Tuesday, January 31, 2006

More beads available

Mike's been quite busy at the torch this week... There are four more sets available on our gallery site for those interested. I'm fond of "Beach Baby" myself, but all of them are lovely...


Monday, January 30, 2006

New beads are up

I've put up a new set of beads available on the gallery site. I finally talked Mike into making pairs after quite a few requests from some of you. Please, stop by and have a look!


Midnight Walk

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


This is "Leonine". He's been painted in Acrylic on a 5 x 7 inch canvas panel. He's had his varnish applied, so he's ready to go to a good home anytime now. Email me if you're interested in adopting him.

Paintings are now up

I finally got photo's taken of my recent paintings. If you'd like to check them out, just go to the link section and click on the Gallery site. They'll be listed under the Paintings album. Yes, I just put it in last night! :0)

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

More Beads

We've gotten a few more sets put up on the Gallery site for those of you interested. They'll be going up for one day auction tomorrow afternoon. If you'd like to buy before the auction starts, feel free to email me!

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

No fun today...

Well, I was right about Flagstaff and it snowed on us the whole way up there. But I did get some of the watercoror pencils I was looking for. I guess it was worth it... I really hate the snow...

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

Tripping to Flagstaff

It's looking like we'll be heading up to Flagstaff once again today. Not really looking forward to it, as it looks to be snowing up there today. At least I'll be able to hit the art supply!

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

Beads Available!

We've got beads available for purchase up on the Gallery. Please feel free to stop and browse. We've also gotten some of the ACEO's up. Don't forget to check out our past lampwork creations in the Lampwork Portfolio!


A few ACEO's for you!

Here's a few ACEO's I've gotten mounted!

#1 "Half Hearted" Gouache on 140# watercolor mounted on acid free mat board.
Gouache on 140# watercolor paper mounted on acid free mat board.
We've talked to our site admin and it's looking like we'll have a bare bones site up sometime this week! We've also gotten the beginings of a gallery started. We're looking forward to it!
If you're intersted in these ACEO's please feel free to email me!

Sunday, January 22, 2006

Slow down Sunday

Greetings and salutaions!

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

Back to it...

Mike made a few sets to go up on eBay, I'll be listing them today. I've also managed to get the yarns stowed with minimal fuss... Considering I have over 100 pounds of yarn, I think things went fairly well, although we're precious short of storage space now! Thanks be that we'd already figured out paper and canvas storage!

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

Lazy Days

Mike and I have been fairly lazy the last few days... Mike opted to grocery shop over making beads. I guess he'd like to eat every once in a while. I've managed to get some painting done, but nothing in glass for the last few days. Mike has a few days off from "work", so I expect that there will be more sets up on Tuesday.

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

Yesterday's Trip

Yesterday was very strange. We made a trip up to Flagstaff and stopped at one of the local art supply stores. I managed to pick a few new gouache colors, but not much else. Seem's that paint is popular these days! I couldn't find any of the acrylic gels I was looking for and watercolor paper in the size I wanted was impossible to find. I guess I'm stuck ordering online as the nearest art supply store is in Sedona, over 20 miles away and Flagstaff is much farther!

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

It's a Glass Day!

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!


A day of firsts!

Well, well, well...

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.