Listen.....or....the art of almost getting quiet

i have a huge desire to get quiet.....i am getting close to the time of year that supports quietude.....not just yet though...there is still the busy holiday season with all its' parties and social gatherings....which i love....however,  i can also be quite reclusive....and i am yearning for that.....when we visited an ashram in india several years ago it was totally accepted and encouraged for people to wear a little sign that said "in silence"....i LOVE this idea.....i think my fellow islanders would respect this if i saw them while grocery shopping and had on my sign.....

after the solstice and the celebratory new year i will enter my studio just to play!!! and get quiet.... even though much of my studio time is play, there is also the business of art and galleries.....and the slower months for these is in january and february...i can try out new ideas in glass and paint.....yay!! big gratitude for my freedom to play and my creative space.....
p.s. for all those who know me well...yes, of course i can be chatty.....buuuuuut, i can also be quiet....fooled ya hey??

Creative Balance

As some of you may know by now.....i am playing with paint and mixed media as well as my glasswork....it seems to always require some balance, as does most of life actually.....because i love both mediums, and also because i am best known for glass....so, i want to take people gently by the hand and ask them to follow me down a new and unknown path.....
mixed media on plywood  2009
and i have been most fortunate in that i have had a lot of support from my glass loving crowd.....thank you so much....i have some issues with allowing myself the time to play with paint...and i really need and want to play...i know that this is when really cool, heartfelt, sometimes raw, connected, brave art happens.....this winter i intend to create lots of time to play with paint and mixed media....and i also intend to share it with you.....wanna come along for the ride?? 

Work and Play

Hey all...it feels like a long time since i've been here, but it's only been just over a week......busy busy...and not all with creative fun work stuff....but what i have to show you is part of the good fun stuff.....

this oyster catcher platter was done by request.....someone loved another one of my abstract mosiac bowls and asked me to make her one, but in a square mold, and at the last minute she asked me to add in an oyster catcher....i ended up making 2 versions...this is the one she didn't choose.....the other has more yellow, and i forgot to get a pic of it before it left my studio......anyway, i really like this look and i intend to do some more in this style, different sizes and shapes, maybe a fish instead of an oyster catcher...or maybe a buffalo.....who knows??

and then, for play time one night i spontaneously started applying paint with a pot scraper onto a big piece of paper.....and this is what emerged....i love all the crazy colours, and of course i LOVE the buffalo....to me they represent strength and bravery......there is lots here to explore...i also did some horse imagery as well.....more on that later.....also thinking about making some glass totem poles.....with things that are meaningful to me on the totem....so it could contain many different creatures.....i won't think too much, only how to support the glass...the creation of the totem itself will no doubt be very free form....maybe i'll even have some for the studio tour...only 2 1/2 weeks till then!!!!!!!!!!!!! yikes!!