Collage Meets Glass: Braque and Gemmaux


This piece caught my eye at the Corning Museum of Glass.  It was mounted in front of a lightbox and the colors of glass emerged in glowing layers.  Before I started making mosaics, I made collages with magazine paper and the Gemmail technique is like having those scraps of paper turn to glass.  Artist Jean […]

Finding Your Edges

Tangerine Orange Mosaic Mirror by Margaret Almon

With my square mirrors, I imagine I am walking the middle path; I am centered between my edges. Establishing the edge provides security that it will all fit.  If I let the glue dry before moving onward, then I don’t have to worry about nudging a piece out of alignment.  With this one, I chose […]

A Cure for January: Orange Daylillies and Tumeric


For the third year, Stratoz and I are doing the January Cure at Apartment Therapy, a kind of Spring Cleaning in the winter time. My favorite task is buying flowers.  It had never occurred to me to buy flowers when there were none in the garden, and the infusion of color does me good in the […]

An Orange Star on a Wall of Lights: Glad Tidings

Orange Stained Glass Star by Staci Klemmer. Photo by Wayne Stratz.

A surprise gift for me from Staci Klemmer, client and friend ~ a stained glass star, in orange of course! I hung it from the Wall of Lights, which keep me infused with color during the long winter months. Staci used to live around the corner from us, and we discovered she is a colleague […]

Random Acts of Piecing: Quilt by BJ Titus

Random Acts of PIecing: BJ Titus

B.J. Titus started with one triangle and then randomly chose pieces from her stash of fabric scraps, and the quilt began to take on a life of its own.  Random Acts of Piecing is akin to Random Acts of Kindness.  Both are about mending and transforming fragments. B.J. Titus: Art Quilts

Sunflower Mandala: Meditating Around the Circle


The Grout Monster came over before our open studio.  She grouted pendants, picture frames and a house number with ease.  Then came the sunflower.  The GM removed the painter’s tape after grouting, revealing a berm around the edge.  One petal reached past the others and broke through the berm, and she had the inspiration to […]

A Heart of Grief: A Sliver of Beauty


This last strawflower in our garden caught my eye, as autumn fades, a beacon of hope in orange.  My heart feels brittle like the dead leaves, with the grief of this world.  To notice remnants of beauty is a hopeful act.  To offer my sliver of beauty from my studio is what I will do […]

Lalique Perfume Bottle: Bouchon Mures at the Corning Museum of Glass

Perfume Bottle Bouchon mures (Berry Stopper) 1920 Rene Lalique

Lalique takes the form of a bottle stopper and lets it unfurl into branches heavy with fruit.  I imagine the rounded topography of the berries, the bead-like drupelets.  I wondered if there was an ombre berry like the ones in Lalique’s imagination, and found salmonberries.  Sometimes when I eat raw berries my lips swell like […]

Steve Tobin Studio Tour: Orange Brilliance


When the Michener Museum offered a tour of artist Steve Tobin’s studio, I signed up.  He’s in a warehouse in a Quakertown, PA industrial park.  After walking through the inside, and being surrounded by manifestations of Tobin’s creativity on a colossal scale, we went outside into the sunshine and toward the Sketch Pile.  The rust […]

The Elements of Composition and Abstraction in House Numbers

House Number 340 in Red Orange with Blue Accents by Nutmeg Designs

  I spend time immersed in numbers, in their shapes, and how straight and curved connect with each other.  Each house number takes on its own personality, as I wend my way around them.  This 340 reminded me that I also spend this time immersed in color, contrast, line, all elements of composition.  Learning about […]

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