Day 11:08 am
This Urn of Petunias is of the gorgeous old cast iron variety. After my husband bought it, he had it sand blasted and painted in a body shop. That was expensive, even more so than purchasing the urn in first place. This painting holds a bit of sadness for me. You see, the photograph I was working from for my reverse painting on glass was one that I had shot after coming home from my brother-in-law’s funeral. It was a rainy day, and life had been better. But these things pass, and life does get better again.
My mother always had an old cast iron urn to plant her geraniums in every year. I plant geraniums now, too, but that was the year I had an urn of petunias. After several moves in life, my mother’s urn in the garden was a reproduction. Quite the downgrade for antique dealers after 60 plus years in the business. I never noticed the urn had been replaced with a new one until the day it had been stolen from her yard. This was right before a huge antique show.
I was visibly upset about her urn being stolen, but in her infinite wisdom of over 90 years, she just smiled and said that she hoped they had to move that heavy reproduction a lot of times before it sold .
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Owl paintings are a subject I haven’t done a series of as much as I just keep returning to. I might do a series of paintings or maybe three, and then it’s time to do another owl glass painting. Finding myself intrigued by owls, I am not obsessed with them. They are so much easier to hear than to see, and in the area where I live, they can be heard on any given day, but seldom seen.
Though I have written about avian art, the raptors are special for me. Think of the exacting skill, the awareness of body and muscle it requires just to stay alive, let alone to provide for a nest full of owlets. Though the abilities are innate, survival would still be a chore. I believe they are not merely survivors, but warriors.
There are people who specialize in collecting owls of all kinds, for example, ceramic, bisque, wooden and stuffed owls. Some that actually look real, and some, well, not so much.
My glass painting encompasses a wide variety of subjects including but not limited to horses, flowers, seasonal paintings, pet portraits as well as the owl paintings, so please consider taking a look at things that might interest you too.