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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.
This Honolulu Beauties Series Geisha night light has already sold to a favorite collector…but I wanted to share it with you. My last two sets of night lights in this series featured red, black and gold colors. This hand painted night light features purples, oranges and magenta/pink.
I love this new series! When I paint new concepts it takes me a while to develop the line. I’m not yet sure of what colors will be featured next as I’m going to paint more of these gems in pieces with purples.
My “new” tropical Bird of Paradise night light was previewed and then promptly sold out last month and has lovely warm colors. We grow birds of paradise at my home studio and they are now blooming in my garden! Through the years I have painted this flower differently in my glass night lights with different colors and different flower poses.
These night lights are small samples of my reverse painted chandeliers and have been in a continual evolution since the first pieces were created.
Watch for new designs in April!
I wish I had found these photos two months earlier when I was trying to convey to a client, who lives in the Southern part of my state, the difference between a 32″ glass bowl and a 24″ glass bowl—as we were trying to decide on a good size for her reverse painted glass chandelier commission.
The 1st truth is that my 24″ painted chandeliers are perfect for most people and they look beautiful—each glass bowl is hand-crafted and hand painted by me. I’ve installed them into small seaside cottages of 800 sqft and the other extreme—voluminous rooms with 20′ ceilings with both types of clients thinking that the chandelier fit the space beautifully.
The 2nd truth is that most spaces—even small rooms—can handle one of my larger, reverse painted glass chandeliers. The difference between my standard 24″ size and a larger size like a 32″ or a 36″ is a) impact and b) price. You can definitely hang a larger painted chandelier over a dining table in a small room and the results will be very dramatic, guaranteed. The cost for me to produce my painted chandeliers in larger sizes goes up dramatically and the time involved also quadruples. That said, my larger reverse painted glass chandeliers are stunning!!!
These images were of a painted chandelier commission from a couple of years ago. I photographed the glass bowls outside on my hot tub and this client owns one chandelier in a 24″ and one in a 32″ size. This is a complex art form in the sense that colors and design can make one chandelier over another of the same size appear to be larger. This art form has a three-dimensional element. As you walk around one of my reverse painted chandeliers the different flowers and leaves will pop out at you. The larger glass bowls literally have larger planes of dimension. Even though these two bowls look dramatically different in size, when hung the size difference appears to be even greater. The true depth of the glass bowl is deeper in the 32″ and it’s obvious that the painting inside the bowl is more elaborate. In many ways my larger reverse painted glass chandeliers are a totally different animal—there is just so much more surface space in the glass for me to paint—they really are a premium luxury product.
This 32″ bowl will also fit completely over the 24″ bowl with a lot of room to spare. What I don’t think these photos show are the true depth and how these pieces will hang and how stunning they are as paintings…but I think that these photos still can help illustrate a size difference between my standard size and a larger chandelier on a very basic level.
These images are meant to help you decide on a size that is right for you. If you need examples of larger chandeliers hanging in spaces call or email me and I’d be happy to send you examples. Knowing the size/s of my reverse painted glass chandeliers that you are contemplating and the colors/subjects is also helpful. As an artist, I’m happy to create both standard and large sizes—from a personal point I want you to have the chandelier that fits your room so one size over another does not matter to me.
My reverse painted lamp (far left) and my reverse painted ‘flat’ glass pieces are lovely compliments to this formal, traditional wood interior. This lovely home has a 20′ ceiling. The reverse painted bowl in the front is one of my painted chandelier bowls. I like to share with people how I create my work and seeing a painted chandelier up-close helps people to understand the artistry involved.
Trilogy at the Vineyards is a lovely and luxurious community and I have several friends who live here, many of which are artists. We gather semi-annually to create a show in which we share our works with the art patrons and artists of Brentwood. In May I will be exhibiting at Trilogy’s Club House for our annual East Contra Costa Artists’s Open Studio, an event in which almost 50 artists will open their homes and studios to the public in various locations. Stay tuned for more info, coming soon…
Bahama Macaw is a lovely example of my tropical, reverse painted glass chandeliers. Though I have been creating and painting these rare and exciting chandeliers for several years, part of what is most inspiring for me is that each new painted chandelier idea has the potential to be so different from the last even within my truest artist voice: tropical.
When I’m creating a “new” chandelier concept I allow my creativity to be guided by my instinct for color, space and movement. Usually I will start with a general idea, for example, maybe I already know that I want to paint a macaw or have red ginger flowers or plumerias. Or maybe I start a piece thinking that I want to work within a specific color scheme where I incorporate certain colors but leave others out of the mix.
For a working artist, being inspired is very important and I can honestly say that I’m inspired almost every day to create my reverse painted glass chandeliers or night lights. It’s a true blessing.
My newest series of reverse painted glass night lights are my Honolulu Beauties Geshia Series. Each night light will be painted differently, with different patters, styles and flowers that will include orchids, tropical gingers and cherry blossoms, just to name a few.
