Animal Tales Series

In the ANIMAL TALES Series I join my love of stories and my love of animals with my personal need to work with repurposed materials.  I create hand-drawn kiln processed glass paintings of animal portraits and merge them to manipulated used books, the titles of which are specific to the animal either in personality or in subject matter, and are often the titles of the piece.

(Black painted lines are done in Glass Paint. When color is present in the images > Reverse painting with oil or acrylic is used.)

Animal Tales - Hummingbird Heart

Animal Tales - Hummingbird Heart

Hummingbird Heart - 3 views 4"h x 5.25"d x 7.25"w Fun Fact : A hummingbirds average heart rate is more than 1,200 beats per minute. Angela Johnson’s novel BIRD has four characters, each with a "heart problem." The diminutive size of this text and the first character’s nickname “Hummingbird” led me to create this artwork.

Animal Tales - Hummingbird Heart  - back

Animal Tales - Hummingbird Heart - back

Hummingbird Heart Back View 4"h x 5.25"d x 7.25"w Fun Fact : A hummingbirds average heart rate is more than 1,200 beats per minute. Angela Johnson’s novel BIRD has four characters, each with a "heart problem." The diminutive size of this text and the first character’s nickname “Hummingbird” led me to create this artwork.

Animal Tales - Hummingbird Heart

Animal Tales - Hummingbird Heart

Hummingbird Heart Side & Back View 4"h x 5.25"d x 7.25"w Fun Fact : A hummingbirds average heart rate is more than 1,200 beats per minute. Angela Johnson’s novel BIRD has four characters, each with a "heart problem." The diminutive size of this text and the first character’s nickname “Hummingbird” led me to create this artwork.

Animal Tales - Hummingbird Heart

Animal Tales - Hummingbird Heart

Hummingbird Heart Side View 4"h x 5.25"d x 7.25"w Fun Fact : A hummingbirds average heart rate is more than 1,200 beats per minute. Angela Johnson’s novel BIRD has four characters, each with a "heart problem." The diminutive size of this text and the first character’s nickname “Hummingbird” led me to create this artwork.

Animal Tales - Hummingbird Heart

Animal Tales - Hummingbird Heart

Hummingbird Heart - Front view 4"h x 5.25"d x 7.25"w Fun Fact : A hummingbirds average heart rate is more than 1,200 beats per minute. Angela Johnson’s novel BIRD has four characters, each with a "heart problem." The diminutive size of this text and the first character’s nickname “Hummingbird” led me to create this artwork.

Animal Tales - Hummingbird Heart

Animal Tales - Hummingbird Heart

Hummingbird Heart Three more views 4"h x 5.25"d x 7.25"w Fun Fact : A hummingbirds average heart rate is more than 1,200 beats per minute. Angela Johnson’s novel BIRD has four characters, each with a "heart problem." The diminutive size of this text and the first character’s nickname “Hummingbird” led me to create this artwork.

Animal Tales - Waiting For You -  3 view

Animal Tales - Waiting For You - 3 view

5”h x 6” d x 8.5” w A white calico cat with blue eyes and a longing expression was the image chosen to be attached to the repurposed and manipulated book WAITING FOR YOU by Susane Colasanti. Sheet glass from a repurposed picture frame is resized to fit the book. The front of the piece of glass is then painted on the front with a black line drawing in glass/porcelain paint. The reverse side is painted in acrylic. The painted glass image is then permanently affixed to the book. Tiny clear reflec

Animal Tales - Waiting For You -  front

Animal Tales - Waiting For You - front

5”h x 6” d x 8.5” w A white calico cat with blue eyes and a longing expression was the image chosen to be attached to the repurposed and manipulated book WAITING FOR YOU by Susane Colasanti. Sheet glass from a repurposed picture frame is resized to fit the book. The front of the piece of glass is then painted on the front with a black line drawing in glass/porcelain paint. The reverse side is painted in acrylic. The painted glass image is then permanently affixed to the book. Tiny clear reflec

