Friday, November 10, 2006
Sorry about not posting in the past few weeks. We're trying to get ready for the holidays and the house isn't going along with our plans. Mike took a bit of a tumble and bruised up his wrist and I've been a little ill lately. Not great things when you want nothing more than to play with new ideas at the torch! :0)
The new setup for the torch is working out and it's much, much better than our old setup. I can work whenever I get the urge now without having to go outside or put on 5 layers of clothes. There was nothing I hated more than winter when the studio was outside in the shed and the snow would begin to fall.
We're putting aside much more time lately for bead making so don't forget to check out our eBay auctions!
Sunday, October 22, 2006
My little experiment with my auction didn't quite go the way I'd planned. I remembered working in the fashion industry having to work a season or two ahead and thought, perhaps jewelry designers would appreciate the spring set I put up this last week. Maybe I got a little carried away and should go back to the winter colors. :0)
I'm hoping that Mike's up coming days off from his "regular" job afford him time to torch. I think I'll just have to push him into the studio and lock the door until he gets a few sets done. ;0)
Friday, October 13, 2006
Just wanted to drop a quick line here about some bead sets that managed to get packed away during the move. I've got them set to start on Tues., October 17th at 6pm eBay time. Previews can be had on the gallery site and here's a little sample for those interested...
Wednesday, October 11, 2006
We've gotten one room finished in the new house, but I can't show pictures. It's the room where I've got my big commission and I agreed that I wouldn't show any part of the progress until after it's been delivered. Which should be sometime in Feb... Artist Susan Holt will be painting a mural in my new room. To see more of her work take a trip over to www.saholtstudios.com.
Mike and I are working on the North studio today. Nothing like taking one room at a time to drive me nuts. I'm itching to get everything into a place of it's own so I can find what I need! My looms are wanting to play, also....
I wonder if I'll ever manage to weave glass someday.... :0)
Friday, September 29, 2006
Mike's been very busy painting one of the bedrooms and hasn't had alot of time to do much else. I've listed a few aceo's on Esty for anyone interested in taking a look. You can search from the front page search box by typing in "BSA". I only sell the original's on the aceo', so you're getting a great deal on collectable original art. I should have a few more up before to much longer, but I hesitate to say exactly when I'll get around to listing it! :0) I've also got a few "art squared" pieces that I should list, but time seems at a premium these days.
With that I need to get back to work...
Tuesday, September 05, 2006
We're finished with the renovations on the house, so it's time to say goodbye to it. We've purchased another fixer upper because we absolutely must be gluttons for punishment. Actually, it was the south facing sunroom that sold us on it. It's just begging to become the new lampwork studio! And with 5 bedrooms one will magically transform itself into the textile and painting studio! I finally get my dream of having north and south facing studios! YEAH!!! Life is sweet!
I'm working on a pretty important commission right now. Mike's trying to help out when he can. I'm glad that my deadline isn't until Feb 10th. Unfortunately, I can't show you any of it until after it's finished. I can say without a doubt that it will be the most important work I've ever accomplished and I'm excited to be able to show off the finished work. This is something I never thought I'd be able to do.
So, now it's time for me to sign off. But I promise that I'll be back way before another four months is up! Look for photos of the new studios as we get them set up!
Thursday, April 27, 2006
I'm more and more interested in the photographs that Rusty's been making available to the studio lately. This is just fantastic work! Rusty grabs the essence of the desert and caputres for all time the harsh cruelty and fantastic beauty that seeps through the pores of the desert floor and it's abundant wildlife.
I really need to get something up on the site for these photographs! Prints will be made available on the site soon, I promise!
Thursday, April 20, 2006
I'd like to let y'all know that we've grabbed up a new artist for the studio! Welcome Rusty Kimmel! You're going to be a fabulous addition to our little group here!
