Monday, January 17, 2011

The Glass Maker's Art

Patiently Waiting for Flowers  8x8 oil by Shirley Fachilla
 
In my home town of Nashville, we had a Chihuly summer of glass. Dale Chihuly is perhaps the foremost glass artist in the world today. He has a prodigious output and a marvelous sense of invention which is never stuffy or staid. Though it may sound like coals to Newcastle, Chihuly glass has in past years decorated the canals of Venice. In 2010, it decorated Nashville.
His glass was part of the stage set for Nashville Opera's  Bluebeard's Castle; it was on display in the Frist Art Center; and it decorated the ponds, gardens and mansion of the Tennessee Botanical Gardens at Cheekwood. We lined up to see his work lit up in the gardens during the summer nights.
Glass making requires, for many of its steps, quite a bit of physical strength. To get an idea of how much strength, you might read  Through a Glass Darkly by Donna Leon. It's a contemporary mystery set on the island of Murano where Venetian glass has been made for centuries.
Patiently Waiting for Flowers has as its subject a tiny hand-blown glass vase. The vase isn't in the style of Chihuly but is hand-made and beautiful all the same.

14 comments:

  1. Love the colors in the glass. I am very partial to bright colors. Love it!

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  2. Great composition. Strong highlights. We had a Chihuly exhibit here in Colorado Springs 5 years ago. It was incredible!

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  3. Lovely painting of beautiful glass!

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  4. Thank you, Michelle, Pam and Dana.
    Chihuly's works were beautiful in the day and in the gardens at twilight they were gorgeous.

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  5. That is just lovely! I especially enjoy the reflective colors! Beautiful!

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  6. Simply beautiful colors captured in the glass bottle. Lovely painting, Shirley!

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  7. Thank you Susan and Judy. This represents my third attempt with this vase. The first two were wipe-offs.

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  8. Shirley, love the painting, and also the educational aspects of your posts. Always very interesting.

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  9. Beautiful, Shirley. Wonderful painterly feel.

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  10. Thank you, Carol. I usually learn something new when I research each one.
    Thank you much, Diane.
    And thank you, Don. Painterly! I love it!

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  11. Your work is beautiful Shirley. I enjoyed visiting and thanks you so much for visiting my blog and commenting.
    I appreciate you time.

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  12. Beautiful softness to your painting.

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  13. I'm delighted to have found your blog, Doreen. Love the exotic (to me) birds from Down Under that you portray so beautifully.

    Thank you, Karen. The portrait series that you're doing now is absolutely fabulous.

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