I want to apologize to those who have contacted me about purchasing my holiday glass ornaments. Ornaments are the one product that I have continued to make in COE 96 but because of the announced closing of Spectrum and Uroboros Glass, I have decided to discontinue making the ornaments this year. I do plan to make them next year, but I will convert over to Bullseye Glass--I just didn't have time this year to switch over and get them made.
It has been an insane year for glass artists and we have all been effected by the decision to shutter much of the American Colored Glass manufacturers. I want to personally extend my gratitude to Bullseye Glass for hanging in there, not succumbing to taking the easy way out, and committing to making the process both clean and safe for their neighbors and employees. I am more proud than ever to say I use Bullseye Glass and that it is still made in America.
Look for my Bullseye Glass ornaments next year!
Thank you American Made Show for the Meet the Maker feature heading into the Dallas Market show in June!
I haven't posted a pictorial chronology of a frit painting in a very long while, so I decided to document a frit ornament of a client's ranch property in the Hill Country. From left to right:
Its that time of year again for mega ornament production. These are a sampling of my repetoire this year, both whimsical and painterly. What I like about making ornaments is there is instant gratification--they sell almost as fast as I make them. Helps to boost the ego and feel validated as an artist.
November brings turkey and lots of winter pieces. I am terribly excited about this piece that just went into the kiln for 5th and final fire. I have built the background slowly, taking care to build each layer individually leading up to the early spring leaves topped with fresh snow. I'll post the kiln opening below tomorrow.
Haven't blogged in a long time and I felt the call tonight. Our second winter storm is bearing down and it is a great night for firing and writing.
This will be the second piece in a row that I will give away. My brother and sister-in-law participate in fundraisers this time of year and often ask me to make a piece for the auction. The funny part is that my brother always outbids everyone for my pieces so he is subsequently acquiring the largest single collection of my work! I love my brother and sister-in-law because they have always supported my work.
The piece is going in for second firing above. Since they live in Louisiana, I decided to make a wooded scene that will have a swing hanging from the tree. That is my memory of childhood.
The other donated piece was from the Anne Nye advanced palette knife class at Artisan Village in Coolidge AZ. I love the low desert flora--saguaro cactus, ocatillo and prickly pear are my favorites so I did one and left it with the Artisan Village Foundation for fundraising for the center.
Yes, I am a nice guy. Yes, I am a generous idiot. No, I am not getting rich off my art--surprise!
Let me officially introduce the EARTHFIRE ARTS initial product line--painting by Ann Cheeks, glass by Diane Quarles @Aspen Light Glass Studio and metal work by Joanne Taplin@JT Metalworks! There will be a sneak peak of 4 of the initial product line this Sunday afternoon at the Sherbino Theater in Ridgway Colorado.
This is the second dimensional glass piece set in the metal frame. Joanne @ Resource Art Gallery has been working on the frames/stands for the pieces and we made 2 for testing. The first one was on the counter at her gallery and two clients saw them and wanted to purchase it (we were a little hesitant since they are prototypes) so we finished a second one for the other client. Hopefully, we can get back to work and get these puppies finished and juried in to a wholesale site and get them on the shelves. I am really hopeful that this product will take off.
Yes, its another piece out of the kiln--sorry. You know how I said I loved to paint sunsets? Well here we are. In order to boost the colors, I powder painted on Marzipan Opal rather than my usual 6mm Tekta clear. This tends to really boost the color vibrance and is great for southwestern colors. It also is not reactionary like many of its color kin such as French Vanilla. I tend to stay away from white since it tends to overstate the colors and can be a challenge to cover.
This piece is a reflection of our recent trip to Phoenix to visit my niece. I always feel like I have entered a new universe when I go down to the Sonoran Desert. The plant life, the desert critters and the climate are all so different from Colorado. I do love the juxtaposition between the two worlds.
I continue to delve deeper into vibrant and altered colors. The problem is I like it. I like it so much better than what nature presents itself. I guess that makes me a colorist. I never could focus on drawing and drawing alone. It always needed color and the more the better. I started painting sunsets on the water at Lake LBJ in oil when I was 14. Now if I can just free myself to see altered colored from within--I guess this a journey that all impressionists take as they develop their style. I just hope I can learn to let go and see through the colored lens.
Welcome to the blog! I am the artist and gallery owner, Diane Quarles. I will post day-to-day outcomes and events here so you can see what is going on in the studio this month.