Thursday, December 19, 2013

Park City and back...

We created 3 chandeliers for a client in Park City Utah – and we are just back from the delivery.

In an earlier post, I had mentioned 'lighting photos will follow, and here they are. Those pieces that were on our work tables lately - now done and hung!...


Beautiful time of year to visit Park City. This barn is one of our favorite "landmarks" -


AND - While we were in the area, we stopped by a past client’s home and took some photos of our lighting installed. This was a project we delivered a couple years ago.

It's always great to have photos with our lighting when the home is 'complete and lived in'. It's important to us that our lighting has a warm welcoming glow that sets the mood for the space. I think it's most evident with the interiors completed and furnished....

Such a privilege to add beauty to peoples lives... we strive for that through both our art and our lighting. It's a wonderful feeling to see our work being enjoyed! 

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Work Hard, Play Hard

We’ve been working hard lately…

On my work table (and in John’s workshop, too) are 3 large chandeliers that are just about completed - no idle hands here! (Photos will be taken very soon - stay tuned.)

On my easel are wildlife sketches and painting studies that I’ve been creating as references for my larger more complex studio paintings. Those larger paintings I have roughly blocked in and strewn throughout my studio at the moment - to be completed over this winter. But now I’m taking the time to work out references and study possible animal positions and anatomy for those paintings - An important step that is all too easy to blast right through…and regret later. Slow and steady, do the necessary work, put in the effort and the results will shine. At least that’s what I’m hoping J

Today, I did a graphite sketch of a raven at the Yellowstone Heritage and Research Center.
Raven sketch in graphite 
 by Shirl Ireland

I've also sketched a green winged towhee, painted a elk calf study and a great grey owl study at the Yellowstone Heritage and Research Center lately. Like I said, no idle hands here!...
Green winged towhee sketch in graphite
by Shirl Ireland

Elk calf study in oil
by Shirl Ireland

Great grey owl study in oil
by Shirl Ireland

 Now, it’s time to play hard….

Thursday December 5th is the Gardiner Christmas Stroll from 5 to 8 pm. We’ll have the Gallery opened with wine and chocolate AND offer great prices on our table lamps to ‘brighten up’ your Holidays.

Friday December 6th is the reception for the “Small Gems” Show at the Livingston Art Center from 5pm  to 8 pm on Main Street in Livingston Montana. I have paintings in the Show, John has sculpture and together we have table lamps too. (See the preview of our work in my last post.) The reception coincides with the Livingston Art Walk, so it should be a fun night.

Hope you can make the fun to see some of our hard work.