Back to Work…

I’ve been floundering a bit lately, not quite sure where I want to go with my glass… and my illustration… and my shop. It’s one of those times where I just become immobile with indecision. The best medicine for that problem is to just get down to work… so, I’m back on the torch today, to play with a few ideas that have been swimming around in my head, and this morning, I photographed a few things for the Etsy shop. I’ve also been pondering doing a few more tutorials: Anyone have an idea of what you might like to see? I’m open to suggestions, for sure!

Anyway…. on to the eye candy: A necklace from my Traveler series, Stone series pendant, and a perched bird pendant.

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The three pieces above will be in my Etsy shop in a few minutes… Have an awesome day!!

Vogue

Just a quick post here today, as I am getting ready to take off on vacation this week… We’re headed to our favorite spot in Jamaica, and I’m sure I’ll be posting some photos when I get there, but until then, I leave you with my latest bird.. 🙂 Strutting her stuff… she was supposed to be a vogue model, but I think she looks like a pimp 🙂Image

For Salpal…

My sister, who is an amazing potter (check out Mountain Farm Road pottery), is, at this very minute trying to drive home through a snowstorm from Ohio, where she was attending a ceramics lecture by one of her favorite artists, Lana Wilson.  I’m so happy that she was able to go to the class, but I don’t envy her the travel in the snow. … Anyway, this is for you Sal….

“This Weather is For The Birds”….

 

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Learning new tricks…

Spent the morning playing some more with learning how to create seamless patterns in photoshop… it’s tricky business to make a pattern that doesn’t look like tile. I’ve also kept on with the sketching and painting… I have a painting in the works inspired by a fashion photo in Vogue…(fancy-pants bird posing) 🙂 which I’m sure will make it’s way to the blog in a couple of days, if not sooner. Today, I’m hoping for a busy saturday in the shop, with just enough time to make a simple dress from a pattern I purchased from 100 Acts of Sewing on Etsy… Check them out HERE. Should be fun 🙂

In the meantime… may you find time to balance work and play in all you do….Image

Creative Thursday…

I bought a book a few days ago, called Creative Thursday: Everyday inspiration to grow your creative practice by Marisa Anne Cummings, and in it, she talks about making a commitment to your creativity, by being accountable to it. One of the ways she suggests doing that is by being religious about showing your work, good or bad, on a regular basis… perhaps by blogging… and since I’ve been WAY over-posting on Facebook… (sorry friends..LOL) I’ve decided to take her advice and start doing that. Her promise, on her blog, http://creativethursday.typepad.com was to try and post about 5 times a week, and I will attempt the same. So… I hope you come back often and see what I’m up to.. it may be painting, it may be glass, but I promise to keep sharing when I can. However… I can’t promise it will always be any good. 🙂 That’s the point isn’t it? Just keep creating… some will be better than others, sometimes it might just be sketching, but I need to make a commitment to creative work, and not let my everyday job and life get in the way of creative growth. Well… it sounds good anyway.

So, today, I have a new painting I titled, The Ride, which I started yesterday, and finished this morning.
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Blue Jay and Pioneer Woman’s photo actions for PE

I took a picture yesterday of a Blue Jay in the branches of our big maple tree yesterday. I was really happy with it, and decided to run it through a couple of Pioneer Woman’s photo actions for PE.(I love her site for photo editing tips and tricks) First through “Lovely” and then “Edge Burn”, and finally “Boost” I love how it came out.
I’ll show you the before and the after.
Easy and quick editing that took no more than 5 minutes.

What do you think?

Before:

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And here’s the After:

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