Has my love for flowers blinded me to the beauty of foliage? Art Elements September Challenge

I was reading Art Elements Blog last month and saw that the September Challenge was to create art using Foliage. I love all of God’s creations and have been thinking about foliage and the varieties and beauty of it. Some of you may know that the reason my mosaic business is named Flower Floozy Designs is because I am so crazy for flowers and color. I belong to a group of gardening ladies who call ourselves the Planters Nuts. Most of them have lots of shade and have been very much into foliage for years. I always made a beeline for the flowers at the nurseries so they teased me that I was a Flower Floozy. It’s true! But lately I have been making a conscious effort to look at foliage to appreciate the beauty in the leaves. I accomplished a few things this month with foliage and looked back through my previous projects for a few more examples of foliage to share with you.

Here is my most recent project. I am still learning the ins and outs of my new kiln so I made these small leaf dishes that can be used as soap dishes, ring dishes, or outside in the garden to hold water for the birds. The dishes were made using a leaf from the garden as a pattern for the pottery. After they were fired, I mosaiced the leaf dishes with stained glass and grouted.

Here are a few other past projects that I made highlighting the greenery, leaves and foliage.

Art Elements has organized a group of artists who are all spotlighting foliage this month. Check out these other amazing artists. Click on the name and it will take you to their pages.

Art Elements Theme

Guests

Dawn

Allison

Hope

Beth & Evie

Laurie

Kathy

Sarajo

Michelle

Divya

Tammy

Me – Karen

Alysen

Mary

Cat

Jill

Sarah

Anita

I hope you have as much fun checking out all of the different ways that foliage is interpreted in art. I am now super inspired to go create more foliage art and to study it more closely.

In the Garden

I recently sold one of my favorite windows I have completed. It was based on the old hymn, “In the Garden”. My favorite parts of that hymn are the lines, “I go to the garden alone, while the dew is still on the roses…and He walks with me and He talks with me, and He tells me I am His own. And the joy we share as we tarry there, none other has ever known”. This is my version of that garden.

True Love – Chase and Charlotte

I recently completed this pet portrait of 2 of my favorite dogs. Chase, the Beagle/Basset Mix, was the soulmate of our Shepherd mix Jezebel. Chase and Jezebel spent many years running and playing together. Sadly both of them have now crossed the rainbow bridge. Now, Fred has a new love Charlotte. Charlotte is the beauty in the foreground of this portrait. We no longer live across the street from each other but Charlotte comes to stay with us often and she and our Millie are now soul sisters. I love seeing the second generation of best dog buddies. Fred’s mother commissioned this portrait of Chase and Charlotte for Fred’s birthday. What joy it brought me to bring these 2 loves of mine to life in glass.

Piccolo Spoleto Fine Craft Show – Charleston -5/31 – 6/2

How hot is too hot?? Well, we made it through the first 4 days with 100 degree plus weather. Come out and visit me this weekend Friday May 31 – Sunday June 2. We are in Wragg Square in beautiful downtown Charleston. Wragg Square is at the corner of Meeting Street and Charlotte Street, near the Charleston Visitors Center. I would love to have you come by and visit me. It is supposed to be a little cooler this weekend. We are in the shade of gorgeous Live Oaks.

Christmas Commission 3, 4 and 5

I did 3 pet commissions of dogs this year. As most of you know, this is probably my favorite thing to create because I love dogs so much. I finished a horse portrait for the first time so I will show you that one in a couple of days and have 2 beautiful Himalayan cats to complete in January.

Here are Bailey and Bentley – a Doodle and a Yorkie mix

Here is another Bailey. This Bailey is a very sweet female Irish Setter doodle. I had never seen one of these but she has more of the beautiful red in her ears and in her beard.

And lastly, this is sweet Paisley, who is a Border Collie. She was laying down and giving her mom her sweet, come play with me look.

Christmas Commission Reveal 2

Here is another fun piece that I made for another mom. She is going to hang this above her kitchen bar between the kitchen and the family room. I worked with her son and granddaughter to come up with a pink dogwood branch. This piece is 12 inches high by 36 inches long.

This photo is with the light coming in behind it.

This is a not great photo of it without the light behind it.