Yes, one of the greatest things about my job is the lovely people you get to meet! They wander into my studio to view and appraise, sometimes purchase and sometimes commission. I love the chat. Their stories are fantastic and the commissions I get are second to none.
Lynne walked into my shed a couple of months ago after Peter, my old tutor, had pointed her in my direction. Turns out Lynne is one very special lady. She is one of those individuals that moves people; inspires people….leaves an impression on you. She’s extraordinary.
Lynne is making a commemorative panel for a friend of hers and she wanted a little help from me with some painted sections that would form a centre-piece. They would be circular in shape and should include the motifs of a Robin and Bluebells and, a Hummingbird and Daffodil.
I came up with some nice compositions then built up the images using layers of vitreous paint on pale green cathedral glass. The pieces were fired and then came the tricky bit….adding colour using enamels. My experience is this department was slim and I was worried about spoiling what I had already created. But I stuck to the manual and tested and tested and tested.
(Oh and i realised the importance of testing!…….peely-custard or what!!)
Once I was happy, and Lynne too, I set to adding the final touches – a brush of colour here and there and w-hey, they worked!
See what I mean, she’s an inspiration.