Thursday, January 21, 2016

no, for real

You never saw this coming, did you?  I wrote a freaking book!   Yeah, it's a REAL book.  OMG, this is surreal.  It hasn't really sunk in yet.  I thought I finished it a few years ago but then there is this little thing called editing.  My daughter informed me that I had to call my pile of papers a MANUSCRIPT, not a book. 

Judging from the questions I get, I often think that people have the wrong impression of what it is really like to chase a dream.  I try to answer questions as honestly as possible but back in the middle of 2010, I decided to just tell you everything.  A lot of people have told me they would like to see in my head.  Well, this is as close as I can get to showing you.  This is MY story in MY language... at least a few years of my journey.  My hope is that maybe my ramblings about my journey might help you on yours.

If you DO read this book and it helps you, please recommend it to a friend.  I'm not really sure how this will all work out because my mission is to sell my art.  I have to figure out how a book fits in.  The link to purchase is here  It is 13 smackaroos.  I will keep you posted.  Right now, I will try to wrap my head around the fact that I wrote a book.  Life is good.  What a ride.

Monday, January 4, 2016

blue gush

When I install something in my own home, I think about resale.  I really do.  I wanted to do my tiny bathroom entirely in soft greys, but have a way blue glass sink.  THAT would be the cool feature in the bathroom.  I started on the floor.  No problem there.  I used $4 a square Home Depot marble tiles and added my glass.
Then I started on the tub surround and got about this far and began thinking that I have to live in this house till I sell it.  

That could be a long time.  So thoughts about neutral colors are set aside when I saw this glass.
This needs cleaned up quite a bit, still has spacers in, and it gets a grey grout like the floor.  But you get the idea.  There is a tub under the newspaper and blue tape.  Tomorrow, I start the sink.  WOOHOOOO blue!

Monday, October 19, 2015

dreams coming true

Once again, I thank the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts for what they do to make projects like this possible.  This was a tremendous undertaking for these kids.  I am just unbelievably proud of them.  Over half of the fifty foot mosaic was covered by seventh and eighth graders!  Some of the classes only had a handful of kids in them.  One of the cutest things is how wonky the letters are in Walt's name.  That was a student's idea.  A different student suggested that we use a mouse for the dot in his i.  
 One day when I asked them to clean up, they grumbled that they wanted to continue mosaicking a little longer.  I said they could if they promised to clean up fast.  They did!
 The goal was to make something colorful for above the book shelves in their school library.  This is a photoshop mock up of what it should look like once it is installed.  For the record, I FIRMLY believe this Disney quote.  Yeah, dreams coming true.

Monday, September 28, 2015

this is why

Today I started a new residency in Muncy.  This one is the first time that I have done the same school two years in a row. Because of that, there are a lot of these kids that I have worked with before.  Right at the top of my day, one of the kids I met last year told me that he remembered videos I had showed him and he said he already started working in a job that has him doing what he loves.  Yeah, it doesn't get any better than this.
Our mosaic is a 50 ft. Disney quote, "All of our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them."  How can it get any better?

Monday, June 22, 2015

looking forward

looking forward (30 x 48 inches plus frame)

OK, the very first residency I did was in Warrior Run, a school that really values the arts in every form because a lot of their admin is comprised of former art teachers.  The whole school has a wonderful feel to it.  Besides their own art from classes and residencies, they were really proud to show me their art collection purchased from various professional artists. I was impressed. 
 Each year, the graduation class does fund raisers to make money to purchase an art commission that will be added to the collection for future students to enjoy.  I was so proud that they chose me to commission art from this year. 

They wanted their logo and name somewhere within the design, so I chose to put it smack in the middle.
Then I continued on with all my stripes, dots and bubbles that make something billet.

Blue glass and blue glass and blue glass.  Life is good.  Thanks Warrior Run!

Friday, June 12, 2015

meanwhile... back at the shop

Working on a commission and eye'm getting really close to the end.  I had said that the difficult part would be the iris because most of it was hand made glass that was inlaid.  But yeah.  I knew that cutting eyelashes would be a crazy assed feat too.  I wasn't thinking about filling in around them.  Then seriously, find glass that is the right color to make a booger pocket for an eye??!

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

how can it get any better??!!

A friend told me that when something really good happens, she always thinks to herself, "How can it get any better?"   ... and then it somehow does.  An example, you say?  So, I got this mosaic done weeks back and there was a little reception yesterday at the community center (MACC) where the mosaic was installed.  That's cool enough, right?  But here is how the Universe will one-up an already great thing.  We (my mom and I) drove a roundabout way through the mountains to get to MACC because we went somewhere to eat that was much further than I had thought.  So on the way to the shindig, we went RIGHT PAST the entrance to the Mt Pisgah alter that MACC wanted in their mosaic.  We had never been there before and happened to be just early enough to drive up.
You can see it was an absolutely stunning day.  Serious inspiration, for sure.  Anyway... kicking it up even further- I was told that there is another project in the works that has my name on it.  This one is about half an hour closer to home.  Somebody pinch me.  Thank you again, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.