Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Art Glass Association of Southern California's 26th Juried Show

Here is the show information. I'll be sitting the show Nov. 8th, 11 AM to 4 PM. If you get a chance stop by.

Saturday, November 03, 2007

"Blue Tango" and "Dance Your Way Out"

My entries for the Art Glass Association of Southern California's 26th Annual Juried Show:
Due to Fires, I have not been able to post, Witch Creek Fire Raged by Oct. 22nd, sustained 70 MPH winds, fire came within 2 blocks of here. All horses, dogs and cats OK, ash and debris everywhere, computer grinding! Managed to get a load of glass fired for show. Clean up will take forever!
"Blue Tango" 5 x 10 1/2 inches
UPDATE! This one won Honorable Mention! I was in "Really high class company!!!" (a quote from my fusing friend Jolinda.)

"Dance Your Way Out" 8 1/2 x 10 inches

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Drawing on glass

These are my first attempts to draw or paint on glass with some new bullseye powders. They are 3 1/2 x 5". I've got to loosen up my line so the dancers "dance" Now on to the big glass!

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Dancing with the Stars

Well I tried it again! It is getting easier to do, the figure drawing I've done has helped but getting the clothing to look possible is another skill to work on. The first sketch was free enough to try using watercolor, my sketch and wash watercolor pencil did its own abstraction on the one with the yellow. The blue skirt is the only finished pat of the next one, will they ever get thier arms?

This one was real fast, they need a ground line to look right.

This dancer sure could move! Her hair and dress went wild!

I did this one 3 times, the faster I sketch the more motion ( less stiffness) I get.

I hope I'll have time to try one in glass today!

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Art Glass Guild Patio Sale

If you love glass this is a great place to see allot of it. The largest art glass show in Southern California. 6th Annual Patio Show. The whole patio in Spanish Village is full of hand made Glass. The little image in the upper right of the postcard is my work. Studio 25 has my work year round. If I don't post again soon it's because I'm busy getting ready.

http://www.agasc.org/ http://www.spanishvillageart.com/studios.htm

EDM #56 and Helen's class 5

Helen had us do an interesting set of drawings, starting with an out of focus slide that you could barely see the face features. She suggested charcoal and gum eraser so you could pull out highlights. Working from general to specific information, every few minutes she focused and made the image more concise. I guess the same general principal as squinting at your subject to determine light and darks and general composition. I've worked very little with portraiture so it was quite a challenge for me. These are 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 8B graphite on card stock. (charcoal is so messy) I always think I'll get back to them and finish........on to the next thing. Someone asked for an ugly subject for the 3rd one, those are extended lips! For that one I used a pen and did not darken the features as I knew I would not have the option to pull out lights.

My quick self portrait is hard to post as I've heard others express. It is also pen on card stock, doesn't look like me, I've given myself bigger eyes and I look younger than I am. Helen's exercises gave me a little confidence to try. I would feel acomplished if I could draw a person that actually like them. I will keep trying.

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Dancers in Glass

I thought this would be a good time to add some pendants with dancers! The blue and gold on black one is 1 inch round. It has 2 etched layers of dancing figures, as you move it side to side the colors and view changes, it has a gold plated silver bail. A very unique pendant. I've been asked to price the pendants. This one is $55.00. The blackstone and jade beaded one has a layer of dancers that shift aqua to greengold and a second layer of blue dancers that didn't photograph well. It is also 1 inch, sterling silver clasp, silver bail $75.00.

The third one is 1 x 1 1/4 inch, it has a 24K gold painted figure dancing across the aqua background, it has a gold plated bail. This one is $35.oo. I will be making some that look more like the Dancing with the Stars figures soon.

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Dancing With the Stars EDM Question "How do you draw people?"

The answer to the question is practice! Don't worry if your results are not wonderful. Keep at it!
This series of drawings was done last night in front of the TV. I've never watched Dancing With the Stars before. My mother-in-law was looking forward to the new season. I had the urge to sketch, so began! I think the fellow in the first one came out best. It was fun to try to do them quickly! Since most of my figure work is done with nude models it was interesting to try to get the clothing in motion. I have a series of little dancers in mind for a glass project so it was good practice.

