My Modest Beginning
The Stained Glass Garden has decided to feature me as artist of the month this October, so not only will my works be displayed there but there will also be a small reception type thing at the place, with some food and wine! If you are in the area you should stop by, say hi, and steal some grapes. The event runs from 5 to 7pm this October 3rd, Friday, and will happen at the Stained Glass Garden shop in Berkeley. It would be great to meet you all!

Somehow my feet always end up in most of my shots. Oh well.

My Modest Beginning
The Stained Glass Garden has decided to feature me as artist of the month this October, so not only will my works be displayed there but there will also be a small reception type thing at the place, with some food and wine! If you are in the area you should stop by, say hi, and steal some grapes. The event runs from 5 to 7pm this October 3rd, Friday, and will happen at the Stained Glass Garden shop in Berkeley. It would be great to meet you all! Somehow my feet always end up in most of my shots. Oh well.

Soldering SAGA! …at very high speed. This is a compressed version of 12 minutes of work - people on the interwebs seemed interested in how the process happens, so I filmed a short part of it to show you! All of the pieces are first “tacked” - which means that they are joined by small beads of solder such that they do not shift or move while you work on the long seams. The stuff I’m painting on is flux, which greatly improved the fluidity of the melted metal solder (60% Lead, 40% Tin). 

I haven’t posted in a while… Working on a commission right now, as a matter of fact! So in the meantime, here I am soldering Carol at the studio. 

I haven’t posted in a while… Working on a commission right now, as a matter of fact! So in the meantime, here I am soldering Carol at the studio. 

The Midas Flesh - bound! A short story in 8 issues, with awesome characters and a really cool ending (which, myself being a scientist, made me very happy). Also talking Engineer Dinosaurs! 
I printed the cover onto canvas this time (thank you FedEx for cheating me out of 1/4” on one side, angry face), thinking it would be flexible yet durable. Unfortunately creasing the material causes the paint layer to break and show the white canvas underneath. Disappointed, but lesson learned. 
Also I totally fell in love with that cover art and didn’t even notice that it was going to be the cover for the trade. Derp. 
Zoom Info
The Midas Flesh - bound! A short story in 8 issues, with awesome characters and a really cool ending (which, myself being a scientist, made me very happy). Also talking Engineer Dinosaurs! 
I printed the cover onto canvas this time (thank you FedEx for cheating me out of 1/4” on one side, angry face), thinking it would be flexible yet durable. Unfortunately creasing the material causes the paint layer to break and show the white canvas underneath. Disappointed, but lesson learned. 
Also I totally fell in love with that cover art and didn’t even notice that it was going to be the cover for the trade. Derp. 
Zoom Info

The Midas Flesh - bound! A short story in 8 issues, with awesome characters and a really cool ending (which, myself being a scientist, made me very happy). Also talking Engineer Dinosaurs! 

I printed the cover onto canvas this time (thank you FedEx for cheating me out of 1/4” on one side, angry face), thinking it would be flexible yet durable. Unfortunately creasing the material causes the paint layer to break and show the white canvas underneath. Disappointed, but lesson learned. 

Also I totally fell in love with that cover art and didn’t even notice that it was going to be the cover for the trade. Derp. 

jackviolet:

One of the things that is really notable about Moscow and yet not many people outside Russia know about, is how gorgeous the Moscow metro is.
These photos? That’s what the metro stations look like.
Yeah.
They’re called the “People’s palaces of Moscow” or else “Underground palaces,” and they were built during the Soviet era on the Communist idea that art and beauty should belong to the people rather than only being available in the houses of nobles.
These photos show just some of the metro’s attractions. There are many more mosaics, statues, etc, placed throughout.
And the metro is always this clean.
In addition to being beautiful, it is incredibly functional. It gets you pretty much everywhere in Moscow, and the trains run at intervals of every three minutes or less. At peak times, they run every 90 seconds. You never have to worry about missing a train, because the next one will come almost immediately.
Not always of course. In the late evening or early morning hours, you may have to wait as long as five whole minutes for a train. They’re also super easy to navigate.
We Russians are pretty proud of our metro system.
Zoom Info
jackviolet:

