Art Digest #2: Glass Art (Days 36-42 of 365 Days of ART) wine stoppers, dress & Plantation Florida 1993

Hello Readers.

This is art digest #2 for the 365 Days of Art, which covers Days 36 through 42. I invite you to skim them at once or enjoy them one day a at time. I will be posting some daily art posts again on 1-16-2017. 

Monday 1-9-2017 Day #36: Watercolor flamingo by Jedi

I love this simple watercolor by artist “jedi” – There are three things I would use this to teach students about. First, I think it is so important to sign our work. Many pro artists will only sign pieces when they are satisfied with a piece and with learning students, we discussed signatures as well as how to sign our own work. Students can use artsy initials (maybe develop a logo) or they can write their name subtly, like Jedi did here. Students tend to want to write their name near the edge of the paper, which can get covered up if the piece gets a frame – so I have them move up. I also prefer to have them sign in the lower right just so we have consistency. Also in this painting, there is much to discuss with the splash and unfinished look the artist went for here – and maybe even the bull’s eye centering and how it works. And notice how the brushstrokes have different value and whisps to depict feathers. A good watercolor brush can make this easy to do. Do you like this piece?


Tuesday 1-10-2017  Day #37: Wine stoppers made of glass

We gave a few of these little blown glass wine stoppers out as gifts last year.  They are such a nice gift to give because they are functional art – and who doesn’t love a wine stopper, right?

 While wrapping up the pink blowfish one for my MIL, I noticed that it was from Plantation, Florida – well it was “made” in China, sigh, but the distributor, LSArts, must have had a booth or small building down there in South Florida. I spent summer of 1993 in Plantation, FL and someday I will have to share more about it because it was such a unique summer for me.  Not as pivotal as December 1992 on the Space Coast of FL was, but it all sort of melded together.  Anyhow, it’s funny how the “bottom of a gift box” could trigger a memory for a few minutes. You reflect and then bam, right back into the now.  Also, it is not often that I hear of that little city right above Miami. Have you ever heard of Plantation, FL? 




This little glass art bike was a free gift with purchase and we gave it to a cycle instructor.

Glass art linked to Nancy Merrill’s GLASS theme.


Wednesday 1-11-2017 Day #38: One-liner Wednesday

It is hard to mention “glass art” and not think of Chihuly these days.

credit: Chihuly’s site

Thursday 1-12-2017 Day #39: Throwback

On March 13, 2014, I went to Cara DiMassimo’s art exhibit at the Glen Allen Cultural Arts Center. She had beautiful glass art and the highlight of her show was this glass art dress.  It took a full year for her to create and she wore it at a glass art fashion show at the Glass Art Society‘s 50th celebration.  

DiMassimo glass dress

back view of DiMassimo glass dress

Cara DiMassimo glass dress - detail


Cara DiMassimo is the co-owner of The Glass Palette in Charlottesville, VA.

Here is a collage I put together (for a post that was deleted) from the opening reception of her 2014 exhibit Dell’Oceano: From The Sea

Cara DiMassimo artist reception_march_2013

Friday 1-13-2017 (happy birthday, R) Day 40: Dancer artist Baryshnikov (and friday flashaback)

While crafting this digest, I decided to see if there was any news about Plantation, FL in 1993 because Marie, over at The Syllabub Sea, has a “building blocks of history” challenge (here) and after seeing the wine stopper (see Tuesday above) had the location on the box as Plantation, Florida, I was curious. 

Turns out, if you search “Plantation, Florida 1993” you end up with a lot of photos of the dancer (artist) Mikhail Baryshnikov.  His very famous photo shoot with Ferdinando Scianna (with Tim-the-Dog in dance studio) was in Plantation, Florida back in 1993.

Also, pro tennis player Sloane Stephens was born in Plantation, Florida in 1993. 

And one more thing came up, which I recall was quite unnerving during that summer, and it was about the crimes against tourists.  

Tourists in rental cars were getting bumped off the roads and robbed.  When a German tourist failed to stop, he was killed.

I will tell you that I normally would explore areas and take drives on my own, but when all of that was going on that summer, I did not drive alone in certain parts of South Florida. Even though I did not have a rental car, the sedan I had at the time might have been targeted.  A while ago, I was watching an episode of “I Almost Got Away With It” (S5E8) and it was all about Patsy Jones and how she led these crimes. The episode was titled, “Got to prey on tourists.” It was chilling to watch – and I remembered how I played it safe that summer.  



Saturday 1-14-2017 Day 41: Art in Everyday objects

We all know that ART is all around us. Here we have salt water taffy sitting on top of some greeting cards – with beautiful dragonfly art and a sparkling flower with smaller lined flowers. The bit of pattern from the dish can be seen too. Art is all around.


Sunday 1-15-2017  Day 42: Featured Artist Blogger #2

Featured Artist Blogger #2 Mara Mattia HERE. She is a wonderful painter and I thought some readers might want to check out her painting lessons HERE


Have a great week.










