A week ago I left the house and ran into three black ladies passing out fliers. One said I looked like a painter. When I told them I was they got all excited. I did not get their names. The smallest one kept asking if I would walk her down the red carpet. They asked me if I could draw the photo they had (I think Frankie because she’s a singer). This is a benefit concert and toy drive at The Black Repertory Theater in the neighborhood. I told them I could draw it and they told me to be there at 12:30 on the 17th. They were cracking me up because the little one asked if I could draw her naked. I don’t think they actually thought I would draw this photo but they expect nothing which is why I wanted to give them something. I let this go all week. Tried tonight three times and wound up with this sketch. I framed it for them. So tomorrow I go to see if I can get this to them. I have not been in the holiday spirit, but I did the best I could considering a photo that was not the best to work from. I hope Frankie likes it.
On a rainy day I went to the studio to finish soldering the back and get it into the wood frame I made. Got it home and up.
I had never used these gems before, so this was an experiment. I didn’t have enough of some colors, so I had to improvise. Today seeing it up with light coming through – I was happy with it. I like glass because it is always changing with the light over the course of the day.
The cobalt blue center has a story. I found antique amber and cobalt blue at a salvage yard many years ago. I have several sheets of each still. The blue is my signature – I use it sparingly. It’s probably 100 years old or so – the paper between the sheets of glass dissolved and left dust lines. This etched center piece was made for another art project years ago it was in sort of a tombstone shape – I cut it into more of a circle. I have not been able to find this shade of blue in modern stores.
This piece was made to use up scraps from other projects. So it uses most types of glass: streaky, textured, clear, etched, gems and bevels. Most would say not to use all these together but I was experimenting.