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- InfoJenny 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.
Roses and Vineyards is a hand painted glass chandelier that I should have added to my website earlier. At the very end of January last year, I delivered my precious little baby boy and needless to say, life changed in an instant. Don’t get me wrong, I was answering client and gallery emails from my maternity suite the next day, on my iPad while my little one slept. It was four weeks before I got back to painting in my studio—my commission queue was piling up and though my galleries were so patient for new work, each was asking me gingerly, “When will you be back”? so I knew that I had to get to painting and creating again as soon as possible. And luckily, at that time my baby would take naps in a swing by my side while I would paint chandeliers.
The prior fall, I was having on and off difficult times with my pregnancy. There was really nothing to worry about, just that my pregnancy wasn’t comfortable and I felt very faint often. For a few reasons, I didn’t have one of those pregnancies where I felt awesome enough to exercise like lucky women do, let alone walk a lot—I’d nearly pass out so I had to plan where I was going and how far it would be and where I could rest along the way and it was embarrassing. There were days where I was taking it easy due to necessity and then during the days where I felt fine enough and on those days I would work to get ahead as I knew I’d be taking a few weeks off after my baby’s birth. I even completed twelve large 33 inch tropical parrot chandeliers for a new Margarita Casino Resort in Hollywood Beach, Florida at the end of my pregnancy and they were installed in the ballroom area. I normally stand when I paint and do fixture work but during those days, I had to learn to lean on a stool.
Anyway, long story above, I know…but I should have added this gorgeous rose and vineyard themed hand painted glass chandelier to my website sooner. As there is only so much time, I have to choose what I will add to my website. What you see my hand painted glass chandeliers online, the chandeliers you are viewing are just a few of many hand painted glass chandeliers that I am commissioned to create each year.
When this painted glass chandelier lights up, it has the most beautiful glow—the rose bouquet is stunning. I have a special client back east who I’ve created a couple chandeliers for, he’s a rose guy and with this particular piece, I actually created two that were similar (yet each was different, of course) and he chose one because of one of the butterflies. I have a new appreciation for roses in the past couple of years due to this client—they really are a gorgeous flower. My grandfather loved yellow roses so I think of him when I paint yellow roses. Sometimes with 24 inch chandeliers, when they are commissions in themes that I know my collectors in general would love, I might do two pieces and let my commission collector choose. I didn’t send this piece to my gallery in Sedona, Arizona but blues aren’t a color that usually speaks to their clients so I limit the amount of blue hues in their chandelier selection.
My baby’s napping right now in his stroller in my gallery room so I need to double-check to make sure I still have this specific piece…but I’m nearly positive and I’ll bring it to La Quinta Arts Festival if I do. If I don’t take this post down today, it means I have this chandelier…because it could also be up in La Conner, Washington at Stan O’Neil’s gallery. He’s a fantastic glassblower and I’ll see him in a couple weeks at La Quinta Arts Festival.
This hand painted glass chandelier is titled Northern California Flowers and it has some similar concepts to Dreaming of Spring in a certain section as they were painted within the same time frame but over all, it is a very different work of art. I’m showing the full round glass bowl for this hand painted glass chandelier which is 24 inches in diameter and you can see more images in one of my Floravita hand-forged chandelier fixtures in my painted Chandeliers section.
One section on this hand painted glass chandelier has soft violet colors, hydrangeas and other purple and blue wild flowers. Another section has a beautiful wild peony bouquet surrounded with pink red roses. A soft blue sky peeks out around the edges here and there where I’ve allowed the composition in the painting to be open and have space. Another prominent section in this gorgeous hand painted glass chandelier has a flury of pink wildflowers. All along there are white accent flowers that are painted to bring accents into this new painted chandelier.
Broad green leaves are painted with great movement and gesture. When I was in college year ago, I took a full year of advanced drawing even though only a quarter was required. I knew it was very important to embrace and master the art of gesture drawing and I’ve used it ever since. And actually, my introduction to gesture drawing began when I was 16 at an intensive school of the arts in the summer for gifted artists. This was the California State Summer School of the Arts.
