Some people aren’t meant to work with sharp objects. For Ven, it’s because she might use them to sew your mouth shut. For me, it’s because I’m a big fat chicken. My mom and I are taking this fused glass class together. Just a mother-daughter fun adventure. She got us the classes at a huge discount through Groupon for Christmas and we finally started last week. The first step is to learn to cut glass. It’s the same techniques you would use for stained glass. Anyway, I have to say I was a bit of a wimp about cutting the glass. There aren’t any gloves or anything and the thought of slicing a finger open and having trouble drawing or sculpting as a result was making me twitch. I didn’t have much interest in working with glass to begin with so it didn’t seem worth the risk…at the same time, I love to learn new stuff so I was kind of excited to try it out. My mom felt pretty much the same..wanting to make something but cringing at the process. We both gave it a go and got a bit better in our second class this evening, plus we haven’t strangled each other, so all in all this is a pretty great experience! Thank you Brad of Grand Central Stained Glass for being a patient, sweet teacher!
— Street Art—
Everyone loves tentacles! Am I right? If you answered yes than you are going to love this incredible street art by Phlegm – ‘The Harnassing of Giant Squids’. The piece was done in an empty canal in Sheffield England. Once they get some good rains and the canal fills up some, it will probably cover some of the art yet add to the illustration rather than detract from it. I appreciate street artists that think about not only their art but where they are placing it. I especially love the Phelgm’s classic illustration/pen and ink vibe. It’s something I’d expect to see in the small page of a book rather than on an enormous canal wall. Awesome. More pics and info on Juxtapoz Magazine’s site, but here’s a couple of shots:
Here’s a close-up of the squid, to give you a better idea of the detail.
This Saturday, you can find me along with 70 other artists at ART ON THE BAY : A Live Painting Event. I’ll probably be working on some pen and ink on polymer clay jewelry. I’ll have some jewelry, art dolls and GingerDead greeting cards for sale. I’m sharing a tent with my friend Sarah Thee Campagna of CyberCraft Robots. The event is probably the largest live painting / live art event this city or possibly this state has ever seen and it will take place on the grounds of the Museum of History in beautiful downtown St. Petersburg – 335 2nd Avenue N.E. Hope to see you there!