One of the things that is really notable about Moscow and yet not many people outside Russia know about, is how gorgeous the Moscow metro is.
These photos? That’s what the metro stations look like.
Yeah.
They’re called the “People’s palaces of Moscow” or else “Underground palaces,” and they were built during the Soviet era on the Communist idea that art and beauty should belong to the people rather than only being available in the houses of nobles.
These photos show just some of the metro’s attractions. There are many more mosaics, statues, etc, placed throughout.
And the metro is always this clean.
In addition to being beautiful, it is incredibly functional. It gets you pretty much everywhere in Moscow, and the trains run at intervals of every three minutes or less. At peak times, they run every 90 seconds. You never have to worry about missing a train, because the next one will come almost immediately.
Not always of course. In the late evening or early morning hours, you may have to wait as long as five whole minutes for a train. They’re also super easy to navigate.
We Russians are pretty proud of our metro system.
Zoom Info
jackviolet:

One of the things that is really notable about Moscow and yet not many people outside Russia know about, is how gorgeous the Moscow metro is.
These photos? That’s what the metro stations look like.
Yeah.
They’re called the “People’s palaces of Moscow” or else “Underground palaces,” and they were built during the Soviet era on the Communist idea that art and beauty should belong to the people rather than only being available in the houses of nobles.
These photos show just some of the metro’s attractions. There are many more mosaics, statues, etc, placed throughout.
And the metro is always this clean.
In addition to being beautiful, it is incredibly functional. It gets you pretty much everywhere in Moscow, and the trains run at intervals of every three minutes or less. At peak times, they run every 90 seconds. You never have to worry about missing a train, because the next one will come almost immediately.
Not always of course. In the late evening or early morning hours, you may have to wait as long as five whole minutes for a train. They’re also super easy to navigate.
We Russians are pretty proud of our metro system.
Zoom Info
jackviolet:

One of the things that is really notable about Moscow and yet not many people outside Russia know about, is how gorgeous the Moscow metro is.
These photos? That’s what the metro stations look like.
Yeah.
They’re called the “People’s palaces of Moscow” or else “Underground palaces,” and they were built during the Soviet era on the Communist idea that art and beauty should belong to the people rather than only being available in the houses of nobles.
These photos show just some of the metro’s attractions. There are many more mosaics, statues, etc, placed throughout.
And the metro is always this clean.
In addition to being beautiful, it is incredibly functional. It gets you pretty much everywhere in Moscow, and the trains run at intervals of every three minutes or less. At peak times, they run every 90 seconds. You never have to worry about missing a train, because the next one will come almost immediately.
Not always of course. In the late evening or early morning hours, you may have to wait as long as five whole minutes for a train. They’re also super easy to navigate.
We Russians are pretty proud of our metro system.
Zoom Info
jackviolet:

One of the things that is really notable about Moscow and yet not many people outside Russia know about, is how gorgeous the Moscow metro is.
These photos? That’s what the metro stations look like.
Yeah.
They’re called the “People’s palaces of Moscow” or else “Underground palaces,” and they were built during the Soviet era on the Communist idea that art and beauty should belong to the people rather than only being available in the houses of nobles.
These photos show just some of the metro’s attractions. There are many more mosaics, statues, etc, placed throughout.
And the metro is always this clean.
In addition to being beautiful, it is incredibly functional. It gets you pretty much everywhere in Moscow, and the trains run at intervals of every three minutes or less. At peak times, they run every 90 seconds. You never have to worry about missing a train, because the next one will come almost immediately.
Not always of course. In the late evening or early morning hours, you may have to wait as long as five whole minutes for a train. They’re also super easy to navigate.
We Russians are pretty proud of our metro system.
Zoom Info
jackviolet:

One of the things that is really notable about Moscow and yet not many people outside Russia know about, is how gorgeous the Moscow metro is.
These photos? That’s what the metro stations look like.
Yeah.
They’re called the “People’s palaces of Moscow” or else “Underground palaces,” and they were built during the Soviet era on the Communist idea that art and beauty should belong to the people rather than only being available in the houses of nobles.
These photos show just some of the metro’s attractions. There are many more mosaics, statues, etc, placed throughout.
And the metro is always this clean.
In addition to being beautiful, it is incredibly functional. It gets you pretty much everywhere in Moscow, and the trains run at intervals of every three minutes or less. At peak times, they run every 90 seconds. You never have to worry about missing a train, because the next one will come almost immediately.
Not always of course. In the late evening or early morning hours, you may have to wait as long as five whole minutes for a train. They’re also super easy to navigate.
We Russians are pretty proud of our metro system.
Zoom Info
jackviolet:

One of the things that is really notable about Moscow and yet not many people outside Russia know about, is how gorgeous the Moscow metro is.
These photos? That’s what the metro stations look like.
Yeah.
They’re called the “People’s palaces of Moscow” or else “Underground palaces,” and they were built during the Soviet era on the Communist idea that art and beauty should belong to the people rather than only being available in the houses of nobles.
These photos show just some of the metro’s attractions. There are many more mosaics, statues, etc, placed throughout.
And the metro is always this clean.
In addition to being beautiful, it is incredibly functional. It gets you pretty much everywhere in Moscow, and the trains run at intervals of every three minutes or less. At peak times, they run every 90 seconds. You never have to worry about missing a train, because the next one will come almost immediately.
Not always of course. In the late evening or early morning hours, you may have to wait as long as five whole minutes for a train. They’re also super easy to navigate.
We Russians are pretty proud of our metro system.
Zoom Info
jackviolet:

One of the things that is really notable about Moscow and yet not many people outside Russia know about, is how gorgeous the Moscow metro is.
These photos? That’s what the metro stations look like.
Yeah.
They’re called the “People’s palaces of Moscow” or else “Underground palaces,” and they were built during the Soviet era on the Communist idea that art and beauty should belong to the people rather than only being available in the houses of nobles.
These photos show just some of the metro’s attractions. There are many more mosaics, statues, etc, placed throughout.
And the metro is always this clean.
In addition to being beautiful, it is incredibly functional. It gets you pretty much everywhere in Moscow, and the trains run at intervals of every three minutes or less. At peak times, they run every 90 seconds. You never have to worry about missing a train, because the next one will come almost immediately.
Not always of course. In the late evening or early morning hours, you may have to wait as long as five whole minutes for a train. They’re also super easy to navigate.
We Russians are pretty proud of our metro system.
Zoom Info
jackviolet:

One of the things that is really notable about Moscow and yet not many people outside Russia know about, is how gorgeous the Moscow metro is.
These photos? That’s what the metro stations look like.
Yeah.
They’re called the “People’s palaces of Moscow” or else “Underground palaces,” and they were built during the Soviet era on the Communist idea that art and beauty should belong to the people rather than only being available in the houses of nobles.
These photos show just some of the metro’s attractions. There are many more mosaics, statues, etc, placed throughout.
And the metro is always this clean.
In addition to being beautiful, it is incredibly functional. It gets you pretty much everywhere in Moscow, and the trains run at intervals of every three minutes or less. At peak times, they run every 90 seconds. You never have to worry about missing a train, because the next one will come almost immediately.
Not always of course. In the late evening or early morning hours, you may have to wait as long as five whole minutes for a train. They’re also super easy to navigate.
We Russians are pretty proud of our metro system.
Zoom Info

jackviolet:

One of the things that is really notable about Moscow and yet not many people outside Russia know about, is how gorgeous the Moscow metro is.

These photos? That’s what the metro stations look like.

Yeah.

They’re called the “People’s palaces of Moscow” or else “Underground palaces,” and they were built during the Soviet era on the Communist idea that art and beauty should belong to the people rather than only being available in the houses of nobles.

These photos show just some of the metro’s attractions. There are many more mosaics, statues, etc, placed throughout.

And the metro is always this clean.

In addition to being beautiful, it is incredibly functional. It gets you pretty much everywhere in Moscow, and the trains run at intervals of every three minutes or less. At peak times, they run every 90 seconds. You never have to worry about missing a train, because the next one will come almost immediately.

Not always of course. In the late evening or early morning hours, you may have to wait as long as five whole minutes for a train. They’re also super easy to navigate.

We Russians are pretty proud of our metro system.

I’m not superstitious, but this is getting weird

So my grandma calls me Friday night all the way from Russia to tell me that something weird has happened. A shelf with some ceramic heirlooms had fallen down, but the weird part was that the shelf was not… broken. It just fell. Some of the things broke, some of them didn’t, among which was an old porcelain statuette of the Tzaritza of the Copper Mountain. My grandmother, true to her superstitious Russian nature, took it as a bad omen and called me to find out if I was okay. 
And then last night the Bay Area got hit with a 6.0 Earthquake. 
My grandma is a witch.

For reference, the Mistress of the Copper Mountain is a main character in some Ural Russian folk tales. She is the guardian of the mountain’s ores and precious metals and only allows them to be found by people who please her. So…. yeah.