Rusty's been an artist for over 35 years, only recently choosing to go public with art. Rusty's photographs are wonderful and we're proud to offer them to the public at long last. Rusty has also worked recently in mosaic's and paints creating one of a kind masterpieces that will (unforunately) stay in the artist's collection.
The deal we've made with Rusty is that all photography will be run in extremely limited editions. The only exception will be the limited edition series books that we're still debating edition size on.
If there's something that really grabs you, grab it fast before it disappears forever!
Tuesday, April 18, 2006
Our hosts were the very best and the trip was a fabulous success. We enjoyed every minute we were there. Everything went fab and I've had a few more requests to teach while we were away. Sadly, we had to turn some down. We like making beads and teaching eats at our bead making time.
Tahoe was a no go this trip as we've both had our fill of snow for the year. We detoured instead to Laughlin, Nv. and had a ball throwing money at the one armed bandits. We even managed to walk away with some! :0)
I hope everyone had a fabulous Easter!
Friday, April 07, 2006
If you've purchased beads/art from us, but haven't paid by midnight tonight, your beads or art will ship on our return. I hope everyone has a wonderful Easter and a fab Spring break!
Thursday, March 30, 2006
Here's a set that I did this week just in time for summer... The "coins" are hand shaped and rather different from my norm. I was swept away with the need to do something different. I've also been working on getting a set of "blocks" together.
I have a lentil press, but I find that hand shaped beads have more character and are more fun to make than squishing glass in a press. Then there's also the problem that most presses are not made to fit the 1mm mandrels I usually use, so hand shaping is the only way most of the time! :0)
I've been having some more problems with my hands. The CT has been acting up, I'm hoping because of the weather. (Lovely spring rains instead of snow, thank all that's holy!) I'm looking at possibly getting surgery done so I can work for longer than 15 minutes at a stretch. You have no idea how long it takes to make a set of beads working in 10-15 min. blocks! :0)
I should find out sometime in April about surgery, so I'll post here when I do. It's possible that you'll be seeing more of Mike's work than mine up for awhile. Both hands need it, but I might be able to hold off on having my right hand done until the left heals. For the life of me I can't figure out why my left is so much worse than my right... I am a "righty" after all! :0)
Sunday, March 26, 2006
So, I finally figured out a cool way to make the tie-dyed beads I've been wanting to do for some time now... And it was a complete accident! Providence riding to the rescue, I suppose! ;0) I can tell I'm going to have fun with this process and experimenting...
I'm playing around with some new combinations that I hope you like. It's nothing fancy, but I'm having fun and that's all that matters to me. Mike's taken to using alot of his loopy styles lately, but I persuaded him to make some lovely sets with "matchers" in them for you jewelry designers out there...
I'm sitting on the edge of my seat awaiting my glass order! I can't wait to get the new colors! I know that I'll be off and ordering again before to much longer... I'm addicted to glass shopping! I can't stand to place an order and not get everything my greedy eyes desire. Bad beadmaker! Bad! :0)
Friday, March 24, 2006
I use 3/64" mandrels for most of my beads... That comes out to about 1 mm. As you can probably imagine they get bent alot easier than Mike's 3/32" or my 1/16" mandrels. So, I've got more of those on the way as well! I don't use the 1/16" as often as I used to... I can make the mini beads on either, but my smallest beads are usually made on the 3/64" and I dearly love to make beads as small as I can! There's no challenge to making huge detailed beads with all that room to work on... And to my way of thinking, anything over 12 mm is huge! (Shhhhh... Don't tell Mike I said that!!!)
We're gearing up for our foray in to the wilds of Northern California... We've managed to sell out our class already! Yeah! Students are still trickling in for our Az. classes, but I'm thinking that if I'm not careful I won't leave any torch time for us! We're really excited about hitting Tahoe on the way back. I love to travel and have been lucky enough to live in some facinating places, but Tahoe was never one of them! So it will be something new, at least.
Wednesday, March 22, 2006
We're looking at ordering some more glass soon, so color requests are very welcome right now! There's a link to our email address in the links section on the right side of the page.
