Thursday, October 29, 2015

Joined At The Heart

I was recently asked to create some art for the LOOM International Annual Fundraiser. LOOM is a Portland, OR based charitable organization. Their mission is to bring people, resources, training and information together for the benefit of women and children at risk. They are committed to bring change by working with others in hope and interdependence.

After learning more about them, I was moved to help. Since their association brings compassionate, giving people together to do humanitarian work I thought that creating a special piece in the shape of a heart would be fitting.

The heart shape symbolizes many things but is most familiarly known as affection and
love between two people.

I call this piece "Joined At The Heart".
For more information, visit their website at LOOM International to see how you can help bring change.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

In Hushed Cathedrals, A Stained Glass Poem


In hushed cathedrals
vivid images dance on ancient
stone floors worn smooth by kneeling.
Sunlight through
bits of colored glass
weaving patterns
on faces of worshipers.
Singing praises to the sun.
Colors dance,
soothing eyes and warming souls.
In hushed cathedrals
vivid images dance on ancient
stone floors worn smooth by kneeling.
Craftsmen of ages past,
leaving legacies of
beauty in glass.
Generations blend
in timeless marches,
worshiping, awed,
inspired by ancient glass.
Generations sharing unknown bonds,
embraced by arms of colored light.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Two New Favorite Pieces

I wanted to show-off a couple of my favorite pieces I've done for my show so far.
I titled this one "Pretty Pink Lily Pad".
I really love how this one turned out! The textured, clear glass reminds me of rain which is perfect for this piece. I found using slightly tinted glass for the outside really brings out the characteristics of the green glass. It shows the "imperfections" that a true lily pad would have. I can just envision these leaves floating in a pond supporting the beauty of a flower during a storm.
This one is called "Put A Bird On It".
This is a simple design I found of a blue bird. I decided to keep the colors as natural as possible but decided to use a pop of yellow to stand out giving it statement. I wonder what my feathered-friend would say about this.

Friday, October 9, 2015

Fundraiser Success

The Bet For Pets fundraiser was a huge success. Animal Aid raised thousands of dollars and I'm very proud to say that both my cat and koi art pieces combined raised $140 of that. Thank you Becca Fergueson! 

Becca, a volunteer at Animal Aid, is the proud new owner of "Afternoon Cat Nap".

I received a lot of wonderful positive comments from the crowd about my work. People not only seemed impressed by what I can create but appreciated my donation. It makes me happy to know that I helped my favorite cause by doing what I love. 

"Transverse Waters"

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Christmas Crosses

As you know, I've been busy everyday preparing for the upcoming craft show. I've decided to focus on producing three different types of items: 9 Inch Square Panels, Christmas Tree Ornaments and Crosses. The crosses are fun for me to make. I'm finding myself using ornate glass I otherwise wouldn't use and being creative with my choice of color combinations. They are relatively easy to make, don't take up much time and use a limited amount of my supplies.

Soft and serene blues.

Bright and bold naturals.

All the crosses are unique. But they are also uniform in the way I'm using colored transparent glass for the base and embellished opaque glass for the decoration. I wanted them to have a feeling of sophistication and style without being too busy.

Contrasting colors with blues.

Pretty purples and pinks.