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Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Three Artistic Wishes for 2016

It's that time of year.  You know the time when we think a little bit more about what we could have done, and what we want to do differently for the upcoming year?  I guess I'm no different.  Introspection is healthy.  If we go the same route year after year, we don't grow, change and improve.

So I will whittle it down to three points artistically that I want to explore in the next year, and would love to hear your comments about what you are doing.  Let's keep it positive, because a half full glass is so much more encouraging than a half empty one.

In 2016...
* I'd like to explore more mediums to combine with my glass artwork.  I've been contemplating it for quite a while, and some of you might know that I used to do watercolors, before glass. I'm not sure if that is the medium I'll use, and where I'm going to go, but it's time for a multi medium adventure and I'm excited about it.
* I'd also like to pick an area in my glass work and expand the technical difficulty of what I do.  Whether it is picking another technique to learn at a higher level, increase the size of my glass sculpture, or what... no decision yet, but I'll show you as I am figuring it out.
* And finally, I'd like to find ways to better communicate to others about how I do my art, so that others can benefit from it too.  I have focused on photographing my beads, but maybe this is the year of online classes, videos, or perhaps live studio feeds.  Open to ideas and suggestions there too.

But most of all, I'd like to wish you a Happy New Year for 2016.  And I'm serious about the "Happy" part.  If you're like me, we get caught up in our busy hamster-wheel lifestyle and sometimes forget to take a little time for the little things that bring us joy.  Wishing you joy and let's stay in touch.

Friday, December 18, 2015

Christmas Sparkle in Glass Art

I know they look like glitter sticks, but this is dichroic glass that I use sometimes in my art.  They are made to add "sparkle".  Here are some examples where I use it in my bears.  I think the sparkle looks like little stars in the sky.
There bears were part of a custom order for snow globes. These are ideal, because the water magnifies the details and the translucency of these really glow in the light.

Wishing you a wonderful holiday season and Happy New Year.  See you in January.