We did lose all of our lovely flowers, but I cannot deny that we need the water. We can replant the flowers... I just wish it wouldn't get so cold... It's supposed to be spring! :0)
Monday, March 20, 2006
I've also got an order of our Italian glass coming. I've gotten enough requests to place an order for these colors... Definately not our norm, but now I'm excited for them to get here so I can play. If I know Mike though, he'll hide it from me so he can have all to himself... I guess it's a good thing I do the unpacking! :0) (I've always got a secret glass stash that Mike doesn't know about! If I didn't I wouldn't get to use the cool colors!)
The weather's taken a turn for the worse again... We're socked in by clouds and it's supposed to snow again... It was 65 and sunny two days ago. We can always use the water, but does it have to come as snow? :0)
Thursday, March 16, 2006
In the middle of all this remodeling we've decided to do the studio also... We're picking out cabinets for that this week and I'm hoping that it won't take to long to get it done. Should look fabulous and be more practical. All good to my way of thinking.
Monday, March 13, 2006
I've gotten more calls about classes! I'm very happy about that! There seem to be a few people spreading the word around Phoenix about me and I couldn't be happier! It is well worth the time I spend and it keeps us in all the glass we could ever want. Not to mention the new tools I get to buy now! :0)
I'll be hitting the torch hard tomorrow, so look for new beads on our website!
Saturday, March 11, 2006
I'm just laughing away right now! This is the first snowfall of the season for us and that it happened just when all our beautiful landscaping was starting to bud! We've probably lost the lilacs and the daffodils, but we need the water more than the flowers.
It's still looking to be a very dry summer with wildfires galore here, but hopefully it won't be as bad as it was a few years ago. I wish the USFS would realize that proscribed burns in summer in Arizona are a no no! They fill up our valley with smoke and haze, not to mention making it harder to breathe!
Thursday, March 09, 2006
It's also a bit dreary out today! We finally got some much needed rain and there's more in the forecast for the weekend... I'm so happy to see clouds! When you live in the desert, sunshine can become very depressing! ;0)
I'll probably be playing with the torch tomorrow, so I'll post pics!
Wednesday, March 08, 2006
Here's the beads I was telling you about in my last post... I couldn't resist!
I'm not much of a beer drinker (not much of a drinker at all, really). I couldn't help thinking that on some of those very hot summer days, nothing sounds better than a nice cold beer. I added three bar flies just for giggles... :0)
These are available on our gallery site or you can bid away on ebay, as I just posted them today.
Tuesday, March 07, 2006
I got another request for classes today! I don't know what's in the air, but students are bursting out of the woodwook around here lately! Another couple from Phoenix willing to drive the 2 hours one way to take my class. I gotta love it!
So, with that in mind... If you'd like to learn how to make lampwork beads, feel free to email me. I usually teach out of my home, but I am willing to travel. As evidenced by the fact that we're heading out to Northern California next month! :0)
I also got in a new order of glass today! (And some very much needed bead release!) I also got some new frit I'll be playing with tomorrow.... We'll see what comes of it! :0)
Saturday, March 04, 2006
So, Mike and I have been very busy the last few days! We've now got 21 bead sets available on our gallery site! Drop on by and take a look if you like lampwork beads.
We'll be heading out next month to teach in Northern California! Yeah! I think we'll be stopping by Tahoe for giggles on the way back. Nothing like throwing away money on the one armed bandits! It's looking to be a great trip, especially since we both have family in the area. I'm so excited!
I've also got a few students coming up from Phoenix next Sunday. Students seem to be flying out of the wood work lately! And they're driving 2 hours one way for my class! Holy cow! I just love it!