SAGA - COMPLETE
Here it is! The finished, patina’ed, cleaned and framed version of fionastaples's amazing cover. I hope it does it justice. It's made of a combination of translucent and opaque glass, which might have been a mistake… It looks nice without light behind it, but then the sky appears to be dark. But maybe Alana is sneaking out on her night shift to read under the light of the moons? I really like the backlit version too, but it loses the skin color detail. But then it has the advantage of looking nice both at night and during the day. There is no paint on this one! All the lines you see a solder lines. 
20x30 inches, about 170 individual pieces of glass
Zoom Info
SAGA - COMPLETE
Here it is! The finished, patina’ed, cleaned and framed version of fionastaples's amazing cover. I hope it does it justice. It's made of a combination of translucent and opaque glass, which might have been a mistake… It looks nice without light behind it, but then the sky appears to be dark. But maybe Alana is sneaking out on her night shift to read under the light of the moons? I really like the backlit version too, but it loses the skin color detail. But then it has the advantage of looking nice both at night and during the day. There is no paint on this one! All the lines you see a solder lines. 
20x30 inches, about 170 individual pieces of glass
Zoom Info
SAGA - COMPLETE
Here it is! The finished, patina’ed, cleaned and framed version of fionastaples's amazing cover. I hope it does it justice. It's made of a combination of translucent and opaque glass, which might have been a mistake… It looks nice without light behind it, but then the sky appears to be dark. But maybe Alana is sneaking out on her night shift to read under the light of the moons? I really like the backlit version too, but it loses the skin color detail. But then it has the advantage of looking nice both at night and during the day. There is no paint on this one! All the lines you see a solder lines. 
20x30 inches, about 170 individual pieces of glass
Zoom Info
SAGA - COMPLETE
Here it is! The finished, patina’ed, cleaned and framed version of fionastaples's amazing cover. I hope it does it justice. It's made of a combination of translucent and opaque glass, which might have been a mistake… It looks nice without light behind it, but then the sky appears to be dark. But maybe Alana is sneaking out on her night shift to read under the light of the moons? I really like the backlit version too, but it loses the skin color detail. But then it has the advantage of looking nice both at night and during the day. There is no paint on this one! All the lines you see a solder lines. 
20x30 inches, about 170 individual pieces of glass
Zoom Info

SAGA - COMPLETE

Here it is! The finished, patina’ed, cleaned and framed version of fionastaples's amazing cover. I hope it does it justice. It's made of a combination of translucent and opaque glass, which might have been a mistake… It looks nice without light behind it, but then the sky appears to be dark. But maybe Alana is sneaking out on her night shift to read under the light of the moons? I really like the backlit version too, but it loses the skin color detail. But then it has the advantage of looking nice both at night and during the day. There is no paint on this one! All the lines you see a solder lines. 

