Monday, November 21, 2011

Coldwater Creek "Meet the Artist" Exhibit

On November 18th, I was honored to be invited to collaborate with Coldwater Creek for a "Meet the Artist" day.  

The location was Fayette Mall in Lexington ~ the largest shopping mall under one roof in Kentucky.

The store managers Donna, Tracy and Joey were all gracious host, pampering me with first rate accommodations. Being around retail for the day, brought back many fond memories. When I first graduated from college, I worked for a large department store as a fashion illustrator. Fashion will always be my first love.

As an added bonus, Coldwater Creek promoted my art before and during the exhibit. This proved to be an excellent venue to exhibit my original designs and latest holiday "functional art" gifts. Plus, it gave me a great opportunity to meet new customers.

After strolling through the nearby department stores, it is easy to see why so many women enjoy shopping at Coldwater Creek.

Coldwater Creek's beautiful merchandise last forever and colors from past seasons always coordinate with their newest fashions. 

Coldwater Creek's displays and friendly customer service make shopping an enjoyable experience. I hope to be invited back one day to showcase my latest artwork. Thanks again, Tracy for inviting me and creating such a wonderful venue for GG's Functional Art!

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Hummingbird Delight with Sunflowers by GG Burns

Hummingbird shows us how to re-visit the past for the purpose of 
releasing it instead of being caught in a permanently backward flight 
pattern. It also helps us to see that if we step aside we may see our 
life differently. Hummingbird teaches us to transcend time, to recognize 
that what has happened in the past and what might happen in the 
future is not nearly as important as what we are experiencing now. 
It teaches us to hover in the moment, to appreciate its sweetness.  
- Constance Barrett Sohodski

Original art 12" x 12", acrylic and alcohol inks on ceramic tile 

Sunday, September 4, 2011

How Sweet It Is ... SweetGum Leaf Art by GG

Autumn generates a sense of excitement for many artist. The bounteous combination of leaves turning from gold, to orange, to red and then to brown ... is like a palette of paints just waiting to be brushed on a canvas. 

Stanley Horowitz expressed it best, Winter is an etching, spring a watercolor, summer an oil painting and autumn a mosaic of them all.

Adding these dried leaves, "especially Sweet Gum Leaves", to my work has been a favorite form of art for many years. Their colors inspire me ... they motivate me to create as I discover new ways to capture them before they have vanished under a blanket of snow.

As a child, I glued them to greeting cards or attempted to reproduce them in clay. Later as a digital designer, I photographed them and edited hundreds of layers and patterns while adding them to my marketing materials.

Now, I add them to my "functional art" coasters and trivets and seal them in 4-5 coats of resin. Prices range $40 as set of coaster or $25-$40 for larger trivet sizes.

They will remain the way they tumbled to the earth, for many years to come ... long after I'm gone. It's my small way of preserving nature and saying thanks to "Mother Nature" for allowing me to enjoy these small gifts ... as I make it through the journey of life.

Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.  ~ Albert Camus

Adding resin to my coasters and trivets is how I preserve nature as well as making my art a functional object.

Friday, September 2, 2011

Painting a Dance with Magical Humming Birds

Lately, I've had several request for humming bird art. Several times, I have attempted to paint these lovely creatures using watercolors, but I'm not satisfied with the outcome as I am when I mix alcohol inks and Lumiere Metallic inks on ceramic tiles. Painting these tiny birds "in flight" is a true labor of love. The first 3 of these images are 6"x6" and can be used as a trivet, candle holder or as an art object ~ to brighten up a room in your home or office. The last 2 images are 4"x4", and can be used for coasters. All are topped in a durable coat of resin and backed with matching felt.

Purchase prints here:

A flash of harmless lightning, A mist of rainbow dyes, The burnished sunbeams brightening From flower to flower he flies. Quote by - John Banister Tabb

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Quick as a humming bird is my love, Dipping into the hearts of flowers She darts so eagerly, swiftly, sweetly Dipping into the flowers of my heart. Quote by - James Oppenheim

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Affordable custom gifts by GG last a lifetime!

Someone asked recently if I designed custom coasters and trivets or other custom paintings? The answer is YES and I have for years! I have created dozens of custom "functional Art" coasters and trivets for weddings, graduation, baptism, baby shower gifts. Other favorites include granny's favorite pics ... pets galore ... cats, dogs, horses, wedding dresses, bridesmaid gifts ... you name it. These are just a few. Contact me for more info through my Facebook pages:FACEBOOK PAGE:

I can work from high res photos, just send them through email. The prices range from $15 each for the 4.5" coasters to $20 - $30 each, for the 6" trivets. A set of 4 coasters, (4.5" size) with similar photos can be ordered for $50/set.  Hand -painted pets or people, (not photo collage mixed with brightly color inks) range from $40 each to $120, depending on size of trivet or canvas, etc.

All have hand-painted abstract backgrounds, words or favorite quotes can be added and they are finished with several coasts of durable poly resin. Additional charges will be added if Photoshop editing is needed. Felt is added to the back to help reduce scratches to furniture as well as protects from breakage if dropped. Shipping does not apply to these prices.

Custom illustrations or paintings start at $40-$95 depending on size, medium, etc.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

BE a Work of Art ... or WEAR a Work of Art!

Just added one of my designs on ... buy it here:

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Painting "Functional Art" Garden Delights

The "Echinacea purpurea", or pink coneflower ... is a perennial with bright pink flowers that attract bees and butterflies.  I have enjoyed growing these in my garden since moving to Kentucky.  I have captured dozens of photos of butterflies on these flowers over the years ... so I am finally painting them on my 4" ceramic tiles. This is a grouping I just finished. One is an abstract of a tiger lily in the same color combination.

This original art is sold, but prints on high quality paper or canvas can be purchased here: