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Jenny Floravita booth # 319 at Danville Fine Arts Faire, June 16 & 17


San Francisco Bay Area  friends, family and clients: this weekend, June 16 & 17  I’ll be at the Danville Fine Arts Faire on Hartz Avenue, booth # 319, cross streets are Church Street/Hartz Avenue.

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:

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!


Floravita Vineyard Grape Wine Reverse Painted Chandelier

28″ Vineyard Romance, grape reverse painted chandelier goes great with Wine Country style


I really need to put pictures of this 28″ Vineyard Romance painted chandelier on my website. My mother is holding the glass up to the sun so that the artistry of the complete piece can be seen. This lovely grape themed reverse painted chandelier has Tuscan colors with accents of soft violets, like summer Napa morning fog, and gorgeous grapes in reds, violets and blue hues. This chandelier is lovely for wine country lovers—is a very gorgeous decorative lighting chandelier that will be cherished for generations to come.

28″ is significantly larger than my standard 24″ chandeliers—the extra surface space allows for more painting. This size is an excellent medium size. Almost any room that can handle a 24″ chandelier can handle a 28″ reverse painted chandelier so if you think you want a larger size but don’t want to go too large then this is good compromise. This is also a very enjoyable size for me to create and paint.

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Vineyard Romance, 32″ reverse painted glass chandelier headed for Temecula, California


In three weeks I’ll be delivering this lovely 32″ Vineyard Romance, a custom reverse painted glass chandelier.

I’m so pleased with how well this chandelier turned out…was going to wait until my delivery drive to show this piece here on my bog but thought, “hey, I can show it now and then”!’ This is a beautiful reflection of California wine country.

The iron fixture for this piece was custom made and hand forged specifically to fit this one glass bowl—and is an example of what I refer to as my ‘ornate style’ iron fixture. Though I love to paint large chandeliers, very few of my pieces each year qualify as large. Most people can handle a large painted chandelier in their space…but they are expensive to create. I only create large chandeliers on commission as people tend to want something specific in a commission…and again, they are quite expensive to make that I wait for those specific pieces.

This hand painted chandelier has grapes of many colors including red, violet, burgundy, green, yellow and blue plus song birds. The client also requested a humming bird or two and I did paint those for her though they are not normally part of my Vineyard Romance Series chandeliers. The large size of this piece allows for the extra grape colors and extra birds and dragonflies (which were painted from pictures from my pond). It photographed lovely and I really wanted to share it with you now! Thank you for looking at my newest, reverse painted glass chandelier in my Vineyard Romance Series.


Floravita Sedona Arizona Abstract Reverse Painted Chandelier P6032980

Arizona Contemporary, abstract reverse painted glass chandelier inspired by studio glass art movement


This is another design idea for my abstract reverse painted glass chandeliers that I’m very excited about. Arizona Contemporary is inspired by both concepts that I’ve had in my mind for a few years and design elements taken from the studio glass movement, which turns 50 years old this year!

Desert flowers alternate with colorful sections that are inspired by stringers in blown and fused glass. When this hand painted chandelier hangs, from some angles it appears to swirl and from other angles it appears like linear waves on a gentle lake. It has the colors of the Sedona, Arizona sunset and yet it’s contemporary, thus the name.

The studio glass arts movement formed in the early 70s. These wonderful artists pushed the boundaries of hot glass and are responsible for making blown glass and fused glass the popular art form that it is today. These are the same wonderful artists that I owe thanks for educating the public through art festivals on the value of glass art and that is the reason why younger artists like myself are able to successfully make a living. Through the art festival system, I know many veteran studio glass artists, some of which had studios of 10 assistants in their hey-day. These days a large glass art studio is expensive to run so many of these same artists (who at one point were selling over a million in glass art sales each year) are now down to one or two production assistants. I have exhibited my oil and watercolor paintings in tropical themes in art festivals in California since 2003. Blown and fused glass has always been one of the most collected art forms in these shows.

I’d like to also point out that the art form of reverse painted glass is not part of the studio glass movement—it was a very popular art form in the late 1800s and early 1900s, so it’s hey-day predates the studio glass arts movement by a few decades.