Animal Tales - Waiting For You - side vi

Animal Tales - Waiting For You - side vi

5”h x 6” d x 8.5” w A white calico cat with blue eyes and a longing expression was the image chosen to be attached to the repurposed and manipulated book WAITING FOR YOU by Susane Colasanti. Sheet glass from a repurposed picture frame is resized to fit the book. The front of the piece of glass is then painted on the front with a black line drawing in glass/porcelain paint. The reverse side is painted in acrylic. The painted glass image is then permanently affixed to the book. Tiny clear reflec

Animal Tales - Waiting For You -  back v

Animal Tales - Waiting For You - back v

5”h x 6” d x 8.5” w A white calico cat with blue eyes and a longing expression was the image chosen to be attached to the repurposed and manipulated book WAITING FOR YOU by Susane Colasanti. Sheet glass from a repurposed picture frame is resized to fit the book. The front of the piece of glass is then painted on the front with a black line drawing in glass/porcelain paint. The reverse side is painted in acrylic. The painted glass image is then permanently affixed to the book. Tiny clear reflec

Animal Tales - Waiting For You - side vi

Animal Tales - Waiting For You - side vi

5”h x 6” d x 8.5” w A white calico cat with blue eyes and a longing expression was the image chosen to be attached to the repurposed and manipulated book WAITING FOR YOU by Susane Colasanti. Sheet glass from a repurposed picture frame is resized to fit the book. The front of the piece of glass is then painted on the front with a black line drawing in glass/porcelain paint. The reverse side is painted in acrylic. The painted glass image is then permanently affixed to the book. Tiny clear reflec

Animal Tales - Waiting For You - side vi

Animal Tales - Waiting For You - side vi

5”h x 6” d x 8.5” w A white calico cat with blue eyes and a longing expression was the image chosen to be attached to the repurposed and manipulated book WAITING FOR YOU by Susane Colasanti. Sheet glass from a repurposed picture frame is resized to fit the book. The front of the piece of glass is then painted on the front with a black line drawing in glass/porcelain paint. The reverse side is painted in acrylic. The painted glass image is then permanently affixed to the book. Tiny clear reflec

Animal Tales - Paradox - 3 views

Animal Tales - Paradox - 3 views

15"w x 5"h x 7"d Not one, but a Pair of Mallard Ducks was chosen to be attached to the repurposed and manipulated book PARADOX by Catherine Coulter. Sheet glass from a repurposed picture frame is resized to fit the book. The front of the piece of glass is then painted on the front with a black line drawing in glass/porcelain paint. The reverse side is painted in acrylic. The painted glass image is then permanently affixed to the book. Feathers and rhinestones.

Animal Tales - Paradox - Front View

Animal Tales - Paradox - Front View

15"w x 5"h x 7"d Not one, but a Pair of Mallard Ducks was chosen to be attached to the repurposed and manipulated book PARADOX by Catherine Coulter. Sheet glass from a repurposed picture frame is resized to fit the book. The front of the piece of glass is then painted on the front with a black line drawing in glass/porcelain paint. The reverse side is painted in acrylic. The painted glass image is then permanently affixed to the book. Feathers and rhinestones.

Animal Tales - Paradox - Side View 1

Animal Tales - Paradox - Side View 1

15"w x 5"h x 7"d Not one, but a Pair of Mallard Ducks was chosen to be attached to the repurposed and manipulated book PARADOX by Catherine Coulter. Sheet glass from a repurposed picture frame is resized to fit the book. The front of the piece of glass is then painted on the front with a black line drawing in glass/porcelain paint. The reverse side is painted in acrylic. The painted glass image is then permanently affixed to the book. Feathers and rhinestones.

Animal Tales - Paradox - Side View 2

Animal Tales - Paradox - Side View 2

15"w x 5"h x 7"d Not one, but a Pair of Mallard Ducks was chosen to be attached to the repurposed and manipulated book PARADOX by Catherine Coulter. Sheet glass from a repurposed picture frame is resized to fit the book. The front of the piece of glass is then painted on the front with a black line drawing in glass/porcelain paint. The reverse side is painted in acrylic. The painted glass image is then permanently affixed to the book. Feathers and rhinestones.

