Saturday, July 30, 2011
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Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Working without wrapping the glass around a mandrel (stainless steel rod) does not come naturally to me.
I suck at it, to be blunt.
I'm trying it again.
Any time I try something new, I work so slowly and tentatively that it seems I'll never make progress.
Procrastination and hedging are definitely tied up with lack of confidence and uncertainty of outcome.
That is all.
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
Yes, rules are invaluable to artists. Rules pinpoint a place to start your process, whether it is melting glass or etching copper or any other artistic endeavor. Life experience, school, books, and online information all give us the base upon which to build our creations. For instance, my newest art adventure involves trying to shape and patina copper to use with my glass sculptures. As usual, I'm a year or so behind trends, and lots of people I "know" from the glass world have already mastered this copper art.
Monday, July 25, 2011
Saturday, July 23, 2011
Friday, July 22, 2011
exude a strangely mesmerizing power?
Thursday, July 21, 2011
P.S. You can generate your very own Elvin name here.
P.P.S. Sorry for the blurry pic. Just wanted to show you Miss Nalar's size. She's basically a giant glass headpin, since I made her directly on the stainless steel mandrel (instead of using bead release so she could be removed from the mandrel).
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
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Tuesday, July 12, 2011
(Hey, leave me a comment with the answer. I'm seriously wondering about this!)
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Friday, July 1, 2011
"Knee high by the Fourth of July" popped into my brain with a burst of giggles yesterday morning. Ha! This morning I stood by the corn to take this picture, and those long leaves were tickling the top of my head... when they bent in the slight breeze. New goal for corn farmers: 5'3" high by the Fourth of July.
Wonder how long the "knee high" reference has been in our language? "Since you were knee high to a grasshopper" is my personal favorite, I think. Hmmm, be right back. I'm off to google the origin of this expression.
Cool. "Origin of knee high to a grasshopper" led me to this little blurb. Heehee, it is an Americanism that started out as "knee high to a toad," way back in 1814. Makes you wonder exactly what was said in the conversation on that front porch, huh?
Oops, distractions, distractions. Imagine how long it might have taken to uncover that little bit of history without using the internet! Not only that, but imagine how having the world at our fingertips, instead of having a brain-load of memorized information, has changed the way our minds operate. When I was a sophomore in college, Statistics was the dreaded course for pyschology majors. After all, if we'd wanted to do math, we would have majored in something besides a social science, right? Anyway, the professor was a hoot, as psychology professors tend to be, but his one piece of serious advice struck a chord with me-- you don't have to memorize every single formula in real life, but you do have to know and remember how to look it up when you need it. Egads, Joel Royal, you must have been a seer, too, to have known that in 1985 before we were all surfing the world wide web at will!
Well, the corn is getting taller while I sit here trying to find an interesting link about the origin of "knee high by the Fourth of July." You might find this Phrasefinder Search entertaining and/or useful, but that's all I've got for now. Suffice it to say, we can figure that the phrase is an Americanism and can't be more than 235 years old.
One more thought before I go. Remember how I said I've been watching that corn since it came up? It didn't get this tall in one day, two days, or even two weeks... but with steady growth each day, it got this tall in what now seems like the blink of an eye. Think about that. "Rome wasn't built in a day" and similar sayings spring to mind, don't they? Keep growing, even when you feel as if the growth is so little that it is imperceptible. The best way to keep on track with your goals is to put down the tape measure and simply focus on doing what you can in this moment.
Now, to learn to actually apply these thoughts to real life...