A Small Gift for my Blog Readers

The 1st Gratitude Glass Dish giveaway!!!!

Little Songbird Glass Platter, by Tammy Hudgeon

OK, so here we go......I'm not totally sure how to go about this.....if you have any advice please feel free to offer it up....

I am offering this small bird platter as a GIVEAWAY (retail $95.00)......what I would need to have from you in order to put your name in for a draw is to have you sign up as a follower of my blog and make a comment on this blog post!......there is an icon on the side panel where you can become a follower.....(there are not so many official followers at this time, however I know there are many more peeps reading this blog that do not comment or join, and I do thank you for having a look now and then!)

I just did a giveaway on facebook and it was spread far and wide because that was the requirement.....people had to share my post to get entered in the draw.....there was a lot of sharing!!.....and it got the word out about some of the creative happenings here on this little far flung island!

I am not sure how to do this on my blog....so I am asking for you readers to make a comment, share with a friend and even become a follower.....

I will make the draw on Dec.22 or 23rd so don't delay....!

Gabriola Thanksgiving Studio Tour

hi all! this is a quick little blog post to let you know about the 16th Annual Gabriola Island Studio Tour on Oct.6,7 8....it is held every year on the Thanksgiving weekend.....hundreds of art lovers converge on beautiful Gabriola Island and visit up to 60 artist studios....and Tammy Hudgeon Studio is one of those studios.....here are just a few pix of my studio so far.....there is so much more, and i will post more pix later.....come on over, i'd love to see you!! the weather is predicted to be sunny and warm!! yay!
Fused Glass Peace Hangings

outside of Tammy Hudgeon Studio

more fused glass groovy circles, with polka dots

Chickens, Chickens running round my brain....

Oh yah, there are some chickens running around my studio.... they all began in bali, where i painted the top image ...where there are chickens runnin' around everywhere....totally free range....and slim and athletic....especially compared to our heavy breasted birds here in the west.....although i did just see some new not quite fully grown chickens here on gabriola island, and they were looking pretty sassy....  

 all of these pieces are mixed media on wood panel...i really love the texture that comes through when you over paint many times on the same canvas a la sheila norgate   she's the "queen of the blank canvas"....no fear about beginning again, and creating anew on an existing painting.....you can look back at one of my earlier posts, "new images from spring studio" and see the where the inspiration of colour and texture came from......funky boxes made from old javanese fishing boats.....go back and take a peek, you'll see what i mean..... 

 little chick here has already been about 4 different paintings underneath....and i really LOVE this one....i think it's a keeper for sure.....

 and i made the "run wild" piece for my mom, cause she was playing with paint, and i wanted to encourage her to PLAY!!!! cause i know that this is where all the best stuff comes from...when we loosen up and just see what happens....ya know, that little voice that says "i wonder what would happen if i tried this??" and before we can judge ourselves out of spontaneity, we just allow ourselves to go there.....it is good for your soul....ahhhhhhh

it's all about "allowing ourselves"....and the results are often heartfelt and magical..... 

Spring Fever Part 2

 ok,ok, i'm nearing the  end of my skull mania....of course there will be more skulls, but you'll have to come find me to see them!!! these ones are on sturdy steel stakes...perfect for getting deep into the ground to keep 'em steady in all weather...

 this is bit closer up...i like them, they make me feel happy, they are kinda like pals already, they feel like they have their own character...and great beautiful WHITE teeth...already 2 are leaving home to other gardens!!!

 a real close up of this dude, notice he's got a fang on one side...

these last 2 pix are bowls and little tiny dishes....using the same simple frit technique....they feel very fresh, very spring like to me...and 2 smaller ones are on clear glass, even more light....it feels like it's time to lighten up....as you will soon see when i launch my new website....but i always have BLACK in there somewhere, to ground me i guess....it always feels essential.....

Spring Fever: Part 1

 This sign that says "All Kinds of Skulleton"..this was from bali....i loved the word skulleton....and in front of the shop was a huge pile of carved wooden skulls!!! it was early and they were still covered with a tarp and i did not get a pic (still kicking myself over that one)...but they looked really cool....this was in an area where everyone is a wood carver....so i decided to make a skulleton bowl, cause i really like the hanging skulls, and garden stake skulls, i don't find these skulls menacing at all, they are more in the spirit of the mexican celebration type skulls, so, ya know, a fiesta bowl!! .....i also liked the fresh spring look of the frit (crushed glass) on the white glass background so i carried on with other imagery as well....leaves, flowers, hearts have been appearing in my work for quite a while now....the bees and the blue  eggs just appeared last year.....and of course, along with eggs come chickens....which i will be sharing in my next post....many mixed media pieces with free range chicks....and also, a super groovy glass chicken....she's just in the oven right now, ready to come to life....i don't actually cook any chickens in my kiln of course, or even in my oven....being a veg type gal and all.....! chickens are not new in my glass work either, they go back a few years for sure.....i still like 'em...they are funny, funky birds...

Pretty Hanging Skulls (mostly)

ok, well i'm back....like i said, with more skulls.....and just a little note for all you NON skull lovers, i have many other things on the go in my studio as well.....like bees!!!! ya know the buzzing bumbling humble little bee's that support our life on this planet??? and of course flowers....cause bees need 'em, and they are beautiful design imagery.......for now though, back to the skulls.....the 1st image is a pic i took TODAY, just outside my studio door.....with the new skull hangy things....they are definitely "el dia del muerte" mexican type skulls....i like the daisy eyes and i really like the idea of celebrating with your fave people who have moved on to other realms....so, i find these skulls quite happy and feel good, and as they slowly spin around the movement is quite entrancing..
the 2nd image is a shot from my journal/sketchbook.....this i did while traveling in borneo, malaysia.....and in that country the skulls are a whole different thing...although still involved in a belief system.....the tribal people were (many many many years ago) traditionally headhunters....yah, i said headhunters!!!! and the trophies from inter-tribal warfare were oftentimes skulls of the enemy.....and, they believed that the skulls had magical powers, the fresher they were the more powerful the magic!!!!! wild hey??


 .. ok, so, i am not an anthropologist, this is the just a little info i picked up from museums and books as we traveled through the country, .....most longhouses would no longer have skulls hanging from the ceiling...and it is most assuredly NOT still a custom.....the people are super friendly....not threatening at all, ha ha.....they also believed that beads had/have magical powers as well, more on that another time.....oh yah, i took the pic of the "real" skull in a musuem in borneo.....that's why it's blurry, you were NOT supposed to take pix in there!!! ssshhhhh   
 
check back again , lots more to come....like cremation ceremonies in bali!! another celebration of death, to help the spirits move on to the new realm.......quite spectacular......embellishments galore!!!