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.