Gesture is so important in art and painting. It helps to determine the artistic voice of an artist. But back to the flower selection, these are flowers and colors you will see in flower pots in Northern California and even further north all the way up to the top of Washington state. My family has lived in Northern California, the San Francisco Bay Area, for two generations. When I was a small child we would drive up to Mendocino frequently and that is where my first memories of the ocean were created.
Dreaming of Spring is one of the new reverse painted glass chandeliers that I’ll be bringing to 2016 La Quinta Arts Festival, which held at the La Quinta Civic Center, March 3—6. This will be one of 14 or more chandeliers—haven’t decided yet on which pieces and how many—that I will bring to this great fine art festival.
This chandelier has a very soft and flowing composition. Romantic flowers and wildflower and greenery swirl around the glass bowl in a dance that I dreamed. The actual coloring is very soft—more gorgeous that I could photograph. There is a small section of sky blue peeking out here and there. Soft gold, violet and green hues are also painted into the background. Dazzling white wildflowers with jeweled centers spring out of the composition and help to add a lovely layer of translucency. Overall, the colors of the beautiful chandelier are more translucent and softer than my photos show.
I’m very excited to debut all of the new chandeliers that are in my collection. You can view more images of Dreaming of Spring here. If you would like to see more images of this chandelier, please send me a note.
My glass bowls are hand crafted in my studio as are my hand-forged fixtures. My chandeliers are of the highest quality—they are heirloom quality and I am told constantly by clients that my chandeliers are breathtaking in person—and I have to say at this point, with all of the years that I have been creating painted chandeliers, I’m extremely confident in my great talent as an artist and in the beauty of my work. My chandeliers are works of art for your ceiling. I have collectors who own several chandeliers and I have collectors who order new chandeliers every year.
Again, I, Jenny Floravita will be located at Booth #218 in the back loop, closer to the Civic Center. This is the same spot that I have exhibited in 4 other times so I requested this spot as I figure that collectors will know where to find me.
It’s just three weeks to the start of La Quinta Arts Festival and I’m very excited. This year I will previewing new available chandeliers on my website starting this weekend, ahead of La Quinta Arts Festival so that my collectors can see new hand painted chandeliers in advance. So I will say it here, Jenny Floravita’s booth number is #218 which is in the far back loop by the La Quinta Civic Center. If you enter at the main gate, I’m in the furthest corner from the main show entrance gate. You will be given a map at the gate along with the 2016 La Quinta Arts Festival booklet and my booth number and information is also there.
This past week I finished painting my last chandelier for the show. I will be doing all of my fixture work over the next three weeks. All of my chandeliers are hand crafted here in my studio. My hand forged fixtures are very elegant and compliment my painted chandelier themes well. I’ll be bringing 24 inch chandeliers. Chandelier sizes are measured by the glass bowl diameter. 24 inch chandeliers will have three hand forged fixture styles to choose from. You can read more about the specs on my Chandelier Info page. Within the three forged fixture styles, I have a few different drop heights which are measured from the top of the ceiling to the bottom of the glass bowl. I will have a semi-flush mount fixture available to see as well. The drop height for a semi-flush mount for a 24 inch chandelier is under 17 inches.
Ls Quinta Arts Festival is my favorite festival to attend because I absolutely love the entire Palm Springs area in the winter. I’m crossing my fingers for great weather. The best weather for La Quinta Arts Festival would be sunshine, clear skys and no wind…particularly now hurricane force winds, thank you! My booth will definitely be braced for all weather events and I’ve survived some very fierce storms in the Palm Springs area but it’s always nice to be able to look forward to exhibiting in the best conditions. I’m sure the tennis match people also hope for the best weather.