20x30 inches, about 170 individual pieces of glass

SAGA - IN PROGRESS
So I usually never ever post photos of unfinished things, but it’s gonna be a while before I can get the solder to frame it and I’m just so excited about this piece. Saga was, I believe, the first American comic book I’ve ever read. Ever. Even before Sandman. It’s also the comic that introduced me to the wonderful fantasticgirlreadscomics comic book club and plunged me head first into this insanely awesome universe. 
It is also so, so, so good. 
And fionastaples's art is stunning! - so free yet so expressive. And this particular cover is just Alana in one image, and just bloody cool in general. 
I still have to solder on the frame, and patina it black. My phone categorically refuses to render the actual colors of the glass, so that almost navy blue is actually a clear turquoise in real life. The bubble is made from the glass the brimples were made from ;) and I aligned the streaks of the mocha skin glass to the line of her cheekbone. That skin tone was the hardest to figure out! There are no “hazel” or “coffee” or “chocolate” or “amber” colors of glass, just weird orangy-brown and “peach”. Hurmf. 
Feet for scale! My biggest piece yet. 
Zoom Info
SAGA - IN PROGRESS
So I usually never ever post photos of unfinished things, but it’s gonna be a while before I can get the solder to frame it and I’m just so excited about this piece. Saga was, I believe, the first American comic book I’ve ever read. Ever. Even before Sandman. It’s also the comic that introduced me to the wonderful fantasticgirlreadscomics comic book club and plunged me head first into this insanely awesome universe. 
It is also so, so, so good. 
And fionastaples's art is stunning! - so free yet so expressive. And this particular cover is just Alana in one image, and just bloody cool in general. 
I still have to solder on the frame, and patina it black. My phone categorically refuses to render the actual colors of the glass, so that almost navy blue is actually a clear turquoise in real life. The bubble is made from the glass the brimples were made from ;) and I aligned the streaks of the mocha skin glass to the line of her cheekbone. That skin tone was the hardest to figure out! There are no “hazel” or “coffee” or “chocolate” or “amber” colors of glass, just weird orangy-brown and “peach”. Hurmf. 
Feet for scale! My biggest piece yet. 
Zoom Info
SAGA - IN PROGRESS
So I usually never ever post photos of unfinished things, but it’s gonna be a while before I can get the solder to frame it and I’m just so excited about this piece. Saga was, I believe, the first American comic book I’ve ever read. Ever. Even before Sandman. It’s also the comic that introduced me to the wonderful fantasticgirlreadscomics comic book club and plunged me head first into this insanely awesome universe. 
It is also so, so, so good. 
And fionastaples's art is stunning! - so free yet so expressive. And this particular cover is just Alana in one image, and just bloody cool in general. 
I still have to solder on the frame, and patina it black. My phone categorically refuses to render the actual colors of the glass, so that almost navy blue is actually a clear turquoise in real life. The bubble is made from the glass the brimples were made from ;) and I aligned the streaks of the mocha skin glass to the line of her cheekbone. That skin tone was the hardest to figure out! There are no “hazel” or “coffee” or “chocolate” or “amber” colors of glass, just weird orangy-brown and “peach”. Hurmf. 
Feet for scale! My biggest piece yet. 
Zoom Info
SAGA - IN PROGRESS
So I usually never ever post photos of unfinished things, but it’s gonna be a while before I can get the solder to frame it and I’m just so excited about this piece. Saga was, I believe, the first American comic book I’ve ever read. Ever. Even before Sandman. It’s also the comic that introduced me to the wonderful fantasticgirlreadscomics comic book club and plunged me head first into this insanely awesome universe. 
It is also so, so, so good. 
And fionastaples's art is stunning! - so free yet so expressive. And this particular cover is just Alana in one image, and just bloody cool in general. 
I still have to solder on the frame, and patina it black. My phone categorically refuses to render the actual colors of the glass, so that almost navy blue is actually a clear turquoise in real life. The bubble is made from the glass the brimples were made from ;) and I aligned the streaks of the mocha skin glass to the line of her cheekbone. That skin tone was the hardest to figure out! There are no “hazel” or “coffee” or “chocolate” or “amber” colors of glass, just weird orangy-brown and “peach”. Hurmf. 
Feet for scale! My biggest piece yet. 
Zoom Info
SAGA - IN PROGRESS
So I usually never ever post photos of unfinished things, but it’s gonna be a while before I can get the solder to frame it and I’m just so excited about this piece. Saga was, I believe, the first American comic book I’ve ever read. Ever. Even before Sandman. It’s also the comic that introduced me to the wonderful fantasticgirlreadscomics comic book club and plunged me head first into this insanely awesome universe. 
It is also so, so, so good. 
And fionastaples's art is stunning! - so free yet so expressive. And this particular cover is just Alana in one image, and just bloody cool in general. 
I still have to solder on the frame, and patina it black. My phone categorically refuses to render the actual colors of the glass, so that almost navy blue is actually a clear turquoise in real life. The bubble is made from the glass the brimples were made from ;) and I aligned the streaks of the mocha skin glass to the line of her cheekbone. That skin tone was the hardest to figure out! There are no “hazel” or “coffee” or “chocolate” or “amber” colors of glass, just weird orangy-brown and “peach”. Hurmf. 
Feet for scale! My biggest piece yet. 
Zoom Info

SAGA - IN PROGRESS

So I usually never ever post photos of unfinished things, but it’s gonna be a while before I can get the solder to frame it and I’m just so excited about this piece. Saga was, I believe, the first American comic book I’ve ever read. Ever. Even before Sandman. It’s also the comic that introduced me to the wonderful fantasticgirlreadscomics comic book club and plunged me head first into this insanely awesome universe. 

It is also so, so, so good. 

And fionastaples's art is stunning! - so free yet so expressive. And this particular cover is just Alana in one image, and just bloody cool in general. 

I still have to solder on the frame, and patina it black. My phone categorically refuses to render the actual colors of the glass, so that almost navy blue is actually a clear turquoise in real life. The bubble is made from the glass the brimples were made from ;) and I aligned the streaks of the mocha skin glass to the line of her cheekbone. That skin tone was the hardest to figure out! There are no “hazel” or “coffee” or “chocolate” or “amber” colors of glass, just weird orangy-brown and “peach”. Hurmf. 

Feet for scale! My biggest piece yet. 

I’m late to the party, but here is my stealth cosplay of Captain Marvel for Guardians of the Galaxy! So many good things about that movie, and a couple of confusing ones. I need to see it again. 

I’m late to the party, but here is my stealth cosplay of Captain Marvel for Guardians of the Galaxy! So many good things about that movie, and a couple of confusing ones. I need to see it again.