Thank you for spending the time to look at yet another one of my reverse painted glass chandeliers and thank you for reading my blog!

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Morning on Maui, new tropical reverse painted glass chandelier


Morning on Maui is my newest tropical reverse painted glass chandelier. This exotic piece incorporates all of my signature elements: red gingers, birds of paradise, orchids, palm fronds, wide leave tropical foliage, torch ginger, yellow ginger and a parrot. The colors are bold, cheerful and vibrant.

This painted chandelier will likely go down to my gallery in Santa Monica in June.

More images of Morning on Maui can be seen here.

This new tropical reverse painted glass chandelier includes an elegant hand-forged iron fixture, ceiling canopy and chain— is ready to be installed. You will love the quality and artistry of my work! I really put a lot of time into each and every single one of my hand painted glass chandeliers—they are true labors of love.


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Sedona Vortex abstract reverse painted glass chandelier


Sedona Vortex was born from an idea that’s been floating around in my mind for several years. My idea was to take alternating sections of flowers and color blocks and have them swirl in the glass. This is an original concept for my reverse painted glass chandeliers. It is a fusion of my abstract and flower subjects painted in the color palate of the Arizona desert.

My desert flowers look as if they will burst out of their sections. This is a very dynamic, lovely painted chandelier and I do plan to create many different pieces in this vein. As far as contemporary glass art goes, this is a brand new twist on a very classic idea. Swirling elements have been used in lighting and architecture for centuries.

Sedona Vortex, my newest abstract reverse painted glass chandelier will debut at my new desert art gallery soon—I’m very excited about this. Stay tuned for more details!!!

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developing styles for Floravita’s abstract reverse painted chandeliers


This has been a very creative and challenging Spring season. In the past several months I’ve had major creative break throughs in my abstract painted chandelier styles. As a professional artist, it’s important to me to have my own signature painting styles and that’s something that I’ve been developing through the years.

Successful artists like myself balance a lot when they work. They must keep their business going on all fronts as well as create commissions, create new works for their galleries and shows and also find time to explore the new ideas that my be percolating in their minds for years. For me, the “new” ideas also means experimenting with my iron fixture styles as well. It’s a lot to juggle! You have to keep all the other balls in the air, moving and there are days where the inspiration just isn’t there. On those days, I break.

Many of my “newest” chandelier concepts at any given time really come out of ideas that I’ve been developing in my mind for many years. This spring, the addition of two new galleries, both of which sell contemporary glass art, has finally given me the push that I needed to explore my reverse abstract painted chandelier concepts for these markets.  My “Circles” series is one distinct concept that I’m really enjoying right now and the chandeliers turn out delightful! I’m also currently exploring other abstract concepts that I’ve had in my mind for a long time and you can see those in my painted chandeliers section or in my future blogs. Sometimes it takes an outside push to move beyond of your comfort zone.

As I’ve said before, a lot of work goes into each of my reverse painted chandeliers! So spending valuable time in taking risks on new ideas isn’t always easy for me…but I’m finally at the point in a creative cycle where all of my thoughts are coming to the surface and they are highly developed ideas so my success rate has been 100% lately. Please check back for new works over the next two months—I promise that you will not be disappointed!

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New Abstract, Arizona, Sedona Vortex desert colors inspired painted glass night light


Creating “new” painted night lights has become a  favorite part of my creative time. This hand painted night light was originally concepted as one of two abstract pieces for a collector who already has three of my reverse painted abstract chandeliers.

I liked both designs so much that I decided to add them to my line of hand painted night lights. This particular piece has colors that are inspired by the Arizona, Sedona desert. Violets, reds, desert greens and sun yellow along with vortex symbols make for a lovely work of art.

This night light lights up beautifully! This is a small sample of my reverse painted chandeliers. If you love desert colors and abstracts then this piece could be for you! Only 33 plus 6 for shipping. Each of my painted night lights are hand-crafted here in my studio.

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Purple, Orange and Pink Geisha Painted Night Light


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.

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Bird of Paradise reverse painted glass night light


Need a little piece of paradise?

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!

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