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- AboutJenny Floravita was born to be an artist. She began her studies in painting, drawing, music and dance as a small child, excelling in all. Her life in the San Francisco Bay Area afforded her great exposure to the arts. Jenny won numerous awards as a young artist including four California Governor’s Medallions and four California State Seals, two each for art and dance. After receiving several scholarships, Jenny went on to study and receive her formal art degree through University of California, Santa Cruz. She lived and worked in Santa Cruz as a graphic designer and fine art painter for several years before re-locating to her family’s home town in the Delta. Since 2000, Jenny Floravita’s fine art career has blossomed. She has exhibited in numerous galleries and high-end art festivals. She paints island scenes and tropical flowers in both oil and watercolor. Jenny’s journey in reverse glass painting began in the early summer of 2007 and since then she has added her beautiful custom glass painted chandeliers to her line of oil and watercolor paintings.
- ExhibitionsMarch 10-13, 2011 La Quinta Arts Festival for info and to purchase tickets: 706-564-1244 www.lqaf.com Please check back in the spring of 2011 for additional events.
Cat Got The Grapes is the unofficial title that I gave to this commissioned, reverse hand painted lamp shade that was created for a couple who live in Florida. Every year I meet people who have unfortunately broken a painted lamp, usually an antique. The broken lamp in question for this client was not so much an antique but it had sentiment for my clients. My clients owned two, identical desert themed shades that were painted in a flat style that is so different from how I paint that initially I was hesitant to consider the project.
First I had to determine if I could match the shape of the glass that was broken. Turns out, I was unable to do that. The shade was paper thin and flared out at the ends and was also made for an unusual base. My reverse hand painted lamp shades begin here in my studio, with me creating and firing the glass shade shape. My glass shades are 18″ in diameter and will fit most any Tiffany style base with a few pieces of additional hardware that are provided by me.
Early on in the project we determined that I would make two shades and that each would be different but that the color palate would be the same. We decided to use the colors in my Vineyard Romance Series. The first shade would have grapes, leaves, two red birds and a portrait of my client’s cat. The second shade would have a desert scene to celebrate my client’s Lebanese heritage and also incorporate flowers from her garden.
Cat Got The Grapes was a more developed theme in my mind so it made sense to do this revere hand painted lamp shade first. Normally I do not paint pet portraits but I decided to take a chance on this one and as you can see, the cat turned out lovely! He is forever immortalized in my client’s shade and will forever have a part in their home. The base that this shade lives on came from my client. It was a lovely camel base and she owned two! So each shade would have the same base.
Circles of Promise is an abstract, reverse painted chandelier featuring my new contemporary iron fixture design. The coloring in this painted chandelier is very vibrant. I am the artist and my name is Jenny Floravita. All of my reverse painted chandeliers are painted by me in my studio in the San Francisco Bay Area. My signature abstract painting style has become as loved by my collectors as my exotic flower chandeliers.
My glass bowls are created here in my studio. My new iron fixture style incorporates the swirl and vortex element that runs throughout my abstract themed chandeliers. My abstract reverse painted chandeliers are works of art for the ceiling. The rods that hold the glass are not lamp rods—they are solid steel rods that we fabricate here in my studio. This is a clean design that I’ve been working on for some time and it’s very relevant to my abstracts.
A lot of work and craftsmanship goes into each of my reverse painted chandeliers. Painting and creating these glass chandeliers unique works is a labor of love. 24″ diameter refers to the size of the glass bowl and is a very good size for most people and in fact, it is a standard size for many bowl-shaped chandeliers. I’d also like to point out that because my glass bowls are made here in my studio, they are a whole different animal to what you see in the big home depot type stores—my glass bowls are 1/4″ thick! They aren’t wafer thin.
If you look at this reverse painted chandelier’s page here you will see 21 detail images. The reason why I’m showing so many detail images is because Circles of Promise is a very complex chandelier painting. Lighting is hard to photograph so know that my reverse painted chandeliers are even lovelier in person.
If you are looking for a contemporary, decorative lighting fixture then know that all of my reverse painted chandeliers are original works of art in their own right—no two are alike.