Wednesday, March 01, 2006
The smallest bead in the set is 4 x 4 mm and all the spacers are 3 mm rounds. I'm going to have to go shopping for smaller spacers! Oh, darn a trip to the bead shop... Mike will kill me! :0)
Tuesday, February 28, 2006
I'll be listing items tomorrow in the first theme week for the SFA group. The theme isn't really a theme, but a size. All 5 x 7 inch works are the theme to get us started this week. Small Format Art is great if you like wonderful works of art that will fit any lifestyle or budget. Please check it out by typing in "SFA theme week" in the eBay search box. The starting bid on all SFA theme week works is only $9.99!
Just think, you can own an original piece of art by a living artist! If you think you know nothing about art, well neither do most artists! They do what they love. Don't be intimidated by venturing into the world of art purchasing! You can't go wrong picking out something you love. That's what counts....
Monday, February 27, 2006
Here are a few of the sets available on our gallery site. Feel free to drop in and take a look.
Mike made the yellow beads... He's called them "Canary Queen" and he's also got a red set called "Cardinal Queen" They would fabulous together!
The wee ones on the right side were something I was having a little fun with. Look for "Urchin" in the lampwork bead section of the gallery. I'm having so much fun with these little beads! It's a constant challenge to see how much detail you can fit on there. Now if only I could find smaller mandrels that could take the heat of the torch....
Sunday, February 26, 2006
I've been busy painting the house, but I'm hoping to get some torch time at some point. I'm also hoping to get a little painting time that doesn't include the bathroom walls! :0) I've managed to dig up my Prismacolor pencils, so I might do a few ACEO's in them.
I look forward to getting back in the "art saddle" again after my little break!
Friday, February 24, 2006
I'll be taking the clickable email down, as I would rather you could see our work than our email address! I'm sorry if you've tried to view a piece and were unable to!
Monday, February 20, 2006
Here's one of the next sets going up tomorrow. I used that lovely "evil" purple... I can't tell you how much I adore that color. We'll be putting this up for 5 day auction tomorrow afternoon, but if you don't want to wait you can have it now for $21.00 by emailing me before I list.
We've also got a large lot of lovely blue's available on our gallery site... I'm thinking I'll put one of those sets up tomorrow also.
Saturday, February 18, 2006
In the process of doing a few commissions Mike made a ton of blue beads... Quite lovely in periwinkles and cobalts.... I've listed those on our Gallery site for anyone interested.
I've just joined the Esty site... It's a lovely place to find handcrafted items of all kinds! I really like it there and I'm looking forward to a long stay.
Thursday, February 16, 2006
Wednesday, February 15, 2006
These sets will be listed tonight, so if you want to get them before they go up, now's the time! Check out our gallery site for photo's!
I'll have a few more sets of Mike's up before to much longer... They're almost done bakin' in the kiln... He's been quite busy with commissions these last few weeks. We love commissions so keep 'em coming!
Monday, February 13, 2006
Here's a new ACEO that I'll be listing on eBay tomorrow. It's called "The Dance"... I've been doing these figures for about 15 years now, but this is the first one in paint. I usually reserve these forms for inks or colored pencil.
This is painted on 140# (300 gsm) watercolor paper and mounted on acid free matte board. It was painted with gouache and is the standard 2.5 x 3.5 inches.
For those of you who don't know what gouache is, it's a wonderful form of opaque watercolor. I've grown quite fond of it for it's portability. My pallete will fit in my purse with precut ACEO cards and I can paint anywhere!
Saturday, February 11, 2006
Thursday, February 09, 2006
I've also listed a new ACEO... Confetti is now available for bidding on eBay! I hope you enjoy it!
Wednesday, February 08, 2006
The "Plots" series is a 4x4 inch "Art Squared" series of 6 should be listed once I get the varnish applied.
The "Emote" series is 2.5 x 3.5 inch standard for ACEO. This is a series of 9 which also needs a coat of varnish.
Both "Plots" and "Emote" are abstract acrylic series done on acid free acrylic paper and mounted on acid free matte board with acid free mounting adhesive. I only use archival quality surfaces and professional paints for my art.
