It's been a long, cold winter, which has had me looking forward to the green of springtime. Think my recent creations have reflected that! Lots of green leaves and flowers. Hopefully that will show up outside soon too!
I'm excited because we finally have green grass and it feels maybe not quite like summer, but springish...and the kids are out of school so it is basically summer...even though we do still need to turn on the heat on some nights. But I was able to use the green as a background in a picture, and it looked so cheery! So then I went a little spring picture crazy. (keep reading-you'll see)
Apple blossoms on the crab apple tree!
Lilacs! My favorite flower!
We also have piles of dandelions. I love their bright yellowness!! I know, they are a weed-but they are so cheery looking. (Maybe it has just been winter here for too long!)
Even got our garden planted finally! Note the huge fence we had to add in order to keep a certain digging, jumping puppy out. In the past our basset was convinced that she couldn't jump the 1 foot border fence around the garden. So we were optimistic and tried the little fence with our lab...and she plowed right through it. She can't jump this one, just hoping she doesn't dig under it!
It's also Memorial Day weekend. My grandpas served in WWII and I have some cousins currently serving-so what they do and give and sacrifice has been on my mind alot. I am really in awe of the bravery and courage and dedication that all veterans and soldiers give/have given. Thank you to them.
Here are a couple of the summer things I have been working on. Trying to get a few things that could go outside-for those who like sitting out on the patio during the summer. Maybe that isn't as exciting this year...since it is hot and dry, dry, dry (speaking of dry-the pretty pink flowers in my background are now dead and crispy ) but here is some color anyway! The flower is a garden stake, or it could go in a vase inside too.
Then I was drawing up some ideas to go with a bottle bottom that was yellow. I wanted something that looked like a sunshine. I was trying to decide between the traditional triangle type points all around, or round gems that would give a little more abstract look. I like asking my kids their opinions sometimes, especially my eldest because he is very literal. Sometimes I head too far toward the abstract. So he told me I should definately go with the gems and add some wire-which is what I did. I got it all done and he said "That doesn't look anything like a sunshine mom!" Hmmm...thanks.... Well-whatever it looks like, it is bright and cheery and made with lead came and a strong chain so it can hang outside and hold up to rain (I'm being hopeful here!) and bright days.
It was a strange winter without much snow, but I am still so excited to see spring! Suddenly we have flowers and warmth and green grass and robins! I love it! (I also love that maybe this year we can have an Easter where the kiddos aren't bundled up in winter coats for the egg hunt)
I've been a bit scattered on the creative front-jumping from idea to idea but never finishing much. I have been doing alot of drawings with swirls and wire and circles-and actually did finish a couple of those (yay!). Here they are-freshly photographed in the warm spring sunshine today!
Here we go...entering the modern era and actually writing a blog! To show how out of the loop I am, this has actually been a really intimidating idea. How do I make it look pretty? How do I even make all that editing and font stuff and adding photos work? And most of all-what do I say that is actually interesting? Just a few of the reasons why this kinda scares me!
So I decided to just jump in and see what happens! I want this to be a blog about my art mainly-ideas, techniques, new stuff, etc..., but since art is an expression of the creator, I will also throw out some random things in my life that inspire me. And hopefully along the way I will even be interesting-or at least have some pretty pictures!
For starters-there is about a 2 week window each year when my garden looks amazing (well, except for those weeds..). This is the time-the iris are blooming, there are a few lupines, and the peonies and lilac tree are almost blooming too. All my favorite flowers all in one spot-love it! It is hard to recreate lilacs and lupines in glass, so I have been doing butterflies instead and using the flowers as a photo background.
I'm an artist, mom, wife, cook, dreamer, and child of God. I love sunshine, snow, coffee in the mornings, cuddling with the kiddos, drawing, learning new things, and making anything with chocolate. For a little more in-depth on my stained glass background-check out my bio page. (there's even a pic over there!)