Saturday, June 20, 2009

Helicopter Lands in My Yard

Well, not exactly, but it was in the field next to it.

There was a little excitement in our neighborhood yesterday. I was out gardening and heard the CAL Fire helicopter flying around, and it made several very low passes over our house. I mean LOW. The "I can see your eyes looking at me" kind of low. There were guys hanging out the door peering down at the ground, and I feared the worst. Either there was a fire nearby or they thought I started one. About 15 minutes earlier I had been using the leaf blower tidying up some walkways near a dry, dirt area, and caused a bit of a dust cloud. I figured someone saw the cloud, thought it was smoke from a fire, and called 911, and now they were out looking for ME. Yikes!

After several low passes they left, but returned in about 5 minutes, hovering over the field next to our house. I walked over to get a closer look unobscured by trees, and found that there was an air-evac kind of stretcher on the ground (with a person in it), a rope hanging from the Huey, and at least one guy with him on the ground. The helicopter then proceeded to land in the field about 50 yards away from the stretcher, and an ambulance and other emergency vehicles arrived to take the patient away.

We never did manage to find out what the story was, but one of my neighbors thought that CDF was paying them a personal visit because of the smoke coming from their barbeque. I'll find out later and let you know. I hope the patient is ok.

Here's some pictures of their departure - I didn't capture their arrival because I was preparing to be handcuffed and carted away for my leaf blowing sins.

Nice to see you again, guys. I'll see you at next year's Fireman's Barbeque!

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Perspectives Exhibit

"Beacon" entry accepted into the ISGB's Perspectives Exhibit.
She is the bead I previously wrote about as being "coy" in front of the camera.

I forgot to share some really cool news I got recently. One of my beads was accepted into the Perspectives exhibit:" Traditions and Innovations in Glass Beads! This exhibit is part of the 2009 Glass Art Society conference in Corning, New York, and will be available from June 5 to September 7 at the Radisson Hotel in Corning.

I am humbled to be a part of this 56-artist exhibition, among so many well known and incredible glass artists. There is a great slide show of all of the entries here. You will be blown away by some of this work. Check out Sharon Peters' "Sub Woofer", Deborah Gibson's "Ancient", Ed Slawson's "Armed Beauty #3", and Laurie Salopek's "Metamorphosis" for examples of why I feel honored to be in this inspiring collection. As a group, we are certainly expanding the envelope of this art form.

The future of glass bead making is so bright, I gotta wear shades (Didymium shades). Does that date me? Oh well, who cares.

New Beads on Etsy


"Burning Down The House"
, (SOLD).

I've been busy in the studio, and have lots of fun stuff to share. For some reason (the approaching Solstice, maybe?) many of my beads have had a "fire" theme, with very warm colors. Maybe it's because I'm taking them to spicy hot Miami in July for The Gathering, perhaps.

Others are also in this theme, with a distinct feminine feel (the summer solstice is ruled by feminine energy).

In any event, look for these in my Etsy shop, or if you prefer, drag your butt down to Miami in July (see, Etsy sounds good right about now, doesn't it?) if you must see them in person.

"Yin", now in my Etsy shop.

"Anti-Yin", coming soon.

"Night Fires",(SOLD).

Monday, June 8, 2009

Mouse Hunt: Not Just a Game Any More

Just wanted to let you know the score on this one -

Patty: 2
Mice: 0

All is well so far.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Ties That Bind: Supporting Ovarian Cancer Research

To view the full photo album of shots of the art doll, go here.

One year ago I signed up to participate in an art project to benefit Ovarian Cancer Research called The Ties That Bind. The goal was to create an art doll using decorated neckties and charms, and to raffle it off. I created a charm from a heart shaped lampwork bead I made, and waited.

The doll is now finished, stands about 4' tall, and the raffle is open. She is amazing, and covered from head to toe in heartfelt artistic statements from over 80 artists. She is being photographed by Stampington Press, who will be doing an article on the project. Please visit the blog here to see close up images of some of the charms and ties, and and make a donation for the raffle if you can. Tickets are $5 each, or 6 for $20.

Friday, June 5, 2009

Tortuga, Baby!

Tortuga Baby small straight sided lentils, now in my Etsy shop.

Aren't they just the cutest things ever?

In my second tutorial on my Playa Tortuga design I admit that the design could probably be scaled down for a smaller bead, but that I had not tried it. Well, I've tried it, and I love it. For some reason the raku color is even more intense in this smaller bead. I'm sure it has something to do with heat. But what it does is just blowing me away.

Even though these are not necessarily focals at 7/8" (22.2mm) I'm offering these individually in my Etsy shop, and you can buy as many as you need for your project. Don't worry, I'm making more. Lots more.


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