Wednesday, October 29, 2014


Two years are past and I have been perfecting my glass bead techniques. I really love the randomness of hot glass but at the same time strive to make perfect beads. But what really is a perfect it emotional attachment or visual? jb

Sunday, October 7, 2012

I'm working on getting these beautiful beads onto my Etsy Shop..and I'm teaching myself several new applications in order to do it. I'm posting a few shots of individual beads. The colors are so joyful. They are part of an Island series. These beads have a solid silver core and a 4mm hole. jb

Saturday, October 6, 2012


I have now come full circle. I started working with Glass early 1970 and made a career designing and fabricating leaded and stained glass windows. Now I'm working with hot glass designing and fabricating glass and silver beads. Out of, easily, 500 beads these 35 made the cut! What? I'm taking a big leap and designing an Etsy Shop. Keep you posted. jb

Monday, November 29, 2010


Hiking up on property in Green Valley one can look south and locate the second morro in a string of seven, Morro Rock, with the Bay and Los Osos beyond.
My gallery mates pushed me to have a show and get with it, so I did, and I thank you all for the push. Left on my own, I'd still be on the lounge contemplating how blue blue blue the California sky really is. jb 2010

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Can You Believe I'm Still Here?

Hey Old Friends,
It has been just about a year since last posted! For those of you who wrote and called, thank you so much for keeping up with me. For those friends who thought I dropped off the face of the earth... I did..sort of. I'm just now climbing up out of the hell hole known to me as Valley Fever; hospitalized for two months and recovering 1 year ever since. It wasn't pretty and there are missing brain cells so if I owe anyone anything, commission, etc. Please do call or write. It's entirely possible I've overlooked work for you.
This is the first work I've painted since 2009 and it's a do-over at that. I'm back working in the studio now. Thanks for all your encouragements, everyone. jb

Tuesday, September 29, 2009


SillyGurl will not participate in the morning dog walk unless she gets a treat. This is her classic pose; sits there and waits until she gets her own way. I'm trying to move fast through some candid dog paintings but I'm experimenting with the techniques to capture very curly-haired coats. I overworked this a bit again.jb

Monday, September 28, 2009


We have seen this girl before, my sister's dog, LATTE. She needed a clean-up of eye hairs as per Mrs. Waller! I always dread going back in to touch up. I have that habit of painting way too much and overdoing it. I have six thousand brush strokes in this painting, so many overlayers. I went back to look at the blog of a painter I'm knocked out by, Carol Marine, and counted her brushstrokes on her latest work....25 maybe. I must get back to her basics. jb


I have never seen or met this pup in person; painted from a photo, so I hope I've done this pooch justice. Another 6x6 for the Open Studio Tour in Los Osos, San Luis Obispo County, October 17 & 18.

Thursday, September 17, 2009


This little cupcake is my entry into Different Strokes From Different Folks blog by Karin Jurick (Check side links) but I didnt finish it in time to meet the deadline, so I posted it unfinished, in my eyes anyway. I'm in slow motion lately; everything is a long labor. Look for a re-post down the line. jb

Monday, September 14, 2009


Hi, Havah! Finally finished your painting. We are all so lonesome for you to come back. Pup goes,"Where is that kid?..where's the kid?...where's the kid? love, GeGe.