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.  

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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!!

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.

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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.

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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?

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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

Art on the Lake XII

I am so proud to be showing my art at this years' "Art on the Lake" premier art show in Big Bear Lake this weekend.  I have been working very hard for a couple of weeks, just making, making, making more tile on wood pieces than ever before. 

This time my pieces range from bears to eagles...  

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finches to owls......

Treetops and Turquiose

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Caterpillars to butterflies and more....
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Sweet Summer Scene 1

As I said, I have been working hard.  I am proud of all of my work and really looking forward to a great show.  There is an artist's reception on Friday night, then the show both Saturday and Sunday.  If you happen to be up in Big Bear, please stop by and say Hi!  There is no entrance fee and you can't beat the location right in the Marina.

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Marina Resort
40770 Lakeview Dr.
Big Bear Lake, CA  

A Little Color

The third step of each of my tile paintings includes covering up my reverse painting with a layer of frit that will end up being the base/background.  I have had some failures with dark colors, colors too transparent, colors that blend into the painting, etc.  

That is why I have generally been steering towards using a plain opaque vanilla color.  Almost every piece looks good on this color, they stand out and even get a little extra punch from the neutral background.

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Well, this time my painting was much simpler - just one of my narrow black spindly trees.  I knew that the background would make this piece stand out.  I ended up layering colors of transparent greens and blues to create a landscape.  The transparent has to then be backed with the vanilla color in order for it not to disappear when the tile is mounted onto the wood.  

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I think the finished result is bright, vibrant and fun!

Another Owl - Bird a Week #19

Just for fun, I drew a little fantasy owl.  You have to know about me that I can draw things more true to life if I have the item or a picture in front of me.  I have more difficulty getting proportions and other angles correct when I try to draw from my head.

Maybe that is one reason that I tend to like to draw trees, leaves, things like that.  They might not look truly realistic, but they still look like the object I intended and can even be more interesting.  

So, when I draw off the top of my head I call them fantasy drawings.  You (hopefully) recognize the item or animal I am drawing, but it really isn't something you would ever see in real life.

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So, this owl is just a sweet, fat little guy.  I had fun with his lines and shape. He is mounted on a piece of drift wood I found at Lake Silverwood that I sawed in half to create a flat portion for the glass to sit on.  The owl is about 3-1/2" tall and the overall piece is about 5" high and 10" wide.

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A Small Diversion

My main focus of my art is, of course, glass.  Sometimes, though, an idea will strike that I can't pass up.  This time, I was looking at my box full of driftwood pieces to put together some wood backings for glass.  I had quite a few that were simply too small to be of any use for that purpose. 

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But, they were just perfect for creating some jewelry pieces.  I drilled them from the front or the side (depending on the piece) and did a light varnishing over the whole piece.  The varnish really brought out the color of the wood and made them quite rich looking. 

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Then I simply took some off-white acrylic paint and hand painted a tree on each one.  Some are leafless trees, a couple are pine style trees.  The solid off-white paint is what makes them very simple, yet classy looking.  On two of them I then put some adhesive over the paint and laid on a sheet of white gold leaf.  When all was dry I coated the painted surface again with varnish to seal them.

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My favorites are the darker wood.

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This one has some of the white gold leaf.

This was such a fun diversion - I can definitely see more of these in my future! And, I got a lot of nice comments on the one I wore this weekend and even sold one at one of my shows!  Yay!

You can look for them on my Etsy shop if you are interested.

Reclaimed Fence Boards

I finished several tiles this past week.  A co-worker was kind enough to give me all of his old fence boards he was tearing down.  To some, that would mean a pile of trash.  To me, it means Art Project! 

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"A Fruitful Day"  approx 3 x 6-1/2" - The hares I have been doing have really been fun.

I have used these boards as backings for my tiles.  They make a terrific, rustic look and really contrast so well with the glossy-ness of the glass.  The addition of the small branch pieces gives the pieces dimension and makes a great framework.

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"Over the River"  Another hare :)    

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"Leaf It All"  Ode to leaves.  Notice the leaf wing on the bird?

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"Fox Run"  This one was fun.  The fox is another of my favorite animals to draw and paint.  The tree, though is the focus on this piece.  It is almost lyrical in its form.

I hope you enjoyed these.  I have a bunch more wood ready for glass.  Gotta cut the glass, draw some designs and get paintin'!  See you soon!

Birds #17 & 18

I feel like I have been swamped.  I was doing so good at posting often, but now haven't posted since April 25th!  Wow!

Well, since I missed last week, I have for you my bird-a-week pieces for week #17 and #18 here today.

Bird #17 - 
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This is titled Bluebird on Gold.  You might recognize this as actually being the image for my bird #16.  Last time you saw this it was just a pencil drawing.  The painting came out quite pretty and vibrant.  It is a 4 x 4" tile, mounted on gold fabric and framed. 

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This was titled by my husband - "Night Stalker".  Sounds gloomy, but really seems to fit, I think.  The tile is about 7 x 7" and is mounted on some reclaimed fence boards and framed by small tree limbs.  

You might recognize this piece.  I believe I originally showed this as a water color pencil drawing.  Again, the painted glass is so much more vibrant.  I am hoping to use the glass image for some greeting cards.  

I am going to do my best to keep up with the weekly birds.  But I also finished several other pieces this week and will be posting those real soon.



Truth & Reality Totem

So, I wanted to make a totem with animal spirits that I hadn't tackled yet.  Up came a spider, a squirrel and a wolf.  Having a very tall, narrow piece of wood just begging for a totem, I ended up choosing a total of 5 animals for this totem.

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I call this my truth and reality totem because these animals all, in some way, symbolize our need to seek, find and use the truth in our realities.  

The spider is the weaver of reality, the butterfly is a representation of one's ability to transform our truths into reality, the lizard teaches us to respect and remember our dreams (our subconcious realities), the squirrel affects our lives by encouraging us to seek and gather positive beliefs on which to lay our reality and the wolf is the discoverer of the truth.


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Totems April 18, 2011 014The totem is approximately 16" tall, 3 x 6" at the base and 3 x 2" at the top.  I always create a sheet with the meanings of each animal especially for each totem. 

If you are interested in a custom totem or any of the totems I have shown on my blog, let me know, I am always happy to sell online and ship to you.