Sunday, July 19, 2015

Pink Peonies

"Pink Peonies" - from finish to start...






































































































































































































"Pink Peonies"
oil on canvas
36" x 36"
summer 2015

Friday, July 10, 2015

Gizmo

"Gizmo"
oil on board, 12" x 18"
2015

A painting for a friend.

Sunday, July 05, 2015

Rockin' the Bock

I am working on a new bracelet made with my glass beads and spangles cut from Genesee Bock Beer cans.

































If you're a Rochesterian you know you gotta have it.
The most beloved of all Genesee beers - Genny Bock Beer.






























This bracelet is not my first creation inspired by this brew...


















































There was the t-shirt design for the Record Archive.
*** please note that my goat has all his bits and pieces ***


































Today's bonus photo - Miss Margaret with her hair up in bock beer can rollers.
That's my girl.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Bleeding Hearts
































Bleeding Hearts
oil on cradled board 24" x 24"
































detail

































Is it really finally finished?
It's been hanging around my studio being difficult for almost a year.
It was just such a boring painting, blah.
Then I just slapped some purple glaze on it from a painting of irises I am working on next to it.
Viola!

Is there anything more beautiful and promising than a pile of paint?

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Darla day #6
































So far, so good.

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Darla - Day #2
































Darla - day #2

Blocking in her bed of clover with a glaze of black and crusty green.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Darla
































I have so many paintings started that the only stupid thing to do was to begin another one.
There are ones of bleeding hearts, irises, more dog portraits...

Even tho there's a cute puppy in the middle of the painting it's going to be all about the clover.
And pet privilege, but more on that in another post.





























'Darla'

Friday, May 29, 2015

Riblettes

































Lots and lots of ribbed pairs.
Perfect for earrings.
Made with a ribbed donut CGBeadroller.

Tuesday, May 05, 2015

A GlassyRecipe Made With EDP - Crazy Pod

A big pod.

Made on the end of a mandrel.
It has a nice, 16g heavy hammered sterling silver bail.

The base of the bead is Cim's Commando, Effetre pastel olive green glass will also work. 

Roll the bead in fine silver foil (not leaf) and burnish it in, do not melt it in yet. 

Add dots of EDP (Effetre Purple Opaque Pastel #254) on top of the silver foil and melt them in and shape. 

When you have finished your bead give it a blast of oxygen rich flame to burn off any of the chalky white devitrification that may have formed on the purple glass. 

Pop it in the kiln and be prepared to be amazed the next day when you unpack your kiln.


Monster Pendants
































Big heart pendants.
They're almost 2" long.
The base glass on these is Effetre "Orange Sparkle."

The heart on the right just has a band of fine silver wire melted in.

The one on the left was an 'end of the day' bead. I used up all the leftover bits of glass, silver foil and a stray murrini that had rolled off my marver. You really should try making an end of the day bead with your stray bits, they usually turn out great.

Same old, same old here.
Watching old monster movies on Netflix and working on jewelry late at night.



Tonight it was "Gidrah - "The Three Headed Monster."
Loving the typography.














There are some new little birds.



































Friday, May 01, 2015

Monster Berry Earrings
































Wee tin strawberries, cut from an old candy box, on the front of the earrings.
Little brass bees hanging on the back behind the berries.
Because earrings should look as good from the back as from the front, duh.
The beads are kind of boring and the bead caps are salvaged vintage. 

































Did you know all the old Toho studios monster movies are on Netflix?
Godzilla! Rodan! Mothra! Ghidorah!

































You can't beat the 'Supreme Commander' from Monster Zero for fashionable companionship while you're making earrings. He's very crafty.

































Now that's typography!

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Friday Night Fever

Just another Friday night.
Making skull earrings...
































...and watching Mothra on Netflix.


Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Leaf and Berry Earrings

Hey ladies!
I whipped up a few new pairs of spring earrings.
































I call this style 'leaf and berry' and I make loads of them.
They're simple to make and easy to wear.
Pawing through my bead stash for a perfect pairing of leaves and berries is great fun.

































I like to wear this handmade style of sterling ear wire.
Other people prefer leverbacks, so I always make them both ways.

































Sometimes I add in some extra bits, like these little tribal brass bells that look like seeds.