This year I also have some very special work for my painted Ambiance Night Light collectors. I’ll be debuting a line of beautifully painted one-of-a-kind birds with flowers and they will be a little more expensive but definitely worth the cost. They will make the most special gifts for friends and family. And to my night light collectors, I’m going to be adding a special night light info page to my website shortly. You will soon be able to purchase my available night lights online. I might not have every single design that I do in stock but I’ll make sure you can see which particular pieces are available to purchase and ship immediately.
Packing for an art festival is always very intense as there are so many details involved especially to exhibit my hand painted glass chandeliers. The booth structure alone has a ton of parts to it and I have to catalog them all and make sure I have everything packed including all that is required to weather proof my booth structure. I have to pack my glass carefully and all of my painted night lights and their boxes and story books need to also be carefully packed. The forged fixtures have to all be complete and all of the parts have to also be carefully wrapped for the journey down to the desert. And this year I’ll be bringing a new addition, my baby boy but luckily I’ll have a lot of extra help. This will also be the first year where my husband will attend one of my art festivals in the desert and I’m excited that it will be La Quinta Arts Festival. He will see why we love this show and why it’s the #1 arts festival in the country. I’m very grateful this year to have the extra help and the opportunity to exhibit.
And that said, my little boy is waking from a nap—6 shots today at his one year check-up. Ok, gotta run! Thank You for checking in my my bog and website.
This is a message for Martha—you called me right before New Year’s eve and left a message with your phone number…but you didn’t give me the area code and your number comes up as ‘restricted’ so I cannot see you phone number on my studio line.
If you want to order a Violet Peony night light, please call back at (925) 626-7969 and remember to leave your complete phone number with area code…if I’m not here to pick-up. I’m painting and creating night lights right now for La Quinta Arts Festival 2016 so it’s a good time to order a night light as I’m making them for this art festival.
I may also have the particular piece in stock and will look if you call back. :-)
Happy New Year to you all!!!
The La Quinta Arts Festival 2016 will be: Thursday, March 3rd through Sunday, March 6th and will be held at the La Quinta Civic Center Park. I will be exhibiting my reverse painted glass chandeliers, both number 218. I’ will be in the back loop section (same as prior years) that is located by the back gate where the fence is on the same side as the shopping center that is across the street. So for those of you who didn’t see me last year at the festival, I’d like to tell you that I had a baby on January 31st of this year! If you missed my work…and many of you contacted me, you can see my work again this year! There is no better way to see an artist’s work than in person.
This is the same weekend as the Tennis Tournament so if you plan to stay the night in the desert, you might want to reserve your hotel rooms now.
I’m excited for this coming year and will be bringing a fantastic selection of my painted chandeliers, which are all hand crafted and painted solely by me, Jenny Floravita. I’ll be trying to update my website over the next two months to show you available new works. If you want to reserve a chandelier in advance and pick it up at the festival, please call me at my studio at 925-625-7969. If you want to commission a chandelier that you can pick up at the festival to avoid shipping, now would be the time to have me create your piece. I already have commissions queued well into the new year, which is normal for the demand for my work, but I’ll do what I can to fit your piece in if possible so that we can avoid shipping charges at a later date.
If you are thinking of a commissioned painted chandelier but don’t know where to begin…and I know I have a lot of design examples to choose from and that can make it difficult to pick and chandelier….then it’s a good idea to look at the colors, textures and design elements in your room and start there. I’m always here to help with that if you need me to make suggestions.
My little cat napper has just awoken so I’ll wrap this up now!
This jumbo 40-something inch hand painted chandelier is truly breath taking in person! It was painted as a commission for collectors in New Orleans who already own one of my custom 36 inch chandeliers. They had admired a particular chandelier titled Flowers of the Coast that was a 24 inch hand painted chandelier that sold through one of my galleries. Many of the commissions that I accept are based off chandeliers that my collectors see on my website. It is very challenging to go from an original 24 inch to a 40-something inch hand painted glass chandelier because of the sheer space in glass surface. Large chandeliers become entirely different originals that have to take on a life of their own. It’s just the way it is—plus as an artist, my work is always better…and I would say this is true of most artists who accept commissions…if I have a certain level of freedom with the painting process.
