Life in Love with Art, Two Artists; One Household

January 10, 2018
Billie Holiday wrote a song with a title that I just had to use for my new piece! “I gotta right to sing the blues.”
My glass on glass mosaics and Deryk’s paintings will be part of an event on February 8 at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, along with the work of several other couples and we’re all going to talk a bit about ourselves.

 

It’s in preparation for Valentine’s Day – so attendees can find out what it’s like to be two artists in a relationship. Hopefully none of the couples will share anything as sad as the song that inspired my glass piece.

I gotta right to sing the blues

I gotta right to sing the blues

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My thoughts on the Chemainus production of “Harvey”

May 14, 2016
I’ve already written this for my Facebook friends, but here it is again for others….

First, my super big “Thank You” to Chemainus Theatre and to all the supportive folks who visited or shared their best wishes to me for my glass-exhibition-artist-reception last night. My glass will be on display for the duration of the play “Harvey” which runs till May 28. I saw the play last night and absolutely loved it!
And here is my “review.”

The Chemainus production of “Harvey” is truly wonderful. I have always been deeply moved by the story and in this interpretation, there is all around great acting and a really magical transition from a grey world to one that pops with colour. I was reminded of exotic birds – revealing their glorious plumage in a dance of life. What a great symbol to represent the tension between our inner lives and the constraints of reality. To me “Harvey” is a gentle and perfect exploration of the things that really matter.

http://chemainustheatrefestival.ca/our-shows/harvey/
http://chemainustheatrefestival.ca/review-harvey/

Deryk caught a photo of me at the reception evening and I’m posting some other photos as well. I hope that light shining through coloured glass does a bit of what “Harvey” does: adding brightness to the everyday world.


Etsy and me

August 30, 2013

I’ve joined Etsy – and wow is it ever an interesting community. I’ve spent hours browsing and getting a feeling about just what people out there enjoy making and sharing.

The Etsy site allows folks to connect with each other – offering many ways to search for items, materials, themes, etc.; to find or create teams of crafters with similar interests and similar issues; to curate collections called ‘treasuries’ and express a moment of pleasure you’ve had while exploring an idea and seeing who else thought of it (and seeing how their own expression unfolded).

Etsy is also about selling vintage things – so I’m finding some odd things in stored boxes around the house and the act of sorting and photographing them to sell to someone who might truly cherish them –well, it definitely makes the idea of parting with family possessions a lot easier. For instance, I love the idea of old greeting cards being sold to another crafter who will make them into an amazing collage or … who knows?
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And of course I’m putting my own glass art on Etsy as well.
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Here are my first Etsy Treasuries. I find the process of building these to be a delightful way to find out about what other crafters are doing. The rules don’t allow you to promote your own work on a treasury – but I do tend to slip in Deryk and Amy 🙂 I think I might be doing more of these….

The Catcher in the Rye and the Dakota
http://www.etsy.com/ca/treasury/MzYxNTk2MjR8MjcyNDkxNzIwMA/catcher-in-the-rye-and-the-dakota

Blackbird Singing in the Dead of Night: http://www.etsy.com/ca/treasury/MzYxNTk2MjR8MjcyNDkxODYwMg/blackbird-singing-in-the-dead-of-night

Peace:
http://www.etsy.com/ca/treasury/MzYxNTk2MjR8MjcyNDkxNjgxMA/peace

Music is Love that Connects People
http://www.etsy.com/ca/treasury/MzYxNTk2MjR8MjcyNDkxNDkxNg/music-is-love-that-connects-people

Oh and here’s my shop:
http://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/ElizabethLovesGlass


Deryk and I have work at the Oak Bay Marina Restaurant

July 1, 2013

Although the view is so amazing, the place hardly needs artwork – ours is there for the month of July!

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Eco Workshop

March 21, 2013

Theheartiseverywhere (this piece is called “The Heart is Everywhere”)


Join me for an “Eco Workshop” – I’m giving a Glass-on-glass mosaic demo
Monday April 29 7 – 8:30 p.m. $18
Register April 2 at Monterey Rec Centre. http://oakbay.ca/parks-recreation/facilities-rentals/recreation-centres/monterey-recreation-centre

More info about my process is here:
http://glass-on-glass.ning.com


Setting up at Sooke Harbour House

July 31, 2012

Here’s a link to the set up for Sooke Harbour House.

http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10150960569791867.412004.654616866&type=1&l=ba645214f2Sooke Harbour House Aug 2012

Thanks again to the Sooke Harbour House Art Gallery!


And here’s a slideshow of all the mosaics:
http://glass-on-glass.ning.com/photo/photo/slideshow?albumId=5066367:Album:11124

Deryk’s paintings are here: http://www.derykhouston.com/?page_id=2121

Thanks again to the folks at the amazing Sooke Harbour House!


Local Colour – an art exhibition with Deryk Houston and Elizabeth Wellburn

May 29, 2012

“Local Colour” is the name of the exhibition that Deryk and I will have for the month of August in the fabulous Sooke Harbour House.

Beautiful Soft Folds - acrylic painting by Deryk Houston

Beautiful Soft Folds – acrylic painting by Deryk Houston – $2000

Deryk will show several of his acrylic paintings (including this one, called “Beautiful Soft Folds.”)

“Local Colour” is an exhibition title that suits us both.

Thank Your Lucky Stars  (glass on glass mosaic)

Thank Your Lucky Stars (glass on glass mosaic)

Much of Deryk’s work is inspired by nature and the lush fertility of our great West Coast – he truly does depict the colors seen locally and he has an amazing feeling for movement and vibrancy.

More about Deryk’s work at: http://derykhouston.com/

See: a web page of all of Deryk’s paintings in the exhibition.

 

 

My work is made from recycled glass which I collect from friends, nearby thrift stores and yard sales. I love broken chunks and I melt individual pieces in the kiln so they are flat enough to adhere to my base glass — windows discarded from heritage houses that I use as my canvas. I think I am preserving some of the local colour as well and I am always inspired by the stories behind the discarded glass. I may not exactly knowthat those now-chipped amber water goblets were someone’s treasure back in 1960, but I can guess that there was a day when they got put in a box and sent to charity. When I flatten them and add them to a mosaic, I feel like I am giving them a new life.

Autumn Sonata - glass on glass mosaic

Autumn Sonata – glass on glass mosaic

I will exhibit about seven or eight glass-on-glass mosaics, including my latest pieces: “Autumn Sonata” and “Thank Your Lucky Stars” (as usual, these are named after movies).

More about my work at
http://glass-on-glass.ning.com/

Sooke Harbour House is a fantastic location. We are delighted that they will be showcasing our work. So, if you’re in that area during August, please drop in. The gallery can be viewed by anyone who comes by. You don’t have to be a guest of the hotel or restaurant, but you can count yourself among the lucky if you *do* happen to be there for a meal or a vacation. It truly is “world class.”