My science experiment was successful! I had to wait for a very sunny day to test the fire risk of hanging my pieces with camera lenses in direct sunlight. I was delighted to discover that they may safely be hung in direct sunlight, just NOT in between the window and a curtain or blind. The magnifying effect dissipates at a distance of about six inches.
I will be at Galerie Old Chelsea today from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm and I plan to move some of my pieces with camera lenses into the windows for the day to let visitors appreciate the full effect of the lenses as they literally drawn the outside in. Please drop in if you are in the area or just looking for an excuse for a Sunday drive. Les Fougères now offers coffee and dessert service at the bar, if you are not looking for a full meal.
Where did the week go? I have updated lists and photos, this website, the Galerie website, I have sorted and organized my workshop, finished one small panel, even planted (and watered) some grass seed. Planting the garden for 2017 will have to wait until next week. Suddenly, it is the weekend again and I am headed to the gallery for the day on Sunday. So, if you can create some time for a drive, head on over to Galerie Old Chelsea and visit me. And - I am happy to celebrate some recent sales ....
Here are the easy directions to Galerie Old Chelsea. Take Highway 5, Exit 13 Tenaga Old Chelsea, then it is right, right, and right. At the bottom of the exit ramp, turn right onto Scott Road. At the end of Scott Road (about 2 kms), turn right Highway 105 and IMMEDIATELY turn right into the parking lot for Les Fougeres, Galerie Old Chelsea. I will be there today from around noon until closing at 5:00 pm.
The day I hang my show at the gallery takes a lot of energy! Tom and I loaded the two cars and drove to the Galerie this morning, then unloaded and carried everything up the stairs. I then spent the whole day going up and down ladders to hang first my ingenious hanging system, and then to hang/straighten the pieces, tie up the dangling cords on the hanging system. Labels were made and added, posters were put in place, and then photos were taken. My little feet are tired but I am happy with the outcome. Tomorrow I get to go shopping for snacks and wine for Sunday's vernissage.
Just because I had some time .... I decided I had time to make one more piece for the show. The size (22" wide) fills the gap I was worried about. The colour and theme will fit perfectly with the other pieces on that wall. It was a pretty time-intensive piece and I did get interrupted by a number of things (hence the name, Workus Interruptus), but I did get it done in time to hang my show in the Galerie Old Chelsea tomorrow morning.
Another busy day! Waking up to flurries did not slow me down - I went for my daily walk and to my Zumba class, then focused on some bureaucracy for getting my show organized. Today, I cross-checked lists, did a final clean on each piece, then added the chain on each piece. With this task out of the way, I can now get to work on one or two more pieces to take to the show. Thursday is the day I hang my glass at the Galerie!
Another full day in the glass workshop! I had this piece foiled and ready to solder, but when I looked at it this morning, some of the lines did not feel right. I started by replacing three pieces of glass with two in the top left of the images. Then I modified some of the pieces running from the bottom of the image towards the top right corner. Finally, I decided to lighten the piece by replacing the hand-fused circle with a simpler (and lighter) piece of glass. As you can see, the colors change significantly in natural light, even with this evening's grey skies. This evening I cut the zinc for the frame and will finish this piece tomorrow.