Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Valentine Bowl - Complete!

After four firings to get the drape right...

Here she is!
Completed and waiting to be filled with candy. Guess it will have to be Easter candy now...

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Perfect Day!

Yesterday was an unseasonably warm day here in the Hill Country. Yes, I usually brag about the February weather in Texas, but it was even better than usual.

I am taking Flora Bowley's painting class and am a bit behind in the homework. I decided to load up the wagon and take my paintings out to the "Happy Place" aka "cleared spot for new studio". Who needs walls and a roof when it is a sunny 80 degrees?

Below are pictures of my painting spot along with the before and afters of my canvases.

After my afternoon painting session, I headed down to Wired Designs Studio to hear Devon Willis from Bullseye Glass talk about glass reactions. The chemistry in the glass pigments does some cool things when certain glasses are combined. Afterwards, Gail cut up some glass so we could try things out for ourselves. My samples are below:

My samples in the kiln.

Ooh - Lusters on French Vanilla!

Dense White and French Vanilla!

What a fantastic day! Too bad vacation will be over and I will have to go back to the day job next week. Playing is so much more fun!

Friday, February 24, 2012

Sunday Drive, Part 3 - Becker Vinyards

After visiting the Sculpture Ranch, we drove over to the Becker Vinyards and Lavender Farm for a little wine tasting. What a way to cap off a beautiful February day - sitting in the sunshine sipping local wine, a little snack and listening to music! This is why we love Texas!

Fired Up Kitchen made fresh pizzas from their rolling pizza oven! Yum!!!

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Sunday Drive, Part 2 - The Sculpture Ranch

Italian artisit Benini and his wife have a home and an art gallery nestled in the Texas Hill Country just outside Johnson City on a piece of LBJ's former ranch. The house sits on top of a hill with spectacular views. The 140 acres display 110 contemporary sculptures and a gallery for Benini's work. The ranch is now for sale so we figured we'd better get up there to check it out. We also bought a lottery ticket on the way - just in case...

Below are some of my favorites on the ranch.

 Agaves - LaPaso

 Transit - Walter Horak

Paladin - Bettye Hamblen Turner

Dancers - Jerry Daniel 

The view halfway up the hill

Inside the gallery 

Benini painting

Monday, February 20, 2012

Sunday Drive, Part 1

This Sunday was one of those perfect Texas days in February. After a good rain on Saturday, Sunday was sunny and 70 degrees. The newspaper had an article about the Benini Sculpture Ranch in Johnson City. It is closing this year as Benini and his wife have decided to sell the ranch and move to a cooler climate.

Mr. Tabby and I decided that it was a good day to drive to the ranch for a visit. We took the back roads from Blanco. Of course, I took my camera - below are some pictures from our Sunday drive. What a beautiful day!

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Heart Bowl, Part 2

The heart blank after two firings. The glass turned pink with the heat of the first firing.

The blank is now in the big momma kiln for its final firing. It is on a stainelss steel mold that looks like a milkshake cup. I have the hearts face down because I want them to be inside the bowl. This is the stage that either the magic or the heartbreak happens. Keep your fingers crossed!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Happy Valentine's Day

In honor of the holiday, the Fly Tribe is hosting a "Love of Art" blog hop. We met taking the Flying Lessons e-course by Kelly Rae Roberts last summer and realized that we were kindred spirits.

I am traveling for the day job this week so I put this in the kiln before I left. The blank has Light Pink Striker and clear so it will be pink after it fires. It will end up as a bowl after the third firing.

I dabble in many things in my creative life - jewelry, painting, collage, encaustic - pretty much anything that looks fun. But, glass is my true love. I love the translucency and the depth. I also (kind of) like that it is temperamental and high maintenance. It is always a surprise when you open up that kiln the next day (or two, or three).

Happy Valentines Day!

Friday, February 10, 2012

Studio Pictures

I am taking the Hello Soul Hello Business course with Kelly Rae Roberts and Beth Nichols. This week, the contributor was Jo Packham of Where Women Create. In her honor, here are some pictures of my studio.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

I'm Ready...

A spot has been cleared. The paints set out. The drop cloth is down. The canvas is ready. Flora Bowley's Brave Intuitive You e-course starts tomorrow. I can't wait to get messy!

But first, Superbowl!