Monday, November 2, 2009

Backgrounds For Your Website

Check out the fantastic new tiled backgrounds for your website at Way Cool Backgrounds. Use in your blogs, websites, myspace pages etc.

Design Your Own Pattern

Designing Patterns Workshop
Sunday Nov. 22 11:00-4:00 $59
We are delighted to welcome back Chantal Paré. Chantal has published stained glass pattern books (Orchids in Stained Glass) and is a well know designer of stained glass patterns available through several web sites on-line. So who better than Chantal to give a workshop on designing your own original patterns. Chantal will communicate first with students by e-mail and then participants send photos, designs, portraits which then can be translated into stained glass. Benefit from years of design experience. A fascinating workshop not to be missed!

Monday, September 28, 2009

Fillo Family Wins Thistle Panel

The panel was made with the assistance of several volunteers from Beaconsfield as part of the "Journées de la Culture." The panel was not quite finished at the end of the "marathon" event. Michelle Janis from the cultural services drew the winning ballot, the Fillo family being the lucky winners.

Thistle Pattern

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Stained Glass Demo at "Journées de la Culture"

I'll be giving a stained glass demo at Centennial Hall in Beaconsfield for the Journées de la Culture, in the afternoon. I hope for clement weather!

I will be making this Thistle Pattern with the help of two high school art students. It will be a marathon!

The piece will be drawn among the visitors at the end of the day. I'll be preparing contest forms!

Stained Glass Pattern Templates Now Available

I teach a stained glass design class, and the students seem to enjoy enjoy working with the templates I provide them with. On account of the enthusiasm, I am making my templates available to the public:

Stained Glass Pattern Templates

These templates will allow you to frame your subjects attractively with shapes that are even, geometric, and symmetrical without you having to worry about all the rotation and calculations required to achieve those results.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Glass Cutting and Design Classes in Montreal

How to Cut Difficult Glass
Saturday 17th October 13:00 – 14:30 Free!
Everyone can benefit from this seminar! Chantal, (of Orchids in Stained Glass fame) will be hosting this new seminar. Certain of the more exotic glass, such as Uroborus or Bullseye or Youghigheny can make all the difference in a project. Instead of feeling fearful, or running out to buy a glass saw, learn how to conquer the most difficult of glass. Chantal will teach you tricks to cut every type of glass with nothing but your glass cutter, giving you the confidence to include some beautiful art glass without being worried of wasting expensive and beautiful glass.

Glass Painting Classes in Pointe-Claire

I will be giving glass painting classes in Pointe-Claire's brand new Viva Vida Art Gallery.

The format is 10 weekly 2.5 hour classes beginning Sept 23.

There are two sessions. One is on Tuesdays mornings, 9:30-12:00 AM, and the other on Thurday evenings, 7:00-9:30 PM.

To register, please contact Nedia at (514) 694-1110.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Stained Glass Patterns for Glass Painting

There are few patterns on the market that are targeted at craftspersons that are proficient with glass painting techniques.

Now in possession of a brand new kiln, I expect to be able to provide the public with stained glass painting patterns.

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Fun Webmaster Tools

Hex color code table in alphanumerical order and reverse hex color code lookup tool.

If you encounter a hex color code while altering someone else's html, CSS or other source, plug it in the table and immediately view the color in question. This tool is invaluable when skinning forums, for instance.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Michael Jackson & Farrah Fawcett

Thriller was his best album.

Farrah Fawcett was, by all accounts, a beautiful person inside and out.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Four artist exhibit at Espace Verre, Montreal

Espace VERRE is exhibiting works from 4 glass artists: Jennifer Bennett, Rose Grégoire, Nathalie Hillman and Maxime Vaillancourt.

The exhibit is held at the Gallery, from February 26 to May 1, with a vernissage on Thursday, February 26 from 18h to 20h. RSVP: 514-933-6849. The Gallery is open to the public M-F 9h to 17h.
Jaune D'Argent, located in Cressat, France, offers introductory stained glass courses that include Dalle de verre, which is now rarely taught anywhere.

Jaune d'Argent also offers classes in glass painting, and glass fusion.

Each program includes 35 hours of instructions.

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Friday, January 23, 2009

Michelle and Barack Obama's Inaugural Dance

This pattern is too large to feature here, but since it's very topical, I thought I might drop a note about it!

The pattern can be found at Michelle and Barack Obama's Inauguration Dance.

Below is a color preview:

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Red Deer College Series 2009

At last, Red Deer College's course list for Serie 2009 is out. The College, located North of Calgary, offers a summer session covering nearly all of the glass arts. It is inexpensive for Canadians compared to other schools priced in US dollars, and competitive for Americans on account of a favorable exchange rate.

Follow the link to see the full list: Hot Glass Serie 2009

Also available are introductory and intermediate stained glass class.

Marilyn Monroe

Another Hollywood icon, Marilyn Monroe!

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Montreal Glass Courses

Interested in taking courses in the glass arts in Montreal? Espace Verre has wonderful facilities and expert teachers that are true artists.

Check out their course menu here.

All the classes I have taken there have been OUTSTANDING! I am happy to give my personal recommendation.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Peter Schiff

When Peter Schiff speaks, I listen. Here's why: check out this Youtube video: Youtube Montage. He's been right on the money since 2002. You might be interested in this other video montage of Schiff vs. Hank Paulson. For his most recent commentary, check his EuroPacific Newsletter regularly.

Saturday, January 10, 2009

How to frame your panel in zinc came

New content on my instructional website, Art Of Stained Glass! If you are a hobbyist wishing for a professional look for your panels but do not want to invest in fancy equipment, check out the two pages of instructions: Zinc Framing, page 1 and Zinc Framing, page 2.

I had some scraps of waterglass that I never used, as well as a piece of practice glass painting from the 'Trace and Texture' class I took with the amazing Deborah Coombs in 2008. I quickly assembled the very simple project below. All the stars lined up for me to prepare the zinc framing tutorial!

Friday, January 9, 2009

Oriental Shorthair

Below is Olive, my second and newest niece. She's still a kitten, but she fetches with astounding reliability! She belongs to my lucky sister-in-law, hello Suzie!!!

Monday, January 5, 2009

Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

Time flies - the First Lady died a long time ago. She will always be remembered for being dignified and classy.

Sunday, January 4, 2009


I'm so hip. How hip am I? I know what Cthulhu is. This is my own original interpretation of Cthulhu: