Hello all! Â I’ve been meaning to share this piece with you, but time got away from me. Â (You’ll know why in a moment!) Â It was designed as an anniversary gift for a couple in Alaska, where I can imagine the wildlife is spectacular. Â The request was for a raven-inspired piece that incorporated copper (traditional 7th anniversary gift), but kept the predominant color a deep blue. Â
I did a lot of drawing, and thumbed through one of my favorite art books on Louis Comfort Tiffany. Â He is a master of line and shape, and the linear quality of his stained glass leading inspired the fluid copper lines. Â I used tracing paper to simplify the image and make the design more efficient.
As I glued the pieces down, there was a moment when things took a really beautiful turn ~ the patina on the copper became a sunset behind the silhouette. Â I hope to recreate this version in the future. Â In the meantime, I was lucky enough to have a sunny day and fresh batteries in the camera.
As the Crow Flies part II (or, we bought a house!)
In other news, we bought a house!! Â It was a bit of a surprise, as we weren’t expecting to be able to look seriously until January. Â But a lifetime of frugal living (and according to our lender, the credit rating of an 85 year old) paid off, and we are quite literally buying the house of our dreams. Â After countless evenings curled up on the couch stalking it via online realty apps, we were able to secure the financing necessary to see it in person, and had an accepted offer within a few days. Â We’re slated to move the end of next month :)
It’s an old farmhouse, built in 1860, located in the beautiful wine country of Ohio. Â The owners took great care to preserve the original character, but updated everything. Â It has a gorgeous kitchen (note sliding barn door, likely reclaimed from a bank barn, now gone). Â It has seven acres, and its own natural gas well (free heat!) Â Oh, and did I mention a pavilion? Â Cause,Â a pavilion,Â right?
We know we’re totally spoiled — it’s more than we could have imagined. Â And we know that living in the Midwest means it costs as much as a closet in other cities. Â The only downside is that it is a bit off the beaten path,Â and working for yourself often means being by yourself, which can get a bit lonely sometimes. Â But soon we will be surrounded by chickens and dogs, and studios and barns, and before long, family and friends. Â
And hopefully you’ll soon be surrounded by loved ones as well ~
A very happy Thanksgiving to you and yours,Â