I’m so excited!!! This has been a long time coming but I’m finally able to say that I have a new forged-fixture design option for my abstract reverse painted glass chandeliers. The fixture I’m showing here is my new Circles of Color chandelier. You can see more details on it’s page: http://floravitalights.com/portfolio/circles-of-color-abstract-reverse-painted-chandelier
The swirl element ties into my swirl and circles theme. It would look lovely on my Vortex piece as well and can also be paired with any of my other painted chandeliers if you want a reverse painted glass chandelier for your room yet need it to be a contemporary lighting fixture. It’s contemporary and clean in design, hangs lovely and gets away from the Tuscan and traditional scrolled iron designs of my other fixtures.
When you are a busy working artist as I am, every new idea can take a while before a design materializes into a piece you can touch. As clean and simple as this design is, I spent the better part of this past half year thinking about it and drawing different options before I was able to make it into the iron fixture you see today. The objective was to design a fixture that would fit my contemporary abstract chandeliers that would have a main element that would tie into the motifs that I like to use in my glass paintings. You will see more of these fixtures accompanying my abstract reverse painted glass chandeliers.
With the Summer Danville Fine Arts Faire behind me, it’s time to leave to deliver work to my fine art glass gallery in Santa Monica, which sells contemporary glass art for some of the nation’s most established artists. Yes, I’ll be sharing the info for this gallery upon my return—when I’m not in such a hurry. I am very excited to be represented by them! So, yesterday I spent the entire day wiring, balancing and hand painted each of my forged iron fixtures. I personally hang and double, triple check each fixture for my reverse painted chandeliers myself to make sure that they hang straight and look as perfect as possible before they ship to you. My work is, after all, hand-crafted, hand-forged, hand-painted—you get the gist! Now I’m about to hand-pack a bunch of pieces carefully into my truck for the journey down to sunny Southern California!
Sunflowers in Laguna is one of the reverse painted chandeliers that this gallery will carry. It’s a lovely piece with sunny colors, birds of paradise, sunflowers and other tropical and coastal California flowers—perfect for a beach side home. Actually, I think I’d better hand-wash the truck first!!! Can’t have it looking dusty going down to Santa Monica to delivery my painted chandeliers…
This past weekend was very hot at the annul Summer Danville Fine Arts Faire but I’m proud to say that it was still a great success. Despite 108 degree weather on Saturday and slightly cooler weather—but still hot—on Sunday I sold several significant pieces. The reverse painted chandelier here was titled Honolulu Beauties—a lovely geisha themed piece that’s based on the historic Japanese woodblock prints with a tropical, Hawaiian flower twist—went to a lovely home in San Ramon—wonderful couple! It will be greatly loved in their home. This was a lovely piece.
Thank you to all who came out to the show and to all who had such nice things to say about my hand-crafted, reverse painted chandeliers—it was great to meet you and hope to see you again soon!
Temperatures could be in the 90s on Saturday in Danville, California for the annual summer Danville Fine Arts Faire, website is: www.mlaproductions.com/Danville-Spring. Sunday should be a bit milder as temperatures are predicted to be in the early 80s—absolutely perfect weather for an art festival..that said, Sunday is also the second day and that means missing the opportunities of choosing from your favorite artist’s works.
Personally I love the heat but anything above 90 degrees becomes uncomfortable for most heat lovers. If you plan to come to the show, bring a big bottle of water. To avoid the worst of the heat it’s advised to come early—many artists will be set-up by 9:30am and all will be ready to show their arts and crafts by 10am. Coming early to any show also has the added advantage of not missing out on art works that have already sold. The morning also provides for more shade on the street in general.
One would think that heat keeps people away from an art show but it isn’t true—people still come out in waves to enjoy a precious day away from the office in the sun. You just have to be prepared with a hat or sun umbrella, sunscreen and plenty of water so that you can walk the show and visit with artists in relative comfort. If you bring your precious doggie, please have his/her water and bowl with you…or better yet, leave them at home during the hottest hours of day. The hot pavement, which we don’t feel through our sandals and running shoes, can burn their feet and holds heat for a long time.
The above image is a detail from Coastal Bouquet, a reverse painted chandelier. Hope to see you this weekend at the Danville Fine Arts Faire!