I'll post photos before the varnish is applied.
Sunday, February 05, 2006
If I had my way "Lemon Zest" and "Rememberance" would be staying here. Oh, well... I hope they go to good homes, because Mike won't let me keep them! You lucky bidders, you!
After many, many requests we've changed some of the info available on our bead auctions. We're now listing mandrel size and Artist along with strand length and bead sizes. I hope this helps out all you jeweler's who requested it!
We're now making ACEO's available on eBay. I've got "Half-Hearted" listed right now, so if you're interested feel free to wander on over to our eBay pages and take a look.
Friday, February 03, 2006
I'm ready to move on to a new piece and I've gotten all the fibers ready for it. The copper supports need to be polished, pierced and varnished before I can begin mounting though. I might skip the piercing for this piece...
Raw silk is not fun to mess with and I'd hate for anything to happen to it while I'm mounting. Let's just say that if you like purple, you might like this piece!
Here's a little Midnight Drive that I was talking about earlier. It's acrylic paint on 5 x 7 canvas panel. If you'd like to see more of this series, please visit our gallery.
I'm having a lot more fun with this series than I thought I would. Who knew that painting on black could be so much fun?
Thursday, February 02, 2006
I've also gotten a new painting done in the "Midnight" series. Photo's will be posted soon!
Wednesday, February 01, 2006
Here's another original ACEO I've finished. It's gouache on 140# (300gsm) watercolor paper mounted on matte board... This little 2.5 x 3.5 inch painting is ready to go to a good home... All materials for all ACEO's are archival quality. Email me if you're interested!
I'm in the process of starting a series of ACEO's and I'm having a blast with them. Check back for series updates!
Mike and I have had company the last few days. We really haven't had time to get anything finished and up on the site. Speaking of the site... We've finally gotten a holding page up so www.bluespiderarts.com is now up and running, although it's a little shy on content at the moment.
Please bear with us while we get a site design together!
Tuesday, January 31, 2006
Monday, January 30, 2006
Here's a little walk I took last night. I had a lot of fun doing this one. "Midnight Walk" is 5 x 7 inches acrylic on canvas panel. If you'd like to see a larger picture, please visit the gallery. It will be ready for a new home in a few days once the varnish is applied.
Saturday, January 28, 2006
Beads are up for one day auction right now. The only exception is one set I'm going to let run for a week. The prices we've been getting on eBay are not the greatest and I've been somewhat disappointed about that. Any suggestions?
Friday, January 27, 2006
I'll also be adding a few more pieces of watercolor and acrylics to the site. I've gotten a few ACEO's done and I've also gotten a few other pieces finished. Those should be available before Wed. this week.
Thursday, January 26, 2006
Today we went out and about... Visted the Dr. and found out I've got carpal tunnel something or another. Both hands in splints. Makes for interesting typing and should be interesting painting and bead making also... I just hope I don't set myself on fire at the torch! Can see my insurance rates skyrocketing and the need for surgery increasing!
Mike's working at the torch as I type this, so we might have something up on the webpage before listing on eBay this week... I'm considering the notion of giving all our Blog readers and Gallery regulars first shot at our beads from now on. So you'll get a preview of the upcoming weeks auctions and a chance to buy them outright if you visit our gallery site.
I hope you know how much you're appreciated by us!
Wednesday, January 25, 2006
We've finally gotten some rain! YEAH! It's been uber dry here this winter and any moisture at all is a good thing! Not much else going on at the moment... Mike has been busy getting our room painted... Now on to the rest of the house! I will never remodel again! It's taking far more time, money and energy than I thought it would. At least the house will look lovely when it's finally finished! And I can't wait for it to be finished!
The studio is almost ready for occupation... I've gotten all the fiber art supplies stashed and figured out a canvas storage system. Now we just need to get the kiln vent installed and we'll be good to go... I hate having the kiln on the patio, but it's the only safe place at the moment.
