I just finished editing a new time-lapse painting video of my painting Earthly. Sometimes I set up the camera and film my pours but it usually takes me months to get around to editing. I love watching them when it’s all said and done. Weeks worth of work colapsed into 6 minutes.
The painting is 36 x 60 inches on stretched and primed canvas and currently on view in my show Fluent at the Mezzanine Gallery in the Carvel State Office Building, Wilmington, DE.
You are invited to my upcoming exhibition at the Mezzanine Gallery in Wilmington, DE. The opening reception is Friday, November 4th, 5-7 pm.
I am a recipient of a fellowship in Painting through the Delaware Division of the Arts. I was interviewed by Christopher Yasiejko and here’s an except of his article:
Linda Celestian’s love of water harkens to her childhood, when her father owned a 31-foot Richardson boat. They had a spot on a marina near her grandparents’ summer home. During her father’s annual two-week summer vacation, the family of five — Celestian has two sisters — would trace the Finger Lakes of Central New York on a boat whose dining room table converted into a bed.
That half-dozen years of summers spent afloat, Celestian learned to pay attention to the nature that surrounds her. As a full-time artist (and part-time art teacher) who’s been painting for 30 years, all of her senses inform her work.
You can read the article in it’s entirety here.
My paintings and works on glass will be displayed for the month of November. Here’s a video sneak peek of what I’ll be showing.
I wasn’t sure if it would be overkill to show some of my silk sculptures with paintings and glass but I think I might sneak a few in.
So I’m off to the studio to finish a fiber piece before my install date. I hope to see some old and new friends at the opening.
I’m showing some of my fiber sculptures at Highlands Art Garage in Wilmington this month. This space also houses Barrel of Makers and a classroom where I teach. It’s always fun to see the sculptures in a new space.
Thanks to everyone who came out on first Friday. If you are still interested in seeing the show stop in on the next 2 Saturdays anytime from 10-2:30 pm. I also have a Felting Workshop happening on Thursday Oct. 20th, 6-9 pm where I’ll be teaching participants how to make a felted coaster and a bowl. you can register online here.
The 2-week course I took at the Corning Museum of Glass with Denise Stillwaggon Leone was amazing! She was so generous with her time and so patient with us. We had a great class of 6 people along with a wonderful teacher’s assistant Cat Burns to help us along our journey. The journey started by learning a new language. Enamels, frits, sandblasting, hi-fire, low-fire, fusing and cold working were some of the things we were learning. The very first day we learned stage sand blasting and I completed this piece.
I was not completely thrilled with the finished product but I got the concept and could see the possibilities. We were given a 3/4 inch thick piece of glass and I worked on this piece for the next week and a half.
I finished it literally in the last few minutes of work time we had. First I thought I had ruined the piece by inadvertantly passing the sand blasting nozzle over an area that was supposed to stay untouched. Well mistakes can also be opportunities and this accident opened the door for me to loosen up the piece by giving it a few more gentle passes with the sandblasting nozzle in a few different areas. I would love to have more time to explore the possibilities of this technique the results are so sensual.
I was sand blasting pretty much every day!
The second day we were instructed to find some things to print. I gathered as many natural elements as I could find outside and another student found me a feather. Thank you Beth for your keen eye. We printed with water based ink and then re-scaled the prints on a copier. After they were printed on a transparency we used a light sensitive film to make a stencil that was stuck to the glass. Then came the sand blasting and like magic the details of the print were engraved into the glass. Here is my first one.
We were able to fill it with powdered enamel and fire it to give it color. The process is magical and I decided to use the feather in the stack that we eventually worked on. We also photo sand blasted a halftone photograph onto glass. Here’s my mushroom gills, at the top you see the half tone photo printed on a transparency and the bottom image is it sand blasted on glass. It’s photographed with black paper behind it.
I decided to give it a painterly treatment with silver stain. I wanted it to feel like an old damaged photo.
We learned some painting techniques as well. Here’s one example.
Our next project was a piece we called a stack that was going to be 8 layers of glass fused together. I made my own colored glass with fruit which is powder glass that was sifted in layers onto the glass and then fired.
This is called a frit wafer that is made by sifting powdered glass onto kiln shelf paper. After firing, it can be layered into the stack.
This is how they looked before they were stacked and fired.
Here’s my finished stack.
I learned a lot working on this piece. With the time we had left I worked on a few other pieces using my own photographs and continuing the nature theme.
I’ll be showing some of these pieces at my up-coming show in November at the Mezzanine Gallery , in the Carvel State Office Building in Wilmington, DE. This amazing opportunity was made possible through a grant from the Delaware Division of the Arts.
I’m packing up for an art adventure. I’ll be visiting my family in upstate NY and then taking a 2 week course called Luminous Graphics at the Corning Museum of Glass. Yes, I’m pinching myself. I’ll be learning photo sandblasting and other techniques for layering images in glass. The image above is a painting on layers of acetate as preparat
Thank you to the Delaware Division of the Arts for their support in the form of an individual artist fellowship grant in painting. Here’s a link to my interview page on their site.
I’ll be sharing short updates on my Linda Celestian Facebook page and on Instagram if you want to follow along.
It’s a dream come true for me to have 2 weeks to work in glass!
Whenever I’m in Philly I try to get to the Snyderman – Works Galleries on 303 Cherry Street in Old City. I somehow missed their fiber show, what a shame. I did come upon some ceramic works by Mary Fischer that were captivating. She makes these beautiful little structures with glazed wonky line work on all the joints and other details that make them look like drawings. I love how she makes 3 dimensional objects read as little sketches from an artist’s sketchbook. It’s probably a lot of work to make things not square but have them meet up just right so they hold together. These pieces are included in the show called Edifice that is up through May 11th.