Animal Tales - Paradox - Back View 2

Animal Tales - Paradox - Back View 2

15"w x 5"h x 7"d Not one, but a Pair of Mallard Ducks was chosen to be attached to the repurposed and manipulated book PARADOX by Catherine Coulter. Sheet glass from a repurposed picture frame is resized to fit the book. The front of the piece of glass is then painted on the front with a black line drawing in glass/porcelain paint. The reverse side is painted in acrylic. The painted glass image is then permanently affixed to the book. Feathers and rhinestones.

Animal Tales - Paradox - Back View

Animal Tales - Paradox - Back View

15"w x 5"h x 7"d Not one, but a Pair of Mallard Ducks was chosen to be attached to the repurposed and manipulated book PARADOX by Catherine Coulter. Sheet glass from a repurposed picture frame is resized to fit the book. The front of the piece of glass is then painted on the front with a black line drawing in glass/porcelain paint. The reverse side is painted in acrylic. The painted glass image is then permanently affixed to the book. Feathers and rhinestones.

Animal Tales - Paradox - detail view

Animal Tales - Paradox - detail view

15"w x 5"h x 7"d Not one, but a Pair of Mallard Ducks was chosen to be attached to the repurposed and manipulated book PARADOX by Catherine Coulter. Sheet glass from a repurposed picture frame is resized to fit the book. The front of the piece of glass is then painted on the front with a black line drawing in glass/porcelain paint. The reverse side is painted in acrylic. The painted glass image is then permanently affixed to the book. Feathers and rhinestones.

Animal Tales- Painting Process

Animal Tales- Painting Process

15"w x 5"h x 7"d Repurposed and manipulated book PARADOX by Catherine Coulter; repurposed sheet glass from picture frame painted with glass paint on front and reverse painted in acrylic on back then permanently affixed to the book. Feathers and rhinestones.

Animal Tales - The Lion and the Unicorn

Animal Tales - The Lion and the Unicorn

7.75"w x 5"h x 5.5"d A repurposed and manipulated book from 1904:THE LION AND THE UNICORN by Richard Harding Davis; repurposed sheet glass from picture frame painted with glass paint on front and reverse painted in acrylic on back then permanently affixed to the book. Mini pearls and gold balls adorn this fanciful piece.

Animal Tales - The Lion and the Unicorn

Animal Tales - The Lion and the Unicorn

7.75"w x 5"h x 5.5"d A repurposed and manipulated book from 1904:THE LION AND THE UNICORN by Richard Harding Davis; repurposed sheet glass from picture frame painted with glass paint on front and reverse painted in acrylic on back then permanently affixed to the book. Mini pearls and gold balls adorn this fanciful piece.

Animal Tales - The Lion and the Unicorn

Animal Tales - The Lion and the Unicorn

7.75"w x 5"h x 5.5"d A repurposed and manipulated book from 1904:THE LION AND THE UNICORN by Richard Harding Davis; repurposed sheet glass from picture frame painted with glass paint on front and reverse painted in acrylic on back then permanently affixed to the book. Mini pearls and gold balls adorn this fanciful piece.

Animal Tales - The Lion and the Unicorn

Animal Tales - The Lion and the Unicorn

7.75"w x 5"h x 5.5"d A repurposed and manipulated book from 1904:THE LION AND THE UNICORN by Richard Harding Davis; repurposed sheet glass from picture frame painted with glass paint on front and reverse painted in acrylic on back then permanently affixed to the book. Mini pearls and gold balls adorn this fanciful piece.

Animal Tales - The Lion and the Unicorn

Animal Tales - The Lion and the Unicorn

7.75"w x 5"h x 5.5"d A repurposed and manipulated book from 1904:THE LION AND THE UNICORN by Richard Harding Davis; repurposed sheet glass from picture frame painted with glass paint on front and reverse painted in acrylic on back then permanently affixed to the book. Mini pearls and gold balls adorn this fanciful piece.

