Friday, June 8, 2018

"Glass Act"/Southeastern Michigan Glassbead Makers Guild at Bead & Button

It's Bead & Button Show time again. It's the world's largest bead show. I will have my beads, components and some finished work in the Glass Act booth - #1016.

There will be new pieces will be available for the first time at this show.



I have been exploring other materials that can be used to with my lanpwork glass to make jewelry and jewelry making components. And ways to make the pieces lighter weight and a little less expensive.

This is a new piece, it can be use as a pendant or a pin-back could be added


When I was little, my mom would plant portulaca. I thought they were so pretty and colorful - 

They remind me of the crepe paper flowers you find in Mexico. 

Below is my version of Portulaca. They have a wire loop in the back and can be threaded onto ribbon, beading wire or used with jump rings. 


Will have to post finished pieces later. As I always say, I'd rather be in my studio making stuff than playing on the computer.


More to come!


Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Traditions Unlimited

Am behind as usual with my blog. But have many things to cover.

While in Puerto Vallarta I met a gentleman, Ray, from Erie, PA and to make this short - wanted to put my work in a gallery setup in Traditions Unlimited


Ray works for the State of Pennsylvania's Area Agency on Aging.

And for March, I am their featured artist.

And no, I have no problem with "The Art of Aging". 
As long as I am aging - I'm still on the planet.

So Valiant, Bonnie Blue and Ms Suess had the opportunity to travel to Pennsylvania.

I am happy to have a new place to show my work.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

A New Friend



While on our trip last fall to the Galapagos, I found myself sketching idea for making a turtle.  


We had seen literally tons of Galapagos tortoises (they weight 400-600 pounds). 

The land tortoises are certainly "interesting" looking, but not very cute and cuddly inspiration. We were told by our guide at the Darwin Institute that Stephen Spielberg had visited the Galapagos a couple of years before the movie ET came out and he was inspired by the tortoises faces for the character of ET.


We were given a very good guide book to keep and it did have some pictures of the sea turtle but I then remembered I had pictures from a previous trip to Cancun and the turtle farm where they collect the sea turtle eggs, protect them after hatching until they are big enough to return to the ocean.

A  long and drawn out way to introduce my newest glass animal friend...
He doesn't have an official name yet. We are torn between Y.A. Turtle but you'd have to be a football fan going back to the 1960's to get it. And there's Yurtle the Turtle but he doesn't remind me of Seuss's Turtle.

We shall see what his name is soon...







Thursday, February 1, 2018

Inspiration in the Wildest Places

Last September, we were fortunate enough to go to the Galapagos Islands and experience the wonderful creature that inhabit the islands. 

We were told not to go within 5 feet of the animals (the animals and everything on the islands is protected - including the stones) We we amused because on several occasions the animals were as close as in "you humans are going to have to step over me cause we're not moving."

At any rate, I fell in love with the Boobys. 

There are 3 kinds, the Blue-footed Booby, the Red-Footed Booby and the Nazca Booby.

Have tons of pictures - we watched a mating dance and they paid no attention to us.

I purchased a couple of figurines of the Blue=Footed Booby for inspiration. One was very realistic and the other was more "whimsical". 
Guess which one was my biggest inspiration - the funny one.






So here is my take - on the Blue-Footed Booby. HIs title is "Scooby Dooby Blue" - think Frank Sinatra.





Monday, January 29, 2018

Happy Belated New Year

November and December were busy months - November included two major shows and of course Thanksgiving. Then off to Cancun for a week and home to Christmas preparations.

January I got to head to Boston to meet up with a friend. The weather was OK but got better as the week went on. I got to visit the Harvard Art Museums among other places. I was able to see some paintings Had only seen in books. 

But I was blown away by a box of post cards in the gift shop - which I bought of course.

I will looking for more information on his early art work - and will be posting more photos shortly along with the artist name.

And will be adding some of my new work for the New Year,

Friday, October 13, 2017

Busy October

Bead Bonanza is this Sunday, October 15th, at the Southfield Civic Center. The show begins at 10 and runs until 5. I will be with Candy Orow and with some of Joy Cichewicz's computer printed earring findings - which are pretty cool - at the Fire Foxes booth.
"Our Town Show & Sale"

Also, I will have 5 pieces of jewelry at the "Our Town Art Show and Sale" at The Community House in Birmingham, MI.  

It's a short show, October 20 - 22 but it is a big show and showcases the work of a lot of Michigan artists.

"Our Town Art Show & Sale"

Monday, October 2, 2017

October

This promises to be a busy month for me. My finished work will be in two shows month - Our Town Art Show & Sale at the Community Livonia Fire Arts Exhibition in Livonia.

Our Town is probably the shortest gallery exhibition around - from Thursday night, October 20 thru Saturday, October 22. It fills most of the Community House! 

It is the biggest fund raiser and contains a lot of local art. I will have several pieces of new jewelry in the show. I have done this show for probably 7 years.

The Livonia Fine Arts Exhibition is a new show for me. I decided to work on showing my finished work. This show runs from October 2 thru the 28. It is located in the Bennett Civic Center Library, Fine Arts Gallery. Unfortunately, I don't have a graphic for them.

Two of my feathered friends will be on display there - "Valentine" and "Valiant".