The evolution of a project in glass and photography

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New phone number

Hey everyone, just wanted to let those of you who have my older business cards and contact information, that the phone number has been changed.
You can now reach Worlds Within Glass and Ladybug Glass Studio at Nine two zero-366-six four six zero.
Getting ready to head off to Appleton for Art at the Park, Sunday's art fair. You will also find me at ArtStreet in Green Bay, Aug 23-25!

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New Portfolio Pages Added

After quite a few crazy months, I am trying to get back on track with new glass, photos and Photoshop manipulated images.  Check out the new Portfolio pages that show more of my photos than most have seen.  I have included a second page of Mirrored images that are pretty fun.  Hopefully, there will be more in the very near future!


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Fun with Photoshop

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Another cold day, so it the idea of staying in and playing with Photoshop sounded pretty good.  Wanting to apply to a competition, “Same but Different” I needed to figure out how to make a diptych in Photoshop.  Now, I can show the original glass world and the photos that come from it.  Above right is the eight inch disk and on the left is Folds at the Edge of the Sun, which you can just make out at the very bottom of the disk.  This world has a lot more to it, so I will have to make a few more combo pieces.  Now, on to some more same but different pieces.


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Nice start to the New Year

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Feeling very honored that my photo, “Folds at the Edge of the Sun”, was chosen for a Special Recognition Award in the Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery “All Women” 2016 Art Exhibition.  This was my first time entering an online international art event, so I am feeling pretty excited right now.  A very nice way to start 2016!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

5th Annual “All Women” Art Exhibition Results Now Posted Online

JUPITER, FL – January 1, 2016 / — Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery is pleased to announce that its January 1, 2016 art exhibition, the 5th Annual “All Women” Art Exhibition is now posted on their website and can be viewed online. The theme for this art exhibition is for women artists only and they were asked to submit their best 2D & 3D art. There was an open theme for this competition.

An art competition was held in December 2015 which determined and judged the art for this exhibition. The gallery received submissions from 33 different countries from around the world and they also received entries from 38 different states and the District of Columbia. Overall, there were 890 entries which were judged for this art competition.

Congratulations to the artists who have been designated as this month’s category winners, along with the winning Special Merit and Special Recognition artists. The gallery commends all of the winning artists for their artistic skill and their creativity, as this online art exhibition is indicative of their creativity.

To proceed to the gallery’s 5th Annual “All Women” online art exhibition follow this link:

https://www.lightspacetime.com/all-women-art-exhibition-january-2016/.

Each month Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery conducts themed online art competitions for 2D artists. All participating winners of each competition have their artwork exposed and promoted online through the online gallery to thousands of visitors each month. If you know of a talented 2D artist who may benefit from the exposure and the publicity that the gallery can provide to them, please forward this press release to them.

About Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery

Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery conducts monthly themed art competitions and monthly art exhibitions for new and emerging artists on a worldwide basis. It is Light Space & Time’s intention to showcase this incredible international talent in a series of monthly themed art competitions and art exhibitions by marketing and displaying the exceptional abilities of these artists. The art gallery website can be viewed here: https://www.lightspacetime.com


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December 4 Promotion

To continue with Holiday specials, starting today, Dec. 4, at 8AM and running until Dec. 5, at 8AM (Central Time Zone), I have free or discounted standard shipping on selected items in my Etsy shop.  Standard shipping is US Postal Service Priority or First Class Mail, and these classes are free for shipping within the US.  International orders will receive a discounted shipping fee.  If you need expedited shipping, or request another carrier, there will be an additional cost.

Check back for another special offer tomorrow!

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Life can change in a minute

Sorry to say, but the Open Studio in October has been cancelled. Due to an illness in my family I just can’t afford the time to get everything ready or make plans right now. It is something I love to do, so this is very disappointing.  Tom and I may schedule another in the future, possibly even this Fall, so stay tuned!

In the meantime, you will find Tom Krueger at the Townline Art Fair in Fish Creek the second weekend in October, the 10th and 11 th. if you are looking for my work, check out The Flying Pig in Algoma.


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Sewing?!?

As I said before, I don’t sew. Ask me to cut out and put some glass pieces together, no problem. Ask me to cut fabric and sew it together, big problem. Oh, I can do the occasional hem, repair a split seam and the like, but actually making something gets me crazy.  showing off this fabric I have been designing leads to the obvious question “so what are you going to do with it?”.  Luckily, my Mother still enjoys seeing and is game for a new project while waiting out winter. So we got together and I cut and pinned, she sewed and we made some scarves.  I have been wearing them and getting good response. Today I decided to try my hand at sewing one myself – maybe after all these years things have changed. Nope. Well, I did set myself up for a challenge by using knit fabric, nothing like adding an extra layer of difficulty. A nice infinity scarf is now around my neck, but I don’t want anyone to look too closely. I have a lot of respect for those who sew with knits, and even more for my Mom who made me a bathing suit years ago. I will be going back to my other idea of making bags and clutch purses out of woven fabrics. Maybe with practice on some easier things I will improve. Or, I will find people who do sew…..

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First try….

