Wednesday, January 22, 2014

11, 12, 13, 14...only 7 paintings behind!

 5x7 fused glass and enamel click here to buy

     My studio is clean and organized and I am slowly moving all my "piles" of art supplies from all over the house back into the studio......just in time for -11 degree temps tomorrow....sigh.  I've been very slow at getting back into painting, mostly due to the cold, but also because all of the reference photos I had gathered for the January challenge are on my computer that has fried it's power supply twice this month. (I think due to the car that hit the light pole earlier this month that is now propped up and lashed with another light pole, waiting for spring to dig a hole.) It's now in the hands of the Geek Squad and I'll be up and running in no time, (with a back up of my hard drive),  but it just seems as if painting this month is not going to come willingly.   Thankfully, I still have glass to play with, and I've been obsessed with finding just the right technique in glass that actually looks like a painting.  After weeks of experiments with enamels, glass, and a combination of both, I think I may have found it.  There have been lots of failures, most are in fractured piles right now, but a few close successes.  I've been working from images of paintings I've already done so if these seem familiar, you know why ;)  

Here is another fused glass "painting" from one I've painted in oil before.  This is one for the pile of tears because of the huge air bubbles, or it would have been destined for one more firing to do the detail work,  but I think I've solved that problem for future works.

Here is an abstract with some bits and pieces of failed experiments

and here is an oil painting I did the other day to get back in the swing of things.  I painted this before at Dreama's workshop and it came easy for me then, but not so much now without practice.  I will keep plugging along though.  The weather is supposed to continue to be record cold so the kiln will likely be humming and if it gets warm enough, I will be painting again soon!


  1. You're doing amazing stuff despite all of these challenges. Hats off to you, Kristen! I love the new direction your glass is taking. Can't wait to see more!

  2. -11 degrees? Sounds like a fabulous day to spend IN the studio. With the heater turned on. With plenty of water and hot cocoa mix sitting next to the microwave. :)

  3. It seems like you are on to something, it is a very cool direction! Love the chicken!!!!

  4. All of these paintings are beautiful. I like the air bubbles in the landscape and think you should do the detail work and call it a winner!