Prairie Dreamtime

I love the prairies....most especially the BIG sky......ahhhhhhhhhh........there is an openness and freedom that I feel when I experience life underneath a sky like this.....
I have just returned home to my forested island in the sea (I am so grateful for this hOMe too).....returning after a visit to my first hOMe.....the seemingly endless prairie....
even when touched so heavily by the human hand it still holds a feeling of wholeness for me, a dreamy feeling....and so much inspiration.....
I never really know how this inspiration will show up in my work....but I definitely know that it will show itself...the last picture in this group shows the early applications of paint on my 1st day back in my studio....it often starts this way....just getting some paint on the brush and smooshing it around....playing with colour.....and then, who knows? 
not me, not yet anyway....
the huge prairie sky

clouds

hawk

i love old fences and barbed wire

beloved buffalo

beginnings

Wide Open Prairies

My Wild Spirit lives on the vast Canadian Prairies too......

visiting here and finding inspiration all around....thinking of my prairie ancestors....homesteading on this land over 100 years ago....and thinking a lot about the mighty Sacred Buffalo....who once numbered in the millions....30 million.....there is a record of an early western explorer from 1798 who recorded that the prairie here in this area was black with buffalo for as far as the eye could see.....he watched a herd of Buffalo crossing the Red Deer River for 10 days....
imagine the power of that visual....really.....just try to imagine that......
Breathtaking.......

Goodbye Ruby Tuesday

"Ruby" in the meadow with wild daisies
Steel and Fused glass with lots of heart and soul

ahhhhh, dear sweet Ruby......i can honestly say that i cried as she went out the laneway on the way to her new home in sunny manitoba.....it was kinda surprising to me, the tears.....of course i am totally thrilled that she has found a new home on the great plains of this country.....where she truly belongs......she will feel right at home in the tall prairie grasses, with the extraordinary, perfectly blue, expansive prairie sky.....hmmmm.....i love the feel of the prairies myself.....i imagine the time when buffalo roamed in herds of 30,000 or more....absolutely amazing to contemplate this......ruby, sweet ruby....you have touched my heart in completely unexpected ways.... thank you for sharing some time with me here by the sea!!! 

Shine On

 i just love glass!!!! i am sharing a pic of "Ruby"....she is a beautiful prairie buffalo....bison to be totally correct...but i really like the word buffalo...in Indonesia there are many words like this...names like kalibukbuk....and words such as hati hati...this means "use caution"....but it is a fun way of saying it....hati hati when cutting glass, or you will be bleeding from super sharp glass cuts on your fingertips in no time!!!

 Here are a few new small dishes....there are fish, chicks and pineapples....the fish and pineapple have been long time motifs in my glass...in the top pic of tulips in my garden you will see a pineapple garden stake, from several years ago....this year the pineapples have made it into bowls and platters ....they are very bright and summery looking...i'll have more images of these as they come through the fusing process in the next few days.... 

 and then these bottom 2 pix....well, i just love colour, and coloured glass, and also the way the light shines through and adds a whole other dimension to the art work....it bring me joy to see the colour just shining on through...hhhmmmmm.....yum...

New Images from the Spring Studio



oh yah, and in the 1st image, beside the skull, are these beautiful boxes, they are made from old javenese fishing boats, and i fell in love with them in bali....and would have brought whole shelves and cupboards made from these boats if i could have....as it was, we were backpacking, and even these took up a bit of space.....and there is some weight to them also, being hardwood and all.....but i just LOVE the flaky paint and textured surface....the patina of life on the south china sea......and then some pix of my new glass.....it is sooooo nice to see the glass fresh out of the kiln....all glossy and really yummy looking.....
i LOVE LOVE LOVE  my studio and i am soooo grateful to have this space, just for creating,......and to share a bit with ya'll now too.....  oh yah, i have no idea why the colour did not work around the flowers....BUT, i did get colour in the other areas....YAY!!!!  and i have no idea why some of  the text is underlined.......????? but i now see that it isn't anymore and i don't know why, ahhh well...... i have faith that i will learn these things....i think...