Monday, August 1, 2011

Monthly Mosaic Blog

Even though it's summer I have been able to find some time for mosaics! A few weeks ago I sat on our porch and drew up some pictures of our view and our 3 birch trees. This is one of my favorite places to sit and I love looking out over our lake. I thought this would be a colorful and playful mosaic design.

So... I started working on it for a show coming up for our mosaic guild in September. The theme of the show is nature so thought this would be very fitting. I decided not to go with the circles on the bottom instead I used more organic forms to represent the foilage. I cut all the shapes out and then used the glass grinder to grind EVERY piece. It was a little time consuming but I like the organic feel. Now onto the birch trees, so far I like how they are turning out. I hope this is not too much detail for a mosaic but I'm just going to keep plugging along with it.

Here is a butterfly that I finished TODAY in about 2-1/2 hours! I just saw that Eve Lynch is having a call for art for butterflies to go into an installation piece for a Nature center in Fort Myers so I thought it would be fun to be part of it! It's due next week. We don't grout it she will using black grout which will bring this little mosaic together more.

Here's a mosaic I did just for fun. It's an 8 x 8. I used vitreous and Karma tiles along with a few pieces of stained glass and mirror.

I have been so filled with ideas lately that I feel like working all the time, but I know I need to enjoy summer while its here. I find I have been so inspired by many things lately. I am amazed how by making art your eyes open up to the details in the world around you, even on my daily walks I can't help but think about mosaics looking at the cloud colors and shapes, trees, house designs, flowers etc.

I have also been listening to podcasts like George Fishmans mosaic of art radio show and some other art podcasts that interview artists. It has been very inspirational!

Plan for the month

-finish birch tree piece

-keep drawing and using my watercolor pencils

-visit the Bemiji Event Center to see Barbara Keiths mosaic design (I'm going to a friends cabin up there)

-Upload some more art podcasts for my walks

-make a couple mini mosaics

-say goodbye to our college bound daughter (sniffle, sniffle)

Quote of the month

"Peace. It does not mean to be a place where there is no noise, trouble or hard work. It means to be in the midst of those things and still be calm in your heart."