Twenty three pieces to take up to Chemainus (on Vancouver Island, BC, Canada) and hang tomorrow!
My exhibition coincides with the production of “Harvey” (a favourite of mine!) which runs from May 6 – 28.
It’s “meet the artist” on May 13 so hopefully I’ll see some of you there….
A new orphan lot looking for a home. Available on Etsy. Enjoy!
A retro color combination reminiscent of floral curtains, garden linens, and mom’s favorite apron. Layers beautifully. Good for all seasons. Fuss free.
I had a lot of fun with this blend because it was very versatile – went with almost everything. And the colours were opaque enough to stand up on their own against even black.
Val Cox Chintz encased in Kugler K100 clear
Val Cox Chintz swirled and encased in Kugler K100 clear
Val Cox Chintz swirled in Kugler K100 clear
Val Cox Chintz swirled in and speckled on Kugler K100 clear
Here are some paddle tests:
I have some more orphans available for sale on Etsy. Come have a look!
And by winter, of course I mean, Christmas! I know it’s a little bit early to be thinking about Christmas, for most of us anyway, but when it comes to ordering online, I suppose September is not so crazy early after all. On that note, I probably should be thinking about making some Christmas themed beads.
In the mean time, my dad has opened an Etsy shop recently. It’s featuring a select few of his original paintings, along with Gicli reproductions, art cards, and digital downloads (if you want to use his images for yourself). Of course I am a huge fan of my dad’s art because I’m his daughter. He has been working on a series lately featuring The Beatles (yes, that is John Lennon, not Harry Potter, in the image above).
And, back to the topic of the winter holidays, dad’s just made some of his Christmas cards available on Etsy. Dad has a whole series of these wonderful classic images; the originals are in the family collection. Anyway, you should go check out his shop and his art work – send him some Etsy love! <3
And while we are on the subject of family members on Etsy, my mom has also opened a shop recently. She is de-stashing some seriously cool and unique vintage stuff – stamps and other paper ephemera, loads of vintage glass items, and other odds and ends. Also very much worth checking out.
So what am I up to these days as the summer slips away into Autumn? Well, I am still working on school. Still working at my day job. A lot has been going on in my life so I haven’t been as active online as I was previously, but I am still very much working on glass as well. I am currently testing some new blends for Val Cox Frit, which I will be talking about more in the very near future I am sure.
And with that I will sign out – hope everyone is having a great start to the school year!
This is the first of (hopefully) many “Friday Features” here on the Two Glassy Ladies blog. I want to use this little bit of time/webspace to feature the work of some wonderful and talented glass artists. Most of these people are friends I have made through the “Lampwork Etc” webforum. It is really important for us glass artists to promote one another, because the competition out there as artists has become more and more of a challenge – not so much because we as artists are competing with one another, but because we are competing with mass-produced glass beads. I’ve talked about this before so I won’t go on another big rant now. But I will put out the reminder to look for “SRA” on Etsy/eBay/etc. This means the artist is a “Self Representing Artist” – they create their beads one by one, by hand. (Note that not EVERY self representing artist uses the “SRA” designation but the number is growing! For more information, visit the SRA website.
Now that that spiel is out of the way, on to the beads! This week’s theme is “Spring.”
Focal by Diana of FusionIllusion Art Glass
Just wanted to remind you all there is one more blend in the Val Cox Painter’s Series that I am yet to blog about – it’s a really lovely one too, “Starry Night.” I just have a few more ideas in mind for this blend and this week did not turn out the way I expected it to time wise. So stay tuned, and next weekend I should be sharing my results!
Here is a sneak peak…
A rich dreamy blend of reactive opaques and transparents. Play up the drama by going for the Raku color effects or use a reduction flame to go for the gold. Pairs beautifully with both warm and cool tones.
Painting by Alexandre Cabanel.
I really, really loved this blend. It was so versatile, and gave so many amazing and cool effects depending on what it was paired with.
First of all, it was gorgeous encased, both with and without silver foil. The first set, “Liquid Sunshine,” was just pure Drama Cream encased in Lauscha clear (using Moretti clear as a base because, well, Lauscha is expensive). “Fantasy” was also just clear on clear, but with a layer of silver foil that brought out even more gold tones.
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I also tried encasing Drama Cream with a Moretti 014 Transparent Medium Topaz base, because the blend seemed reactive on this base and I wanted to see how the reaction looked magnified by the clear. I wasn’t disappointed!
I made “swirly” frit beads with this blend and they were also absolutely gorgeous. The colours came out so rich.
Here are some more beads I made using the Drama Cream blend:
Here are a few sets of lentils I made using some of the more reactive bases with this glass.
And finally, here are my paddle tests of this blend. It doesn’t demonstrate the 104 palette in full by any means, but gives a pretty good idea of how the blend reacts with a variety of colours.