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.
So I am finally attempting to use palette knife work the way it was intended to be used--as impressionistic work. I have been working up to larger scale pieces and feel like this presents a small milestone in my progression. It really feels artistically satisfying doing this kind of work. I hope to do much more and continue to develop an impressionistic style along the way.
Hopefully, this will be my first successful single fire Palette Knife Glass Painting for a client for Christmas. The shot is taken from Tower Road overlooking the Uncompaghre Valley looking south towards Mt. Abrams. I exaggerated the colors in their photo in order to replicate the dynamic in powders. I will be so elated if I really do get it in one fire!!!!!!
The Ridgway Public Library hosts an annual local artist exhibit and this will be my second year to submit. The piece is again a combination of frit, vitrigraph and glass palette knife methods. I am beginning to feel at ease combining methods and it is beginning to feel like own personal style.
Third and final fire with the palette knife glass for the ground and rocks. Let's just pray the lightening tonight doesn't take the power down.
Seconf fire has begun. The front image was so stellar, that I decided to not reverse the piece. I frit painted the forest section of the triptych and taking it to a 1310 degree fire. Then when I palette paint the ground and rocks, I can fire at 1280 degrees to keep the matte finish.
I finally got the first fire going for the palette knife glass triptych that will be on display at the First Friday Art Walk in Ft. Collins in October. As in the prototype, this will be the back side once it is flipped and "repainted". I'll post the firing progressions for those interested in seeing its development.
This is a prototype glass palette knife painting where the first layer is full fused and then flipped over so that the water appears as a reflection. I then re-glassed the land areas in reverse at a much lower fuse temperature to create the illusion of foreground. The final piece is for a client in Houston and will be about a 1/3 larger. I may finish this one out as a triptych.
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.