Animal Tales - The Lion and the Unicorn

Animal Tales - The Lion and the Unicorn

7.75"w x 5"h x 5.5"d A repurposed and manipulated book from 1904:THE LION AND THE UNICORN by Richard Harding Davis; repurposed sheet glass from picture frame painted with glass paint on front and reverse painted in acrylic on back then permanently affixed to the book. Mini pearls and gold balls adorn this fanciful piece.

Animal Tales - The Lion and the Unicorn

Animal Tales - The Lion and the Unicorn

7.75"w x 5"h x 5.5"d A repurposed and manipulated book from 1904:THE LION AND THE UNICORN by Richard Harding Davis; repurposed sheet glass from picture frame painted with glass paint on front and reverse painted in acrylic on back then permanently affixed to the book. Mini pearls and gold balls adorn this fanciful piece.

Animal Tales - Pelican Brief - 3 views

Animal Tales - Pelican Brief - 3 views

7"h x 9.8"w x 7" d A repurposed and manipulated book THE PELICAN BRIEF by John Grisham; repurposed sheet glass from picture frame painted with glass paint on front and reverse painted in acrylic on back then permanently affixed to the book. Gold chain and glass beads adorn the piece.

Animal Tales - Pelican Brief - side1

Animal Tales - Pelican Brief - side1

7"h x 9.8"w x 7" d A repurposed and manipulated book THE PELICAN BRIEF by John Grisham; repurposed sheet glass from picture frame painted with glass paint on front and reverse painted in acrylic on back then permanently affixed to the book. Gold chain and glass beads adorn the piece.

Animal Tales - Pelican Brief- Front

Animal Tales - Pelican Brief- Front

7"h x 9.8"w x 7" d A repurposed and manipulated book THE PELICAN BRIEF by John Grisham; repurposed sheet glass from picture frame painted with glass paint on front and reverse painted in acrylic on back then permanently affixed to the book. Gold chain and glass beads adorn the piece.

Animal Tales - Pelican Brief- side2

Animal Tales - Pelican Brief- side2

7"h x 9.8"w x 7" d A repurposed and manipulated book THE PELICAN BRIEF by John Grisham; repurposed sheet glass from picture frame painted with glass paint on front and reverse painted in acrylic on back then permanently affixed to the book. Gold chain and glass beads adorn the piece.

Animal Tales - Pelican Brief- Back

Animal Tales - Pelican Brief- Back

7"h x 9.8"w x 7" d A repurposed and manipulated book THE PELICAN BRIEF by John Grisham; repurposed sheet glass from picture frame painted with glass paint on front and reverse painted in acrylic on back then permanently affixed to the book. Gold chain and glass beads adorn the piece.

Animal Tales - Flight of the Intruder  -

Animal Tales - Flight of the Intruder -

5”h x 9.25”w x 6.5”d A repurposed and manipulated book THE FLIGHT OF THE INTRUDER by Coonts; repurposed sheet glass from picture frame painted with glass paint on front and reverse painted in acrylic on back then permanently affixed to the book. Light blue glass beads and ornaments adorn the piece.

Animal Tales - Flight of the Intruder  -

Animal Tales - Flight of the Intruder -

5”h x 9.25”w x 6.5”d A repurposed and manipulated book THE FLIGHT OF THE INTRUDER by Coonts; repurposed sheet glass from picture frame painted with glass paint on front and reverse painted in acrylic on back then permanently affixed to the book. Light blue glass beads and ornaments adorn the piece.

Animal Tales - Who Moved My Cheese-  3 v

Animal Tales - Who Moved My Cheese- 3 v

4”h x 5.5”d x 8.5”w A repurposed and manipulated book WHO MOVED MY CHEESE by Spencer Johnson MD; repurposed sheet glass from picture frame painted with glass paint on front and reverse painted in acrylic on back then permanently affixed to the book. Rhinestones and glass beads adorn the piece.

