 04, 2006
This piece measures 20 inches tall and 10 inches across the top. It is on display at "Artisans of Rocky Hill Gallery" in Fredricksburg Texas. The subject matter is our beloved Texas Bluebonnets. Because of the curve of the glass, pieces have to be kept to a very small size!!! Time consuming! This is made with new and vintage stained glass and many vintage glass jewels. The detail of the veining on the leaves was added with glass enamels, baked on and then applied face (painted surface) down. This protectes the painted image so it can never be scratched or marred in any way. I am now working on a larger vase and will try to display a few photos of the piece in progress.
Monday, July 03, 2006
Here is another cat portrait that I was commissioned to do. His name is Boots. We decided to add Texas Wildflowers and a butterfly since the client was fond of butterflies. This one - as with most that I do - contains both new and vintage stained glass and vintage glass jewels. If you like looking at animal portraits I have done several more (the previous post is another cat). I will try to add additional images daily. I would love to hear from other artists that do a similar kind of mosaics!!!