Winter Birches 8x10 In Progress #5 of 30
Spring Forest 8x10 In Progress #4 of 30
Fall Forest #3 of 30 SOLD
Spring Trees #2 of 30 5x7 available
Frozen Forest #1 of 30 4x6 Available
I've had lots of year end activities and visitors (still have kiddos home, and was very excited and surprised that my middle son Jared was able to come home from the Navy for a week after the New Year!)
In the meantime, my temporary studio has been in the basement, which is great for keeping up with the laundry ;) and I've been working on glass painting and experimenting with techniques I began playing with over 6 years ago. I have used enamel with glass fusing since I first started fusing, but this past summer was introduced to some different techniques by a jeweler who uses enamel on her silver jewelery. I haven't had any time since the crush of the summer shows and then the gallery that was opened through December, but I am excited to try to use my painting skills with my glass skills. I'm sure my initial attempts will be "interesting" but what I love about the 30 in 30 challenge is the ability to just experiment and share and get feedback from others.
I've been experimenting with my favorite subject matter, Birch Trees, using a combination of powdered glass as well as enamel, among other things. When I went to Portland last May, I had the privelage of going to the Oregon coast and visiting a town that had lots of impressive galleries. One of them had artwork by a regional glass artist whose work I admired and I am just now getting around to really exploring her work. I hope to visit sometime soon for a workshop as her techniques are very fascinating and complex. In the coming weeks I hope to explore some of these techniques in between oil painting. The great thing about being both an oil painter and glass artist is that I have something to keep me occupied while impatiently waiting for the kiln to cool! Stay tuned for day 6 and 7 as the glass is in the kiln as I type!