Posts Tagged ‘inspiration’

inspiring travel

Monday, September 17th, 2012

I was fortunate to take two totally different — but equally inspiring — vacations this summer.

The first was a long weekend in Southern Utah.  I have always loved the Southwestern US – the landscape is vast, colorful, and ever-changing.  Late July in the area is “monsoon season”, so the cactus was a deeper green than I’d ever seen it, and the afternoon rains created dramatic cloud formations for gorgeous sunsets.


I also was inspired by an artist I met, Ulrike Arnold (web site:  Ulrike is a German artist who paints on location, using the rocks and soils she finds as her pigments.  Given the huge variety of colors found in the Southwest, I could understand how she could fashion a painting from the earth.  Here are a few photos of her materials and workspace:

While I may not start grinding rocks to use as pigment, I am eager to try using glass frit and powder to create a landscape in glass.


The second vacation was a cruise of the Baltic Sea.  We had spectacular weather and visited some beautiful cities and small islands.  As in the Southwest, the clouds were dramatic, though very different:

On the island of Christiansø, Denmark, we found brightly colored cottages silhouetted against a deep blue sky:

And in cities such as Stockholm, we found beautiful Hanseatic architecture:


So many inspirations!  Now the only question is, where to begin? (as soon as I recover sufficiently from the jetlag!)


Kid in a candy store

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012

The new Bullseye Resource Center opened last month in Emeryville.  I waited until after the craziness of their grand opening to visit.  Yesterday, my friend Angel and I made the trek across the Bay to stock up on glass.  What a treat!  Instead of looking at tiny little squares on the web site and trying to figure out what the sheet would look like in real life, we got to pull out the actual sheets of glass and hold them up to the light.


I can’t wait to start creating with all my new glass!

They also had an inspiring exhibit, ACT 2 The Glass Track,  of pieces created by artists who began working in glass after careers in other fields.  The pieces were beautiful, and with some, you could really see a connection to their first careers.  I wonder if people will be able to tell from my work that I used to be a lawyer?