32 thoughts on “Art Digest #2: Glass Art (Days 36-42 of 365 Days of ART) wine stoppers, dress & Plantation Florida 1993

  1. I like the watercolor paint of the flamingo too. I did not know that you also taught about signing the art work too. I thought it is nothing much than singing to show that the work is yours. There are a lot more to it. That is great to learn.

    That is a good tip about needing an ability to observe in order to draw!

    Please have a great week too.

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    1. Thanks so much, YC. And I think it could be fun to talk names for a while. Or how different artists approached it (or not) and heard that Thomas Kinkade hid his wife’s name into his paintings – but he had to write down where they were at or he would forget it. I also like how C. Booth Farcus (noted in a December post) started to sign, date, and give titles to some of his works. He made so many and I just love how he did that, but I am sure it would not work for everyone.

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  2. The flamingo was interesting because of it’s incompleteness. And dont shoot me but if you ignore the beak, doesnt it remind you of an onion? 😀 Ah well, that’s just me being me…The glass dress was an eye opener! I would have loved to see her (or you!) wear it- have a great day 🙂

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    1. Hi DawD – I never really saw it that way – but without the head it does change the look completely – and that is super fun to think about.
      Cara was super nice… and she signed a small piece that I bought that night….

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  3. I like the flamingo. It uses those kind of rough, sweeping brushstrokes that look so masterly in the hands of real artists and like paint stains when I tried them in high school. I never tried making a glass dress at high school, but my suspicion is Cara DiMassimo might have the edge on me in that kind of art too.

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    1. ha – yes, I think Cara has a niche of working with hot glass. She has a nice art school and small business. Quite a role model for artists finding a way to teach and do their thing.

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  4. What a bundle of information and eye treats! I love this. Everything is so beautiful (except, of course, the news clippings from Plantation in ’93). I used to have somewhat of a crush on Baryshnikov after watching White Knights! LOL! So much talent and beauty packed into one post. I really do like the flamingo watercolor!

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    1. Oh thanks for the nice comment, Linda.
      And I was wondering if you miss Florida or is still GA bliss?

      and I recall that White Knights movie….
      but my favorite thing from Baryshnikov is this quote of his.
      I have lost it – but the essence of it has stayed with me and i have used it to help counsel folks at times – or I used to – because in the 90’s I had like ten “go to” quotes that seemed to come up a lot.

      anyhow, Baryshnikov said something about seeing someone do a certain job and he would envy or desire to do that work. Yet, he would embrace what his life pursuit was about – and Linda, it was the “wrestling” that was the best part. Here we have this talented pro – sharing about how his mind can sometimes long for more – or different – and it was a quote about being human and maybe having to choose contented thoughts….


  5. What an interesting post. I love the first painting. Signing our paintings is similar. I have friends who don’t care if their pictures are used. Some don’t worry about it because the pictures are resized and poor quality if reduced. I waffle. Do you watermark all your photos?

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        1. that has a nice credence –
          and I probably could have written you back right away – but I was mobile and was not sure what post you were commenting on at the time. And I am mixed about adding a logo to the photos – I think sometimes it can ruin a photo – but then other times I think in our culture we are conditioned to expect a watermark and then block it out – like the cartoon stock images have that huge square in the middle.
          how do you feel about folks using your pics – and do you watermark all or some?

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        2. I process them in Photoshop to make them smaller to take up less space so my site loads faster. In the processing I add a watermark with my name, or someone else’s name if they created the photo with my camera. Watermarks in the middle of cartoons protect them from being stolen, and are absolutely necessary. I am not famous. If someone borrows mine, I might never know it. Terri has a great article on her website that I’m reblogging on Sunday. She is giving away her photos. Someday I may take the time to create a file to do that, but I haven’t yet. If someone does use my picture, I appreciate a heads up. 🙂

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        3. well thanks for sharing – and can you do me a favor – can you come back and drop the link to your sunday post in a comment here – I will be on the road and it will help me to have the link – but I really want to see it.
          you are so good at promoting other bloggers – ! 🙂

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  6. Love the flamingo!! Especially the intended incompleteness feeling of it as I always think that the viewer has to complete every piece of art by watching it. Art is a dialogue in my mind and many great artists can depict things with only a few lines or strokes and the image is stunning and doesn’t need more. To stop working on a painting or drawing before you draw it to death is one of the most important lessons I’ve learned.
    The glass art is sooo impressive and I’d love to at least try the dress once 😉 xxxxxx

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    1. Hi Miss G – yes, trying on the dress would be fun, but I prefer more conservative outfits, even if made of glass…. ha!
      and omg – I have seen some of my talented students overwork a piece to where it made me sad because it was ruined. This young lady, T, once touched up a piece to overdo it completely.
      “before you draw it to death”

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  7. Good afternoon, Yvette.

    I love the flamingo painting, including it’s incompleteness 😉 I like strokes that are free.

    After reading your post, I like Chihuly more than before 😉 Mayo Clinic has some of his works hanging from the ceiling. Every time I walked by that area, I wondered what I had missed. 😉 Don’t get me wrong. I don’t dislike them; I am just not liking it as much as many others (or as much as I think I should).

    Have a great day.


      1. So glad you were able to check her out…. she has quite an original flair with what I call “heavy drawing” – and not all artists seem to have that.


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