Some Geshias will hold fans. Reds, violet, black and golds have been the inspiring colors so far. Though all of the above night lights (plus around 15 others have sold) I’ll be adding new original reverse painted night lights on my website in this series soon. Send me a note or call me if you’d like to receive notification of my new Geshia night light releases!
As corny as it may sound, my rooms no longer feel “complete” without my reverse painted lamps turned on. My first lamps were created for a gallery—Sorrel Sky Gallery in Durango, Colorado—and I felt guilty for not shipping them immediately after completion. Instead, I grew accustomed to them in my living rooms. I was really enjoying the new ambiance that these reverse painted lamps provided.
The photos that I’ve provided here on my website don’t do these lamps justice. I hope, in time, to learn to photograph the true illuminated beauty of these special lamps.
I hand-craft my glass shades here in my studio. A lot goes into each of these reverse painted lamp shades before I begin painting. Even hardware components at the top need to be specially machined here in my studio for these lamps.
The beauty is that these hand painted lamp shades can fit over other bases—for example, an antique base that’s been in the family—as I can provide the hardware that holds the glass.
This particular Tiffany style lamp stands 27″ tall. When they are illuminated, a special glow fills the surrounding area. My rooms feel empty without these lights turned on! I love the splashes of vibrant color and the warmth of the light…so much nicer than I can show here in a photograph. I’m now working to have a few extra reverse painted lamp shades on hand so that I don’t have to ever let go of my only lamps again.
My hand-crafted, hand painted glass night lights have been a work in progress for over two years. Like anything good, it took me a good solid year to figure out how I would mount the fixtures, what fixtures I would use and how I would approach the painting of my subjects. It then too me another year to paint and create my glass night lights on a regular basis let alone offer them on my website.
My reverse painted chandeliers offer me a large glass canvas to freely paint flowers and mix colors. On the other hand, the night lights only gave a limited amount of space in which to capture my ideas. At first I tried to capture big sections of my chandeliers and compress them into my small glass shapes and that did produce some interesting and original painted night lights that took too long to paint (for what I was charging—keep in mind I cut, slump and cold work each glass shape and in those days I was also creating the backing that attaches to the fixture).
Certain subjects were a hit right away and I continue to offer those in my collection. Others were truly one-of-a-kind and the collectors who purchased those particular pieces got a great deal!
Because each hand painted night light is truly original and unique in it’s own way—no two could possibly be alike—and I allow myself a certain freedom in how I paint them, I don’t post each and every “new” night light that is created on my website. It would simply take too long to do so. A good friend who designs unique jewelery pieces said this, “it’s a grab ‘em while you can get ‘em situation” and that is so true because I’m inspired to create and paint my night lights in batches. When I’m focusing on my chandelier commissions I’m usually not creating night lights.
I am not a production artist so I will continue to paint unique night lights and I’ll continue to allow myself to veer off from my designs and color schemes and yes, some night lights that were “hits” will eventually no longer be offered. After all, I’m an innovative artist and I have to be interested and inspired to create truly unique works! It’s just how it is and I’m true to my work.
In fact, most of the summer season was spent working on commissions. Don’t get me wrong—I love commissions but it’s also very gratifying as an artist to create original works that are ‘new’.
This reverse painted chandelier is inspired by the large 36″ original, Romantic Summer Garden, only it has rose colors throughout and no sky blues. It features roses and peonies flowers. This is a very, very lovely piece in person and I look forward to photographing this work and adding it to my collection on my website.
It’s so easy to get caught-up in waiting for the future. Every now and then I have to remind myself to live more for “now” and I suspect that many people are the same in this respect. We set goals, reach for them, work hard. As a working artist and a business person I must constantly look into the future and work towards deadlines. A huge part of my business operation revolves around planning for the future and I think that if I didn’t embrace this characteristic as naturally as I do that I wouldn’t be as successful as I am today.
On the other hand my husband is good at living in the “now”. In fact, he excels at it. He’s always working in our lush tropical yard or working on some section of the house or garage improving this or building that… He has a better natural balance in the art of living life in the now. People who are naturally good at this probably have to be born with this trait while others need to concentrate more on the ‘now’ to bring it into their lives.
In the last home that I owned in Santa Cruz I had make a couple improvements that were easy and yet they added a certain quality of life that was, well, nice. The problem was that I didn’t do this until I had decided to sell my home and move back to the Bay Area outskirts. It definitely occurred to me that I could have been living with these improvements all along and I would have really enjoyed them. This was one of those lessons that stays with you——not that I learn these lessons well enough as I promptly went back to focusing my business on the future…so it’s good that I have my husband to help keep us current.
That reminds me, I should go out to my yard and enjoy the scent of the last plumeria and ginger blossoms while they last…