Tuesday, January 24, 2006
Here's a few ACEO's I've gotten mounted!
#1 "Half Hearted" Gouache on 140# watercolor mounted on acid free mat board.
Sunday, January 22, 2006
Here we are with a beautiful day and I'm inside writting this post! I just wanted to let everyone know that we'll be posting beads on Tuesday for auction on eBay. After many requests we're trying to get the website up with beads and some of the ACEO's I've been working on, so look for that soon!
I'll try and get the ACEO's mounted this week and photo's taken. I'll post them on the blog for anyone interested in them. I've heard that these are addicting and I can tell you it's very true. I'll be needing new supplies to keep up the pace I've been at so far!
The weaving I finished should get mounted this week also... I'll post that as well once photo's are taken. If you've an interest in anything you see here or on eBay, please feel free to email anytime! I love to hear from you!
Tuesday, January 17, 2006
The 16"x20" painting's almost finished, I've gotten several pieces of commission work done and I've completed a weaving. Not bad for a busy weekend when we're also trying to get the house in some order. Construction and remodeling are far more distracting than I thought they would be. I also learned that painting moulding and trim isn't for the faint of heart. Give me a canvas anyday of the week!
We're working on another storage solution for our glass. What we've got now just isn't going to work in the new studio. My frits keep disappearing and reappearing! I never know if Mike's moved them or if they just needed some exercise and will be back after a quick walk. :0)
That's it for now, my friends, but I'll post again before the week is up!
Friday, January 13, 2006
I'm still doing research for an upcoming project and seem to have hit a stumbling block. The information I need feels like it's gotten run over on the "information super highway". Oh, the price of having so much at your fingertips. It's either far to easy to find, or far to hard and no middle ground betwixt the two.
I'm hoping to get my yarns put away over the next few days. I hate having to dig in a box for them. I've got plenty of storage for them in the new studio, it was just a matter of getting liners and cedar strips. Now I just need to figure out how to organize them for optimal space and easy finding!
Wednesday, January 11, 2006
I managed a little in the way of painting yesterday, but got nothing done in glass. It was just to dark to work once we got back. I can't wait to get the interior of the studio setup... I can work whenever I choose! My poor neighbors!
Today I managed to get some pieces for jewelry put together. I'm finding that, while I love making jewelry, I hate taking commisions for it. I also managed a few hours on the acrylic painting and I actually got some research done today as well. Not to mention posting here! I'm feeling pretty good about that. But I expect future postings here will drop to about once a week.
I am, after all, an artist with far to many media to squeeze into the pitance of time alloted me each day. The bead auction is up and will end Sunday. I think we might be posting a few more beads up tomorrow for 3 day, but we'll have to see how much time Mike can squeeze out of his pitance for glass.
Monday, January 09, 2006
I think today was a pretty good glass day. I was blessed with numerous ideas for the canvas while I was at the torch! I love being able to switch media whenever I feel like it. Or continue a theme on to another medium.
I think I'm starting to get the urge to go back to fiber arts for a bit. Might put a kick into the glass and paints. Can't hurt, so I think I'll dig out the loom in the near future.
The studio setup is coming along quite nicely! I really need to get shelf liner and cedar strips for the yard drawers, though. It helps that there's so much more room in the new studio than in the old! At least Mike and I don t need to sit on top of each other to get anything done anymore! I'll post pics to the website as soon as we're up and running (studio and site!).
I'll be listing beads tomorrow for 5 Day auction, I think... We haven't done a longer auction in some time. It will be fun to see how it goes!
Today is a day of firsts! Blue Spider Arts now has a domain name and a blog! Artists of the world beware! *snort* It's lucky I got this far...
I'm hoping to use this as a place to keep everyone informed about what's going on in the studio. I'm also hoping that I can get a webpage up of some sort soon. It might not be much to look at in the begining but with luck it'll actually work!
So that's it for now... My brain hurts already... I'm sooo going back to my paint.