Tuesday, July 25, 2017

second act

While I have been meaning to get on here and write about the above mosaic, another cool thing happened.  I submitted to American Craft Week's call for people that do art as their "second act."  I got accepted into their on-line exhibit!  Second Acts  I have already blog posted the works they chose of mine but geez, the other artists' work is to die for.  Yeah, check it out. So thrilled to have been included.

Friday, June 23, 2017

chopping wood, carrying water

Yesterday was a super fun road trip day.  I don't always get to see my work after it is installed, but I decided to hire my favorite photographer, Jim Whetstone, and go see some of my recent projects.  Each stop was a great joy because I re-live memories of so many kids' stories.   Framing and installation always elevates the work that we did in the residency. This Milton Black Panthers' mosaic will have the frame painted black, presumably before school starts in the fall.  

The huge window above the panther made a really tough lighting situation for a photograph.  I just snapped this with my phone to show how light was bouncing around everywhere, EXCEPT on the mosaic where we wanted it.  I am really anxious to see what Jim was able to come up with.  Half of the four projects we went to involved mirror which makes things even more difficult.  Yeah, pro photos coming but I just couldn't wait. Are we there yet?  Are we there yet?  Are we there yet?

Check out Jim's work. On his home page, click on all galleries, then California light.  Whoah, right?  He's a really nice guy to work with.  Life is good.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

then for fun...

I would have a really fun time driving around on trash day and collecting things to be upcycled. For now, I have enough stuff in my own place to work on.  We had a really old picnic table that had a warped top.  I still liked it but it really bothered Rob.  We came to a perfect compromise to just replace the top.  I had this great idea about how much fun it would be to do together.  I can tell you that this was the first and last mosaic project for Rob.  It isn't anything fancy, just left over stuff in my shop.  We are both happy with the results and maybe it gave him a greater appreciation for what I do. 




Thursday, June 8, 2017

end of the school year

I can't say enough thank-yous to the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts for hiring me to do these residencies.  I want to again hire my photographer to shoot all four of these projects and will post in situ photos.  For now, I am going to share some of the photos that are of what goes on. 


 I'm anxious to see all these projects together and hung.  I am so proud of them that I have decided to make a serious effort to change my work's direction.  Way back when I was trying to decide if I should do mosaic or fused glass, I knew I should combine both.  Now, I am hoping to find ways to combine my own art with these projects because, frankly, I am addicted to both.
Who wouldn't love working with these two?
For one thing, twenty people at one time can get a whole lot of work done, FAST.  Sure, there are stinkers to contend with, and I don't always get through to them all.  I don't expect to. But when I can get through to one of these tough nuts, it is an indescribable high.  I can tell you that every day of this 40 day stretch, I was looking forward to going to "work."
One school, had a project where each kid got to make their own tile, then we started on the mosaic. 
In the third one, each kid got to do his own little section of a feather.  They chose a color and we assigned real estate.
 They made their own little video of the process and put it out on FUSFOO

 The last one was huge mirror letters that the school wanted in a mosaic of their school colors.  I was dying to do something with Ben Day dots so I was thrilled. 



For right now, I have to work on lining up some epic projects.  WOOHOOOOO!

Sunday, September 25, 2016

da life

It is amazing what a difference a pro photographer makes.  Thanks again, Jim Whetstone, for these amazing photos.  The floor is regular Home Depot marble and my glass stripes.  I had to fill underneath so the glass and marble are level, or close enough for me.  Everything difficult in this makeover was done by a contractor that I highly recommend, Vince Musser.  He removed everything old and prepared all the subfloor etc.  All I did was tile over everything.
Yeah, I DO enjoy soaking in this tub.  I feel pretty darn spoiled in my tiny bathroom.
The mosaic behind the sink is mostly mirror but it reflects the blue tub surround.  The sink's counter top is a trip because it is made with all kinds of neat stuff, covered in resin.  The leg is from a covered bridge!  This is da life. 

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

any way you can

OK, wow.  It's been a while.  I just now see that I didn't even post photos of my bathroom after it was finished.  Pfffft! Trying to up my game a bit, I have hired a professional photographer, Jim Whetstone, to get this mosaic AND my bathroom.  I just got my photos back this afternoon and as soon as I get through the bathroom ones, I will get them up too.  But NOW, I am so excited to show you my glasstronaut.  Yup, it's me and Bonz.  Just trying to make the world a better place, the only way I know how.   "any way you can" is for sale and she will be up on my site as soon as I get a chance.  If there is anyone you think would be a good fit, please send them my way!  Jim's site is linked above, check him out.  These photos are all his except the pup at the bottom taken by yours truly, me.




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  https://www.createspace.com/5803441  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.