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Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Seasonal Daydreams About The Beach

I'm not someone who goes fishing, but when it gets cold and gray outside, I do daydream about being at the beach.  And it seems like every year, I do this.  It comes out in my beads.  Last year we swam with the manatees about this time and I made manatee and whale beads.  This year, I keep thinking how I can't wait to go to a warm beach and swim in the ocean and out come fish.

So I am not calling it a "seasonal disorder", but maybe a "seasonal inner wish" which manifests itself in my art.  This year I am working more in transparent and metallic reflective glass- more sparkle and light transmitting and reflecting.  I didn't think I was a "bling girl", but at this point, I'm enjoying it a lot.

I'll be selling these and others via my Facebook page, and in my etsy shop,  Feel free to pop by and check things out.  See you next week.

Friday, January 22, 2016

Fish. It's All About the Angle and Reflective Light.

It's a little hard to believe this is the same glass fish.  The top photo was taken in my table top photography cube that uses daylight bulbs.  The second shot was taken in my dining room by the  window with cloudy daylight filtering in.  I angled it to show the reflective silver glass I used on it and the touch of shimmery dichroic glass in the body.  What a difference the slight difference of light and the different angle makes!  Same fish, photos were taken 15 minutes apart. I like both photos.  Do you prefer either one?  

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Fish and Water Scenes... Something New to Show You

I don't think I'm alone when I dream about warm sunny beaches this time of year.  Even living in Atlanta, it gets a little too cold.  

When I take time for "playing", which means going somewhere different in glass, oftentimes the beads I make directly show what's been swirling in my head.    

For those who have been following me a long time, you'll know I spent my early years near the ocean.  It is what calls me and where I tend to be very happy.   Give me the sound and view of waves and surf, the distinctive scent, a few boats, even seagulls calling and plenty of sunshine.  It's one of my happy places.

So it's not a surprise that a fish with a water scene is my latest bead. When I painted watercolors, we had "happy accidents", where you were surprised but pleased with how something turned out.  This is one of those.  I thought I was using a different glass, but this one had silver in it and reacted differently than I expected.  Now to see if I can replicate and have it do what I wish on purpose.  Cross your fingers for me.  I think this is one of the directions I'd like to explore.  See you soon!

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Oh The Places I've Been

You might be wondering, "what is that little ugly lump of glass?" Well, I wanted to show you my first bead that I ever made. I was so delighted that somehow I had found some "magic" glass because part of it turned a kind of brick red. Little did I know, that I was holding it too close in to the flame and the copper was coming to the surface. lol. The ends are thin and sharp and of course it is very saggy and uneven. But it is a good reminder to keep. Of where I've been and where I want to go. And that we all start at the beginning and practice will make us so much better. 

So now I am done reminiscing. I just thought you might get a chuckle out of the ugly little mess that started a wonderful connection to art, fantastic friends, students and my tribe of people who all enjoy similar things.  I wanted to thank you for helping make my life such a joy. Blessings to you all.