Just wanted to share another view of my newest abstract, reverse painted chandelier that is titled Circles of Eternity. I am trying to decide if I will take this piece (over an abstract piece that will be finished today) down to my glass art gallery in Santa Monica, California. The decision must be made by Wednesday.
This abstract painted chandelier has a lot of bright, cheerful colors that are in a palate that is seen in decor in the greater Los Angeles area. People there will take bold chances on dynamic and dramatic wall colors so my chandeliers should fit in well.
This chandelier continues with my ‘Circles’ theme which uses the symbolism of life cycles, sun elements and my exotic leaves. My next, newest abstract reverse painted chandelier in this theme will have more unique elements and color patterns. If all goes well I should be able to photograph it on Tuesday to share with you shortly.
Watercolor painting, Glowing Ti Leaves of the Hawaiian Islands, also shown at Woodbridge by Mondavi Winery art show
One of my newest over-sized watercolors, Glowing Ti Leaves of the Hawaiian Islands (along with my reverse painted chandelier titled June Garden Bloom) was also included in the juried art show at Woodbridge by Mondavi Winery in May. This is my current favorite tropical flower painting. The flowers for this piece were seen on Kauai though this scene could be from any garden enthusiasts home in the Hawaiian Islands.
There were over 700 entries in the various categories so I was very excited to have this piece of art included in the show, especially considering that one of my favorite chandeliers was also chosen. I must confess that if I could do this over again, I would have framed this piece differently. Normally we frame all of my watercolor paintings here at the studio and all of my watercolors have been framed in the same style for the past several years. My husband does the chops and assembly, I cut the mats and assemble the fillets, backing, etc… I had decided that I wanted to do something different with this one piece and wanted to give a local frame shop (that has a flaky reputation but is well known among the local artists) another try at framing simply to support another local business that is not a big box business…gave them plenty of time…with disastrous results. Right down to the last minute this was a stressful frame job and in the end I didn’t get the moulding, matting, fillet that was specifically chosen for this piece—as a last resort we had to put the painting into a thin molding that warps because the size of the painting is too large for the molding.
I am planning on re-framing this piece in the way in which it deserves, you can see here how beautiful it is and that it deserves to be shown well. Framing is an important part of a watercolor’s presentation. In the near future, I will do a blog or two on how this piece will be framed and why certain frame and matting decisions are made.
If any of you know an awesome framer, I’m open to ideas for this piece!
June Garden Bloom, reverse painted chandelier wins a Judges Award at Woodbridge by Mondavi Winery show
In May, my reverse painted chandelier titled June Garden Bloom won a special Judges Award at the Woodbridge by Mondavi Winery art show which was organized by the Lodi Community Arts Center. It was a fabulous event and the turn out for the gala reception had a couple hundred people, many of which were dressed in the theme of ‘golden years of Hollywood’—it was a very spirited and cultured crowd. The surrounding landscape around Woodbridge winery was gorgeous and every bit as scenic as the most beautiful places in Napa and Sonoma. After all, this is California wine country—it’s a very big region.
I was surprised to win an award because my hand painted chandeliers don’t fit easily into a traditional category for juried art shows. I was thrilled to be accepted into the show!
Though this is only one lovely picture of this stunning reverse painted chandelier—you can tell that I love these, right?—you can see more images of June Garden Bloom here. My reverse painted chandeliers are three-dimensional so as you walk around the glass bowl you see new sides, new flowers, new color combinations. The alternating sides can look very different. This level of complexity makes these chandeliers a very interesting art form.
This will be one of only two art festivals for this summer and it is one of the best art festivals in the San Francisco Bay Area. If you come to the show, please stop by my booth to say hello. Overall this is an awesome show for fine art and craft—some of the most successful artists have been exhibiting in this show for years. The details for the show can be found here: http://www.mlaproductions.com/Danville-Spring/index.html
This year I will only be showing my reverse painted chandeliers…it’s very hard to create both the chandeliers and also create my tropical paintings with all of the work involved in creating and selling fine art, so this year it will have to be chandeliers only. Again, this is one of only two summer art festivals—I don’t exhibit in a lot of festivals anymore so if you’d like to see my work in a festival setting, meet other professional artists, then come to down to Hartz Avenue this weekend.
If you know of others who would enjoy this show, please let them know!