My piece, “Sea Garden”, has taken second place in the ‘other’ category at the 2018 Bangor Art Society Member Show. This piece is inspired by sea weed/kelp beds under the sea. It’s about 12″ x 12″ and set in a black metal stand. Created using fusible glass and fired in the kiln up to 1500 degrees F. Fired multiple times for 12 hours each time until the desired effect is achieved.
My mother passed a little over a year ago. I made this piece in memory of her. It’s a faux encaustic, mixed media piece. It’s a little dark, but then so was my life when it was created.
The process was very interesting as I added elements and built up layers upon layers, like year upon year, memory upon memory.
It, of course, is not for sale, but I wanted to share it with you nonetheless.
I’ve been creating kiln fired glass work for about 24 years now, 16 of them in Maine. I create jewelry, accessories, dishes and glass art pieces. My studies (long ago) were in painting and sculpture, and I’ve found myself yearning to create more one of a kind pieces. Last year I decided to focus more on creating art and marketing it separately from my other work and this required me to approach new venues. With that goal in mind I also decided to create a new site dedicated to my art vs. my jewelry etc….
In late 2015 I joined the Bangor Art Society and entered my glass art pieces in a few exhibits and an auction. Hanging around these fine people somehow lit the desire to paint again. I haven’t painted in about 30 years but here I go again!
This year, 2018, I’ve joined several arts organizations and will be participating in a number of exhibits with them. Check my ‘where to find me’ page for upcoming venues.
This site is a natural extension of this new direction….. I hope you will enjoy it..
~Love and Light, Nancy
I love painting out in the open air. It’s so different from painting in the studio; there is a depth, and a quality of light, in real life, a distance between things that a flat photo (at least one I take) cannot convey. Often I will start a painting outside and then finish up in the studio over weeks or months. This provides the best of both worlds.
This painting was created in such a way over a number of months. I started at the harbor in Belfast, Maine and finished up in the studio. I so love the ocean; looking at this painting you can almost see, feel and hear the water gently lapping against the dock and feel the warm breeze on your brow.
Thanks for viewing,
PS: this one is for sale in the shop. I’ll add more as I can.. she who wears all the hats runs out of time…
This month I’m participating in the 2016 Bangor Art Society Member Show and tonight I was awarded a 1st place ribbon in the ‘other’ category. Other is glass, pottery, mixed media etc… anything that is not drawing, oils, acrylics, watercolor, pen and ink or photography. This is my very first win of a ribbon!! I’m excited : )
Well, I found myself in a bit of a crunch for time. You see, I have applied for a fine art cooperative which juries in February (yeah this month!!) and I don’t really have a ‘body of work’ to show. I had forgotten just how long oil paint takes to dry and so PANIC ensued!!! Fear not I thought… Acrylics!!! Now, I have never painted in acrylics before except some denim jackets long long ago ….. but off to the store I went and bought a ton of colors…. and WOW holy moly does this stuff dry fast! I am saved! It’s not the same, and my true love is oil .. but hey…it’s not bad!!
So here is an image of the 2nd painting I’ve done in 30 years, in acrylics!
So as I mentioned, I have not painted in about 30 years but recently got the urge. I always painted in oils before and so my first in all these years is also in oils. It was frightening to pick up the brushes and stare at that white canvas and, I admit, I procrastinated for awhile before I committed brush to surface. For me, this is a new adventure in learning how to paint again. I’m no longer that 20something, recently graduated girl who majored in painting and sculpture. I’ve changed, and so has what I see when I look at the world through the eyes of a painter. But as I reconnect brush to canvas, that student of the arts stirs; while I find my vision may have changed, I also still retain much of how I once felt when I paint. My paintings will be both similar to my older work.. and different…much as I am similar to that young girl…. and yet… different.
Join me as I grow, experiment, learn and explore….