New Pastel

It feels good to be back in the studio  … Stage 1 Stage 2 … haven’t ruined it yet Stage 3 Done or close to it … gotta stop before I ruin it … though that bank of trees on the left is too uniform … Had to change the structure of the painting – original layout wasn’t strong enough Continue reading New Pastel

The Glass Island

Glass making oven in Murano Italy

In 1291 all the glass makers in Venice were forced to move to Murano due to the risk of fires at a time when Venice was built mostly with wood.  The island of Murano, now famous for its glass, lies about 1.5 km north of Venice.  The glass makers of Murano held a monopoly on high-quality glassmaking for centuries.

The glass is made from silica, which becomes liquid at high temperatures.  The oven is heated to about Continue reading “The Glass Island”