I observed and painted all of the same key flowers and colors from Flowers of the Coast and from there, I improvised and added many m0re flowers while trying to stay within the same color palate and feeling.
I’ll share a bit more of the painting process for this piece. Early on, my infant son was very fussy even though he was being tended to by one of his grandmothers. He’s very needy for his mother still. I had many long hours of painting on the first day and I noticed that I was painting lots of fussy little flowers—which are GOOD in many of my chandeliers…just that by the end of the day I knew that I only wanted one small section of small flowers in this piece. The detail is wonderful in these flowers but in order for my work to really move and flow I needed to be able to see beyond small sections of glass. That is a hard thing to do when your baby is crying! He was just very fussy in that particular frame of time. Luckily we moved beyond that and I was able to create what I had envisioned for my clients—an original hand painted glass chandelier that had flowers bursting with movement and joy!
Though I want to celebrate the size of this particular piece, I don’t encourage it for many collectors. The fright shipping alone is very expensive and the time in planning, fabricating and painting is also lengthy. The actual logistics requires two custom boxes. Hand painted glass chandeliers of this size are very expensive to pack and ship and fully insure—and my work is always professionally packed and fully insured so there is never any risk to my clients or to myself as a lot of time and love goes into my work! I don’t sell myself short by not insuring my work properly. We have a very good track record in terms of chandeliers arriving successfully at my client’s doorsteps—we (my team that packs my chandeliers and I) are pros at shipping! Maybe only 3-5% a year don’t make it and there are years where every single piece does! That said, anything can happen in shipping, especially cross country. That is why we spare no expense in packing. My hand painted chandeliers are packed to the hilt. In the rare times that we have incidents in shipping (as I ship a LOT) I fast track that piece and move it to the top of my commission queue so my collectors don’t have to wait too long.
These days, with my infant son I do require a bit more time in creating. He is very spoiled with attention from me! We are learning to navigate the waters of my very busy and successful career together. But back to this gorgeous hand painted glass chandelier—can’t wait for my collectors in New Orleans to receive! And just a note again about size, though I’m celebrating the size of this particular chandelier, my two standard jumbo sizes: 33 inch and 36 inch glass diameter hand painted chandeliers are very good ‘large’ sized chandeliers and my prices are very good considering the amount of time and costs that go into them. I’m pretty sure that all of my collectors that have ordered either the 33 inch or the 36 inch hand painted chandeliers have been very happy with those sizes.
Sunflowers dazzle in this new hand painted glass chandelier and I absolutely love this piece! It was painted right before the birth of my first child and it was for an interior designer, as a sunflower only concept. I’m just now getting a chance to release it and will probably ship it to one of my galleries soon. The beauty of this simple idea speaks for itself—just sunflowers, greens and white flowers as accents. The actual light that shines through is very sunny.
The colors would go well with a Tuscan home or a home that has a country or cottage feeling, especially if there are sunflowers in the decor. Originally I had planned to add red accent flowers and indeed, any accent flowers could be paired in a chandelier like this but once I added the white wildflowers, I realized that the sunflowers without the extra color—just golden sunflowers and an upbeat spring green—could hold their own.
You can see more examples of Sunflowers & Greens here.
Recently I’ve had inquiries for different fixture colors for my reverse painted chandeliers so I am showing a fixture example in white here. All of my fixtures are hand forged out of steel…so they can be painted any color by either me or by you. Black and white are really the two best options. For 95% of my work, black really is the best option as it has the most contrast—very, very few people actually install a fixture that is not black just because it works so well.
On my ocean themed chandeliers, white can work well against the sea blues. Ocean blues and greens are the color set that I feel is a good match for a white fixture if you absolutely must have a fixture color other than white. It goes well with the Caribbean vibe.
The swirl element in my Contemporary Swirl fixture style is like a nautilus. My fixture style that has more scrolls also would capture the Caribbean vibe as well.
If you would like to see more pictures of Volcanic Ocean Reef, it can be seen here.