Who Moved My Cheese

Who Moved My Cheese

4”h x 5.5”d x 8.5”w A repurposed and manipulated book WHO MOVED MY CHEESE by Spencer Johnson MD; repurposed sheet glass from picture frame painted with glass paint on front and reverse painted in acrylic on back then permanently affixed to the book. Rhinestones and glass beads adorn the piece.

Animal Tales- Who Moved My Cheese - thre

Animal Tales- Who Moved My Cheese - thre

4”h x 5.5”d x 8.5”w A repurposed and manipulated book WHO MOVED MY CHEESE by Spencer Johnson MD; repurposed sheet glass from picture frame painted with glass paint on front and reverse painted in acrylic on back then permanently affixed to the book. Rhinestones and glass beads adorn the piece.

Animal Tales -  Eats, Shoots and Leaves

Animal Tales - Eats, Shoots and Leaves

4”h x 5.5”d x 7.5”w A repurposed and manipulated book EATS, SHOOTS AND LEAVES by Lynne Truss; repurposed sheet glass from picture frame painted with glass paint on front and reverse painted in acrylic on back then permanently affixed to the book. Red Rhinstones and red glass adorn the piece.

Eats, Shoots and Leaves

Eats, Shoots and Leaves

4”h x 5.5”d x 7.5”w A repurposed and manipulated book EATS, SHOOTS AND LEAVES by Lynne Truss; repurposed sheet glass from picture frame painted with glass paint on front and reverse painted in acrylic on back then permanently affixed to the book. Red Rhinstones and red glass adorn the piece.

Animal Tales -Flights of Fancy SOLD

Animal Tales -Flights of Fancy SOLD

5”h x 10.5”w x 6.5”d A repurposed and manipulated book FLIGHTS OF FANCY by Kenneth von Gunden; repurposed sheet glass from picture frame painted with glass paint on front and reverse painted in acrylic on back then permanently affixed to the book. Red and yellow feathers adorn the piece.

Animal Tales -Flights of Fancy SOLD

Animal Tales -Flights of Fancy SOLD

5”h x 10.5”w x 6.5”d A repurposed and manipulated book FLIGHTS OF FANCY by Kenneth von Gunden; repurposed sheet glass from picture frame painted with glass paint on front and reverse painted in acrylic on back then permanently affixed to the book. Red and yellow feathers adorn the piece.

Animal Tales - Flights of Fancy SOLD

Animal Tales - Flights of Fancy SOLD

5”h x 10.5”w x 6.5”d A repurposed and manipulated book FLIGHTS OF FANCY by Kenneth von Gunden; repurposed sheet glass from picture frame painted with glass paint on front and reverse painted in acrylic on back then permanently affixed to the book. Red and yellow feathers adorn the piece.

Animal Tales -Flights of Fancy SOLD

Animal Tales -Flights of Fancy SOLD

5”h x 10.5”w x 6.5”d A repurposed and manipulated book FLIGHTS OF FANCY by Kenneth von Gunden; repurposed sheet glass from picture frame painted with glass paint on front and reverse painted in acrylic on back then permanently affixed to the book. Red and yellow feathers adorn the piece.

