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.




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



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”….



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, 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.
The Ridemarked

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?



And here’s the After: