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September 2011

Fall Shows

Just wanted to give you a quick update of my upcoming shows for this fall.  I am going to be a very busy little bee!

October 1st - I will have space at the Crestline Art-Tiques Walk from 4pm to 8pm.  This includes a wine walk put on by the Crestline Chamber of Commerce.

October 8th - Pine Cone Festival in Twin Peaks.  A wonderful mountain experience with Pine Cone art, music and contests!

October 15 & 16 - Big Bear Oktoberfest in Big Bear, CA.  Should be tons of fun with art, music and BEER!

November 4th - First Friday at The Lake House in Cedar Glen.  I am one of the featured artists for this event happening 4 to 7pm - come on down for Wine, Hors d’oeuvres, Friendship & Fine Art!  What a great way to start your weekend !

November 6th - Festival of Fine Art in Redlands.  This will be an all day Sunday show.  It is a fine event with wine, pianist and upscale art and artists.  It is being held in the old Fox Theatre in downtown Redlands.  I am really looking forward to seeing the old building and the history of it.

November 19 & 20 - Arts and Crafts show at the Oak Glen Retreat in Oak Glen, CA.  This is the heart of one of Southern California's apple orchard areas.  I expect lots of good apple foods and wonderful new artists.

November 25, 26, 27 - Holiday Arts and Crafts Fair at the San Moritz Lodge in Crestline, CA.  I did this show last year for the first time and had a lot of fun!  The lodge is large, warm and inviting and the variety of arts and crafts is just great!

December 10th - Christmas Tree Lane Lighting Ceremony and Winter Arts and Crafts Festival in Altadena, CA.  This one is fantastic.  There is one street overhanging with majestic deodars that are strung with over 10,000 holiday lights.  The festival has music, arts and crafts and of course, the trees are lit.  

Autumn Trio

I have been working on stuff like crazy and I don't think the pace will slow until around December 11th.  I look forward to seeing some of you at one or more of my shows.  Happy Fall!!

Tortoise and the Hare

So, remember that I mentioned in my last post about the new tiles I made this week?  I got them out of the final firing today and mounted on their wood. 

My two favorites happen to be the Tortoise and the Hare! Funny!

Desert Green
"Desert Green"  Approx. 6 x 7 x 7" overall

Tiles on Wood 004
"Listen Up"  Approx. 5 x 6 x 8" overall

These two were a lot of fun.  I got the inspiration for both of them from a British magazine called BBCWildlife that I picked up at Barnes and Noble a couple of months ago.  Their photography is wonderful and the subject matter is perfect for me.

You will have to excuse the somewhat grainy appearance of the close up on the tortoise.  I dropped my camera while on vacation this summer and it is a touch screen camera.  It still takes photos, but I can't manipulate the flash or the focus.  I used my iphone to take that picture.  I love the capabilities, but just not quite as crisp as I would like.  Alas, a new camera is in the cards.

Pile 'O Pendants

I am trying to get ready for the upcoming holiday season shows.  I have several in October, lining up some for November and at least one in December also.  I will be updating my website Shows section as the locations, dates and times are confirmed.

In anticipation of some great shows, I have been making jewelry and tile pieces like crazy.  I have to get working on more ornaments as well.

Photo 1

Up til now I had only been painting my little driftwood pendants with an off white painted tree design.  I decided to try the black paint on the light wood colors and I think I love them!  I have also begun using stone beads above the pendant instead of the metal beads.  I found some beautiful agate and jasper on my vacation in Oregon this summer that I think simply accentuate the wood tones.  I am pretty particular about which beads I use for each necklace.

Photo 2

I've got 15 tile pieces in the kiln that will be mounted on wood.  Some of them I am pretty excited to see finished.  I tried a close up of a giant tortoise and a close up on a hare as well as some leaves, trees, an owl and other birds.  Oh yeah, and another little mouse.  Fun Stuff!

It's not too early.... Is it?

Ornements 5

It's not too early to start planning for the holiday show season, is it?  Last year in the Lake Arrowhead Mountain Art's Co-Op Gallery that I belong to they set up a Christmas tree and artists were invited to hang their handmade ornaments for sale.

I hung some that I had made in previous years and sold a few of them, however I felt completely unprepared. 

This year, I had been rolling an idea around in my head and this is what I came up with.  Clear glass squares 2" wide, hand painted with my signature trees and liquid gold or white gold stars painted on each tree.  Each ornament has 2 squares of glass and in between is a combination of paint, frit and/or mica powders.  I fused in wire rings on the tops and bottoms and used a cotton cord for hanging and matching glass beads dangling off of the bottoms.

The glass catches the light and the sweet little trees show off the holiday spirit.

I think my favorite so far is this pale blue and silver one. (My hubby says it looks like the Crystaline Entity - from Star Trek - What does he know?)

Ornaments 2 - blue