Candy Apple Hearts

ok, so i know some people may think this looks a valentine's day blog post....however, i would like to say that being heart aware all through the year is the direction i wish to move......with open hearts we can make connections and grow and heal......although i've always made glass hearts i have not made them for a few years now....mainly because they were kinda fussy to make......hearts need a lot of care....

the other day i had a call from someone asking if i could make him 35 hearts....these are for a workshop he teaches about opening the heart....he wants all the participants to be able to hold a heart in their hand and to realize through actually holding a small heart in their hand how they can hold and support their own and anothers heart without clenching and gripping....

 the example is to hold your hand with the palm upward and all the fingers open, with the heart gently supported, instead of clenching.....i think it is a great exercise and another reminder of how we can open and glass hearts are not perfect, they are individuals with their own dents and soft spots and bruises, but still pumping and exuding they look as shiny as candy apples...yum!!

i'll be making them in all colours very soon!!!!!!!!!!!

Studio Tour 2011 and CBC

wow!!!! what a busy season this has  been....i am finally going to take a bit of a breather....yay!!! there was another glass show i was invited to be part of that opens in 2 weeks and i am sooooooo glad that i chose not to participate....i don't usually turn down great opportunities but this time i really needed to step down .....ahhhhhhh......... please enjoy a few pix from the studio tour!!  here is a link to my interview on north by northwest with sheryl was fun! 

Happy Spring Bees and Flowers

Coming up soon, next weekend in fact! june 18 and 19..... my 1st annual  Spring Show and Sale...just under the wire to be a spring show!!!!
8 x 8 mixed media on panel

 I am busy as a bee these days.....whew!!! annnnd, i LOVE seeing and hearing sooo many bees around lately...this makes me very happy...they are buzzzzzing around my kale plants that have totally gone to flower cause i have been soooooooooooo consumed with other things!!!! still, i am eating kale every day..i LOVE it....and have been reluctant to cut back the plants because the bees are so happy there....the kale are like small trees right now, as tall as me!!!!!!!!!!!!

sketchbook tulips...5 minute painting

 and earlier this spring we had bright red tulips all over....big bursts of colour! awesome to see, they had huge flowers on them...just so full of life....the 1st time for me to have tulips in my garden....although "garden" suggests that there is some tending going on....lush jungle would be more accurate...good thing i like things on the wild side....

detail of bee bowl, brand new 20" diameter

more bees in glass, on wood and a variety of combinations, as you've seen on other posts....i find that when the imagery really feels right it will appear and reappear for years to fish, and leaves, flowers and fruit, even vegetables....  i liked dill pickle wind chimes the best, haven't made them for a while, maybe because i have not canned up real edible dill pickles for a long while either...buffalo, horses, birds, chickens, eggs.....bees are one of my favourite little beings right now.....