Tuesday, March 29, 2016

New Arrivals and Dirty Hands

Mexican Flame Vine
I have been seduced by the garden these days. It has been difficult to do anything inside - even paint.

It has been a few years since I have had time to have a garden. We took out the vegetable beds to re-grade and expand the vegetable garden a few years ago and it has lain fallow ever since. Each time I looked in that direction it made me sad. A garden is just one of those things that feeds my soul. And, there is nothing better than fresh summer tomatoes!

This year, Mr. Tabby built me some beautiful new tall beds and I have spent the last few weeks getting them ready for planting. I can't just have vegetables in my garden. I have to have blooms as well, so there will be a few flowers mixed in with the veggies and herbs. Today, at Rainbow Gardens, I found this stunning vine called a Mexican Flame Vine. It is supposed to have these daisy like flowers all summer long. It will share the new arbor with green beans.

Below are some photos of the garden with all of the new arrivals in place.

Thursday, March 24, 2016


Last week I took a class from the amazing Susan Taylor Glasgow. It was a mixed media class altering books and combining them with glass elements. Books and glass, right up my alley!

The piece above is what I made. It is an altered book with cast glass, printed glass, paint, print type, copper, indigo dyed fabric and a real bird's nest. All things that I have been doing in the studio separately are now combined into one piece. (And photographed in the backyard bluebonnets, which is a current obsession.)

The piece is called "Legacy" and is dedicated to my mother. She is the one who instilled in me a love of nature, birds, animals and gardening as well as has always encouraged me to follow my dreams. I would not be the person or the artist I am without her influence.

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Butterfly Trio in Glass

Butterfly Trio
My latest work went to the Gallery this week. I've been incorporating more of my mixed media style into my kiln formed glass work. I am pretty happy with how these guys turned out. And, they looked so nice nestled in the bluebonnets!

Friday, March 11, 2016

Spring Fever!

Garden Snapshots

Spring is in full swing here and I definitely have spring fever! Everything is coming alive and encouraging me to go outside to play. As a result, not much is happening in the studio these days. I am gearing up for a glass show later this month, so I have lots of components, but nothing is complete. 

The one thing that I did finish, has already found a home. Mr. Tabby got me a new compressor for Christmas and has gotten that up and running. I am now able to sandblast to my heart's content! This platter was inspired by memories of winter in upstate New York. Gray and snowy. It has a nice frosted finish that makes it look elegant - thanks to my upgraded sandblast set up.

Winter Snow Platter