Helen's Class 4

Helen's class focused on portraiture. With all my years of drawing I have attempted very few faces, in fact when I started doing the tiny etched glass figures I realized although the horses were simple for me, the riders were a struggle. So began work on my own species. A few years of a few hours monthly working on figure drawing has helped allot.
We first looked at face proportions. The most meaningful for me was the arch of the upper lid being higher toward the nose and lower lid lower toward the outside. Planes of the nose, not forgetting the thickness of the lid. A good refresher on proportions. My practice page. She then had us draw each other applying the principals. I'm not real happy with the results... its supposed to be a struggle! Next she had us squint or take off glasses and start just with the shadows we saw and try to work bigger. This was hard to start with no oval reference or anything but I think my results were better and I'm encouraged to try more faces. Nether drawing looks like the person except for a few subtle things. It was a good exercise class time went by fast

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

EDM # 80 Something that makes you happy Drawing in Wire

Sometimes I draw with wire. This one is 6 x 8 Inches. They change constantly depending on the lighting and direction of view. I find myself bending just a bit more...... When this one was put away she had a smaller chin and higher hair. They animate themselves, wire is fun to work with. It is a nice alternative to the tiny glasswork. They do make me happy.

3/4 View Please

Copper Wire Figure

Wire in and out of Fused Glass

3 Inch high Silver wire figure with Dichroic Glass body. I've adjusted her arm to a better shape. My next batch will have shapelier bodys.

Embedded Wire

One inch round Fused Glass Pendant
Silver bail and figure

Drawing with Wire

1 1/2 x 2 1/2 inch Fused Glass Pendant
Embedded Silver bail and top figure, 2nd firure is Copper.

Friday, September 14, 2007

Drawing on Glass

Sometimes I draw on glass.
This is ground glass in liquid form applied to "float" or window glass, fired to about 1500 ' F. 4 x 9 1/2" I look forward to doing more of these.


Figure drawing today 11 x 14" CARAN d'ACHE water soluble crayons and ink on sketchbook page.

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Tropical Sunset in glass

1 inch round dichroic fused glass pendant. This size sells in gallery's for $45
Wow! Update: Watercolor Artist friend going on a trip to Hawaii bought this one to wear on the trip! That's the third pendant to visit Hawaii and one has been to Africa! I havn't been either place! I had 2 cats that had 3 airplane rides before I ever flew anywhere.

sunsets in glass

Tropical sunset in fused dichroic glass about 1 x 2 inches.

Helen's 2nd class

A little late for Helen's class missed doing a dozen thumbnail's of two small objects with 2 parts touching 2 sides of paper. She passed out 3 4 x 5 inch velum ( wonderful sheer paper) asked us to do very quick line, value, and negative space studies. Then the white chalk on black paper. The next exercise was to do the same drawing on grey paper. I haven't got to that one yet! Repeating the same object a few times is very helpful. I see now that I made the white inner line on the black too straight, its a nicer shell in the value study, I can change that. Seems to float, not setting down enough in space

EDM 136 something living 2

More sunset or sunrise colors, watercolor on 140 lb. arches 7 1/2 x 11 inches

EDM challenge #136 something living

Experimenting with sunset colors, watercolor on 140 lb. Arches 7 1/2 x 11 inches.

Saturday, September 08, 2007

Fused Glass Pendants: Horse, Dragon, Orchid

The Glass has the beautiful sunset colors. Many of my ideas for subjects come from people who enjoy my work. If you have ideas let me know.

Sunset Subject

The colors in the recent sunsets have been inspiring! This mound of rocks has an opening that catches the light. I've thought of painting it so many times.

Thursday, September 06, 2007

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Bird of Paridise Pendant

This pendant is 1 1/4 x 2 1/2 inches, etched and fused dichroic glass. See more of my artwork and glass at: http//community.webshots.com/user/lynfeu
If you find anything you are interested in contact me.

Helen's Drawing Class 4

Part of the still life I focused on, pen and ink. The last exercise was to cover up the still life and draw from memory. Its the brown toned one. Good, I figured out how to add more than one image. Too bad I don't know how to arrange them.

Helen's Class 3

5 one minute gesture drawings