Before During After

A glimpse into the enamel world.
This is a glass panel, semi Jackson Pollack If I do say so my self LOL As you can see the piece stays pretty true to when I start to the finish. I put in some really good music and go to town. I love enamels, the colors are so wonderful, they get kinda smeary as the heat takes hold. This process takes about an hour Mixing dry enamels to painting then the kiln time is over an hour. Slow and steady wins the pace.

Now Should I cut it? I really want to cut it up for jewelry LOL

If I leave it as panel art I should mention it is kinda skewed not quite squared. So help me decide friends.

It became art! Sold in the gallery! Wooohooo!


nighthouse.jpgAnother find from my studio clean up. I did this little collage mixed media piece August 2006 for a gallery studio show. I sold about 3 or 4 pieces it was a new adventure for me and I need to revisit it. Mixing glass with my other loves of art, like paper and fabric and beads and paint, it all makes me happy. So I took new photos, when I photographed these last time it was with my old camera. This has been added back to my shop and I hope I can get back in to the swing of mixing my glass with all kinds of goodies.

Some very inspirational Artists to me in the mixed media world is Susan Sorrell of CreativeChickStudios.


Chinese brush painting is about quiet serenity and modesty. Each piece is meant to be a step forward. An inner reflection. A quiet discussion. It’s about moving forward.

Ren Adams says “If I am improving, that’s all I care about.”

Chinese brush painting: single-stroke painting which uses hand-ground inks and watercolors.
Artist Ren Adams also likes working with oil pastels on plastic Yupo paper (it creates neat watery effects) she says.

I my self am fascinated with the creative process. I think Chinese brush painting seems much different than traditional painting. So I asked her about her her process. I really love what she says about the paintings, such a beautiful way to put it just makes me think about paining and what it means to live in the now. Her reply “When I’m working on my brush paintings, they are done in one sitting. They might take only a few moments or a few hours. Brush paintings are meant to live in the “now” and to be a form of immediacy, so I can’t set them aside and come back to them several days later (in most cases). They need to be completed in one thought. Sometimes I can be at my painting table for hours and hours in a row. Other times, it’s only a matter of minutes.”

Adams rents space at an art studio in downtown Albuquerque (The Factory on 5th Art Space). “In between paintings, she says she usually sits outside and engage the other artists. Then they all retreat to thier own studios to create.”

Ren also Says and I have to quote her again because she said so well “Art is a sensation, a sense of humor, a sense of elation, a tantalizing window… it’s pure energy, pure thought, and pure darkness, and pure light. ”

I really enjoyed her shop and the things she feels about art, she expresses it so well. Although she and I don’t do the same kind of art I connected with what she had to say, I feel what I do has changed my life, she just put it in words I could recognize.

Thank you Ren for sharing that very personal look into your process.

Please See her shop at PlasticPumpkinDesigns

peeking in the kilnSometimes it is so hard for me to wait to see what the kiln has in store for me, so hard that I can’t move on to the next project. Does that ever happen to anyone else? I catch my self thinking about what is in the kiln instead of thinking of the next thing I can do. It truly is a joy for me to open that kiln and receive the gift it has inside. But the waiting is like kids waiting for Christmas and it take so long.

Yesterday I worked on painting with fusable high fire enamels and then printing on top of my glass only to run out of time(I was pooped) I was not be able to fire then the 2nd time until today. So first thing this morning the kiln was on and and I waited all day for the kiln to cool, resisting the urge to peek, dieing to see what the kiln had to offer.

This is what I got this evening a wonderful batch of trees with hand painted background. I think I just might sleep better tonight now that they are done LOL


Well that is what I call charms I add to my pendants. I can’t quit doing them. Charms can spice up a dull pendantdragonfly emotion and make them something special. They are securely wire wrapped to the pendant but still swing andsummer sailing move freely on the surface. That little movement can catch a persons eye and draw them into what you are wearing. Isn’t that what jewelry is all about. A little extra healthy attention? There a quest I need to pose to my EGA friends… Why do women love jewelry? Is it for the attention or do we simply love it for what it looks like? HUMMM? I say both LOL!

The etsy community is always looking for ways to network seems we have all found a fun place to go IndiPublic is a blog spot, that shows photos and is easy to make friends and groups and it can easily connect to our flickr and blogs and etsy and any other website we want. I think the cool thing is how easy it is to connect with other users. Please have a look and make some friends today with the cool blog community.

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Liskidder flowerI am a big Fan of glass jewelry so it is no wonder I want to buy every piece I love but I tell my self “no Michelle be good!” On occasion I treat my self but It has to be special and I have to really like the artist too, not just their art. Some time ago I bought this cool piece from Lis Kidder. She is such a wonderful artist and friend! She leads our EGA Street Team tirelessly and has endless ideas not to mention her professionalism is above and beyond. So I am not just a fan of her work I am a big fan of Lis Kidder. Thanks Lis for all you do. If you don’t own a piece of her work please go have a look at her shop you will be glad you did.

Oh and when 11 year old boys think it is cool you know you are on the right track. My Boys love these flowers by Lis

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