Path of the Cat

Path of the Cat

5”h x 8.5”w x 6”d

Path of the Cat

Path of the Cat

5”h x 8.5”w x 6”d

Path of the Cat

Path of the Cat

5”h x 8.5”w x 6”d

Strangers May Kiss SOLD

Strangers May Kiss SOLD

6”h x 7.5 ‘w x6”d

Strangers May Kiss SOLD

Strangers May Kiss SOLD

6”h x 7.5 ‘w x6”d

Strangers May Kiss SOLD

Strangers May Kiss SOLD

6”h x 7.5 ‘w x6”d

Strangers May Kiss SOLD

Strangers May Kiss SOLD

6”h x 7.5 ‘w x6”d

Do Penguins Have Knees

Do Penguins Have Knees

5”h x 8.5”w x 6”d

Do Penguins Have Knees

Do Penguins Have Knees

5”h x 8.5”w x 6”d

Do Penguins Have Knees

Do Penguins Have Knees

5”h x 8.5”w x 6”d

A-Junk-Yard-Dog

A-Junk-Yard-Dog

5.5”h x 6”d x 6.75”w

A-Junk-Yard-Dog

A-Junk-Yard-Dog

5.5”h x 6”d x 6.75”w

A-Junk-Yard-Dog

A-Junk-Yard-Dog

5.5”h x 6”d x 6.75”w

Sydney

Sydney

5”h x 8.5”w x 6”d

Sydney

Sydney

5”h x 8.5”w x 6”d

Sydney

Sydney

5”h x 8.5”w x 6”d

Sydney

Sydney

5”h x 8.5”w x 6”d Back View of book for Sydney

Mostly Harmless

Mostly Harmless

5”h x 8.5”w x 6”d

Animal Tales-Mostly Harmless -- view 2

Animal Tales-Mostly Harmless -- view 2

5”h x 8.5”w x 6”d

Mostly Harmless

Mostly Harmless

5”h x 8.5”w x 6”d Back view of Mostly Harmless

Little Men and Big Dogs

Little Men and Big Dogs

4.75h x 8.25”w x 6”d

Little Men and Big Dogs

Little Men and Big Dogs

4.75h x 8.25”w x 6”d

Little Men and Big Dogs

Little Men and Big Dogs

4.75h x 8.25”w x 6”d

Birds of Prey - SOLD

Birds of Prey - SOLD

5”h x 9.5”w x 6.5”d

Birds of Prey - SOLD

Birds of Prey - SOLD

5”h x 9.5”w x 6.5”d

Birds of Prey SOLD

Birds of Prey SOLD

5”h x 9.5”w x 6.5”d Back View

When Oriole Went to Boarding School

When Oriole Went to Boarding School

SOLD 4.75h x 7.5w x 5.5d

When Oriole Went to Boarding School

When Oriole Went to Boarding School

SOLD 4.75h x 7.5w x 5.5d

When Oriole Went to Boarding School

When Oriole Went to Boarding School

SOLD 4.75h x 7.5w x 5.5d

The-Austrailian  - SOLD

The-Austrailian - SOLD

SOLD 4.75h x 8”w x 5.5”d

The-Austrailian  - SOLD

The-Austrailian - SOLD

SOLD 4.75h x 8”w x 5.5”d

The-Austrailian  -  SOLD

The-Austrailian - SOLD

SOLD 4.75h x 8”w x 5.5”d

Dogs-Never-Lie-About-Love

Dogs-Never-Lie-About-Love

SOLD 7.25”h x 9.25”w x 6.75”d

Dogs-Never-Lie-About-Love

Dogs-Never-Lie-About-Love

SOLD 7.25”h x 9.25”w x 6.75”d

Dogs-Never-Lie-About-Love

Dogs-Never-Lie-About-Love

SOLD 7.25”h x 9.25”w x 6.75”d

An-Old-Fashion-Girl

An-Old-Fashion-Girl

SOLD 4.5”h x 5.75”d x 7”w

An-Old-Fashion-Girl

An-Old-Fashion-Girl

SOLD 4.5”h x 5.75”d x 7”w

An-Old-Fashion-Girl

An-Old-Fashion-Girl

SOLD 4.5”h x 5.75”d x 7”w

Animal Tales - Paradox - Front View

15"w x 5"h x 7"d Not one, but a Pair of Mallard Ducks was chosen to be attached to the repurposed and manipulated book PARADOX by Catherine Coulter. Sheet glass from a repurposed picture frame is resized to fit the book. The front of the piece of glass is then painted on the front with a black line drawing in glass/porcelain paint. The reverse side is painted in acrylic. The painted glass image is then permanently affixed to the book. Feathers and rhinestones.

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