Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Work in Progress: Fused Glass Bowls

The first step is to bake them in the kiln so they are flat.

Today I spent some time trimming the edges with a tile saw and grinding down the edges so they are smooth. I have a little more work to do on the first bowl, but the mountains is waiting to be slumped in a cone bowl mold. 

Below are images of the bowls before I cleaned up the edges and before they are slumped.

Unique features include on purpose bubble creation, color bar (down the center) and foliage imprints (with powered glass and leaves/petals).

Your typical strip bowl.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Impasto Progress

Basically "thick painting". I used a palette knife and impasto medium to paint produce.

Not a bad start to a Monday.

Cucurbita pepo
oil paint and impasto medium
7"w x 5"h

Citrus paradisi
oil paint and impasto medium
5"w x 5"h

workspace and grapefruit studies.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Glazing Medium, Before and After

I'm taking an oil painting class on Monday morning. We work in water-soluble oils. Being that I never work in oil paint for real, I have a lot of technical aspects to learn.

This morning we used a glazing medium. Starting with an acrylic painting in grey tones, we "watered" down the oil paints to a wash consistency and gave the painting a wash of color. The thin oil paint tinted the already shadowed areas and gave it depth without all the work.

(acrylic grey tones)

(finished oil painting) 

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

In Progress: Fused Glass

Trying to make use of my new co-op membership by putting in some hours at Davis Studio's glass studio. Here's a preview of my bowls-to-be

My strip bowl of a mountain landscape waiting to go in the kiln:

Color-bar pre-tile saw:

Color-bar post-tile saw:

Bowl waiting for kiln:
(color-bar down the center)

Friday, August 15, 2014

Official Invite: WEIRD SCIENCE Art Reception

What: WEIRD SCIENCE art reception
When: Friday, August 15th from 6:00 - 8:00 pm
Where: Art's Alive Gallery at Main Street Landing's Union Station, 1 Main Street, Burlington

For my out-of-state, Friday-working followers, here's a preview of my contribution entitled, Burl Mount and composed of paper mache and acrylic paint.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Fused Glass Vase Hard at Work

Lucky for this vase, which I made over the winter, the elementary school around the corner from my house has raised beds of flowers that they encourage neighbors to pick. So after almost becoming a change jar during the frosty winter...pardon me...icy winter months, I am happy to say the cityscape flower vase will be put to work full-time for the next couple summer months.

The process of draping fused glass to form this vase required me to create a large fused glass square. I then tack fused it (which means to fuse at a lower temperature), setting it on a stainless steel cup so that it dripped over the edges and formed this vase-like shape.

CityScapes, Not a Starry Night 
fused glass

CityScapes, Not a Starry Night (2)
fused glass

And now let's see the lovely wildflowers..

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

WEIRD SCIENCE Art Show...Now Showing!

WHAT: Weird Science Art Show; a group show containing artwork depicting the theme of weird science and the only additional guidelines were that it be wired and ready to hang.

WHERE: Arts Alive Gallery, 1 Main Street, Burlington, VT (Main Street Landing, Union it what you will)

WHEN: July 13, 2014 - August 30, 2014

I just knew my paper-mache sculpture of the redwood burl had a place in the fine art world! The first of its kind, unique in its nature, this is what you can look forward to seeing in person if you attend the show...(you can even touch it, I don't care what anyone says):

Burl Mount
3'h x 1.5'w
paper mache and acrylic