Frida Kahlo returns in Glass and Mixed Media

Frida Kahlo imagery in fused glass and mixed media

more Frida Kahlo in fused glass

Frida is an ongoing presence in my studio....with many other characters such as sacred salmon, bears, trees, crows, ravens, buffalo, horses and even, for the 1st time....Caribou!! exciting wild times around here....and wild little Cricket...who likes to sit on the paint palette...luckily it was dry paint by then.....


Cricket Cat sitting on paint palette....it was dry

All Sacred

1st Painting of 2012!!! inspired by glass.....

this painting came about as a starter for getting some paint squeezed out and to start the process of playtime!!.....it was inspired by one of my fave glass bowls from a couple of years ago....which you can see in the next image....as you can see, glass and paint are quite different.....the glass is glossy and finely finished....and perhaps i could do that with paint, however, i don't want to even try!!!!

Sacred Wild 24" x 24" painting on panel
the whole reason that paint and mixed media is sooooooo appealing to me is because it can be raw and rough and kinda messy and still be quite groovy.....and even though my glass is quite imperfect, it is still a particular process and needs more care in assembly.....all of which suits me just fine too!!! 
detail of round glass bowl

i feel endlessly grateful to have the choice to decide which medium to play in....depending on how i feel that day....(or sometimes depending on what opportunities i have for my creative offerings!) either way, i love it!!!!

p.s. oh yah, the painting is upside down...i didn't paint it that way, but that's the direction i liked best when it was done!!! with a bowl, every way is right side up!!

p.p.s.  i'm in good company too, marc chagall was a painter and glass crafter as well!! not that i think i'm in his league or anything...just saying, there is a history of this....!!!! ha ha

Colourful Crows and Finding Home

Finding Home 3' x 4'  mixed media on canvas

crows have appeared in my work again this year....and of course they are a constant in my life....crows are very adaptable and extremely clever so i think everyone can relate to the crow....crows are a relatively new addition to my work, in the last couple of years....i have long been inspired by them, however i have been reluctant to use the imagery in my work...partly because 2 of my fave artists, Grant Leier and Sheila Norgate have been using these images in their work for some time now....however, on good advice from them, i have discovered that all images are up for grabs.....you just have to take it and make it your own...put your own unique twist on it, as only you can do....if it's calling to you, don't resist...

Crows  16" square glass

and so, this is what i do.....i actually made steel and glass sculptural crows last year...they were funky...i'll post a pic of them next time....