So today I am sitting here pondering the evolution of my work. I have grown tremendously in the past couple of years. I attribute it to deciding to start drawing and painting again. My Art influences my glass and vice versa. Jane Davenport Artomologist Extraordinaire is a great place to start for those looking to expand and grow in Art. I have tried other online classes and hers are by FAR the best! Link on Home page to her classes.
I also stopped taking classes for Lampworking…. Why you ask? Couple of reasons… 1. I was alway comparing my work to those that I admired and I always fell short in my eyes. 2. Taking perpetual classes… I was always focused on perfecting that particular technique that I wasn’t finding my voice in the glass. I think that is important finding your voice. I think I am finally finding my voice and it is an Amazing feeling!
Last year I started by making Santa Ornaments at the request of a friend. Which turned into “Floridian” Santa complete with Bermuda Shorts and Sun Glasses! This year I was asked to create another Ornament. This time I chose Angels… which then evolved into adorable little Elves both boys and girls.
I was happily creating the Angel/Fairy and Elves until a wonderful lady named Mari said that I needed to make Mermaids since I am obsessed with them. Those Mermaids then moved into the “Learn to Swim” series Mermaids complete with swim floaties! Then Lisa Lavoie inspired my “Learn to Dance” series Mermaid. Complete with Tutu and Combat Fins!
The next evolution came during a cold snap. I was thinking how nice it would be to snuggle up in some Footie Pajama’s! The “Sleepy Time” series was born. This led to a more complex “Sleepy Time” girl holding her favorite stuffed animal complete with a Butt flap on the back of the PJ’s!
Then a good friend asked me quite innocently to make her a Pirate. And Ideas started whirring in my head that I had to rush into the studio to make one right that minute.
Where will the girls go next? I am thinking a Frida Kahlo Mermaid might be in the cards! Who knows one of you might innocently give me the next big lightbulb moment!
Can’t wait to see where the girls lead me in the future! Just a reminder that you can subscribe to my Blog on the Home page Link on the right hand side.