I couldn’t wait to make something with a piece of the new fabric made from my photos, so this morning I got out a needle and thread and got to work. Now, many of the women in my family (including my mother who still does some sewing and even made my wedding dress as well as a few others) are or were great in the sewing arts…not me.  That gene totally skipped me. So putting something together with fabric and thread is a bit of a challenge, and, since I don’t sew, I don’t have a sewing machine.  Slippery fabric and hand stitching….but I did it!  Add to that the fact that I start ed about 6:30 this morning and you can understand why I don’t want anyone to look too closely at this first bracelet. But, it shows just how excited I am by this new material!  Here are some pictures. Remember, 6:30 AM, needle and thread, slippery fabric, non-sewer who is very excited to see the finished product.

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Fabric!

The new throw pillows available through Fine Art America started me thinking about having some of my images printed on fabric once again.  This is something I have had in the back of my mind for a long time, and I have played with designs on Spoonflower, but never followed through with an order.  Well, time has come!  I ordered a few designs in their 8″ swatch format and they arrived today.  With arrival of an adapter to try my macro lens on my husband’s new Sony a6000 mirrorless camera I had the perfect photo shoot opportunity.  Here are some of the designs (I created a total of 11).  They are “mirror repeat” patterns, each made with one of my macro photos.  The pictures could be better, but this gives you the general idea. New product concepts are forming…..2015 should be interesting!

Happy New Year!  and a belated Merry Christmas!

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Tour d’Art Starts Tomorrow

Tomorrow’s the day!   Even though it may be cold and grey outside, inside it will be cozy and bright.  My studio is almost ready, and Tom (TJ) Krueger will soon be setting his stuff up.

Friday and Saturday, Oct. 3-4. 10 am to 5 pm both days

N6618 Hillside Rd., Cascoimage

North on Hillside Rd., (about 2 miles from Luxemburg or Casco), 3rd house on the right.

Give me a call at nine2zero-845-five85eight if you need more information.  Or send me a message here


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Photo(s) of the Week, May 21

Just made some new glass pieces and of the three I really like two of them.  The third, well, sometimes the colors just don’t work well together.  I keep hoping to make some glass that I just want to sell, but then I do some exploring and find all kinds of things going on.  I’m really happy with these, so I am posting more than just one image.  Don’t worry there are plenty for future posts!

First, the two 8 inch glass discs

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I was trying to create some lighter pieces to compliment my mostly darker ones, and succeeded.  As the next few macro photos show, there are at least a few really interesting brighter and lighter images to be found.

5211403Loving this mix of colors

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My favorite of the day (and I took about 35 photos).

Red Rope ©This one seems very simple, but strong

I am really excited about these and can hardly wait to see them in print.  My favorite way of printing is on metal, so I won’t get instant gratification, but I do have some metallic paper on hand, and that gives a pretty good feel for how they will look.  One thing I am also excited about is that these are all very large images to start with, so they could be printed on a very large scale.


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Photo of the Week, May 14

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Another image with a “celestial” feel to it.  I love these!  Part of the reason I named this collection of images “Worlds Within” is that some look like things that should be of another universe.   Can’t you imagine the Enterprise sailing past something like this in the old episodes of Star Trek?

Finally, I have upgraded my Photoshop and Lightroom programs, so I hope to be able to do some extra fine tuning of upcoming images.  While I don’t like to do a whole lot to the images, sometimes the color really isn’t quite as true to the actual color of the glass as I would like, or there are a few extra bubbles that take away from the overall photo, so I do a bit of refining.  This one had some specks that weren’t a part of the glass and needed a bit of sharpening.  Much to explore!


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New Photo of the Day

For the last year and a half, or so, I have been taking my photos with a Nikon D3200 with a Tamron 60mm F/2 Macro 1:1 lens, and have been pretty happy with most of the images.  Sometimes, though, I find an interesting area that is smaller than I could shoot and enlarge to the size I really want (I have some images enlarged to 30″x40″, but they have to be pretty big to begin with).  I have been dreaming of the Nikon D800 because of it’s 36 megapixels, but the reality is that it is not yet in my budget – just need a few more big prints to go to new homes to justify it.   While I was at my local camera store (Camera Corner in Green Bay) drooling over the D800, the salesperson suggested trying extension tubes to allow me to get closer to the glass and thus increase the size of the photo.  Finally, I have been trying it out.  I can get much closer and stay in focus on some of those tiny portions of glass that have a lot going on.  My full frame now is approximately 12mm by 5-6mm and there is a lot of detail that I can now get in focus.  It will be interesting to see how some of these look enlarged.

Here is one photo I took last night.  The glass is a 6″ disc that looks a bit boring without just the right light.  Plus, as I find is often the case, most of the fun stuff can’t be seen without the magnification.  I’m calling this one “Eye of the Beast”.

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New Photos at The Flying Pig!

Some of the photos that made their way to The Flying Pig in Algoma today.  All are aluminum prints, my favorite printing style right now.  High gloss prints on metal give amazing depth and dimension to the prints – they almost look like the glass.  Looking forward to seeing them on the walls!

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Circle Prints!

I had been wanting to do some prints as circles and finally did right before my first show in a very long time, Arti Gras in Green Bay.  The standard circular prints on paper looked pretty neat, so I ordered some on aluminum.  Of course they didn’t show up until after the show :(.  But, the paper circles caught the interest of an art buying committee from a local technical college and they ordered three large metal circles.  They just arrived and I can see more circular prints in the future!

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