Saturday, February 28, 2009

"Golden Leaf" - SOLD

"4" by 8" - Mosaic gold, contorno smalti, marble rocks
I've been doing mostly abstract pieces for the daily mosaic, and so when out of ideas today, I decided to "mosaic what I know", and go figurative. I've often done natural mosaics in the past, and I've done a lot of leaves. This leaf is quite different though, despite being something I've done a lot of. I think I like it's almost crude formation, so very different from the precision I've often had in the past. The smaller substrate also allowed me to indulge in mosaic gold, an expensive habit of mine.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

"Head Gear"

6" by 6" - Smalti, Eco Smalti, mosaic gold
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I finally have new boards cut for my daily mosaics, and so have a few new sizes to choose from, rather than the endless 6" by 7". I went really out on a limb, as you can see, and chose a 6" by 6" board today. Interestingly enough, I went in the studio to produce something in green, blue, and yellow, and this is what happened. Sometimes I really don't think I get to choose what I do, it just happens.
Sort of like this name; this is what happens when I let my siblings help name a mosaic. It was "Head Gear" or "Chiclets on Magma". Hmmmm.....

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

"Sedimentary, My Dear" - SOLD

7" by 6" - Eco Smalti, marble, mosaic gold

February 26: Wow, a picture that looks right. I really enjoyed making this one after the purple of the previous day. Don't get me wrong, I love purple, but warmer tones are often my favorites. Like a couple of other daily mosaics, this one could result in a large piece some day.
February 25: Alright, this one will have to be a surprise for tomorrow. I didn't manage to finish this one before dark, and thus, my picture is just crap. No amount of color correcting will help it, and what I can manage isn't even good enough to post as a tomorrow I will be posting TWO mosaics. I'm actually pretty pleased with today's so I don't want to spoil it by putting up a terrible photo.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

"Endangered Grape" - SOLD

6" by 7" - Amethyst, quartz, Eco Smalti
Okay, this one is weird, even for me. I nearly named it "Death of Barney". But I've always been amazed by the purples that are possible with the eco smalti, colors that no other glass has. I may have gone overboard by putting the whole thing together with purple thinset, but I guess it was a purple sort of day. As the Eco Smalti is no longer in production, "Endangered Grape" it truly is.

Monday, February 23, 2009

"One Man's Trash"

6" by 7" - Marble, smalti roti, mosaic gold

I've had a bag of smalti roti for a very long time. These are the "off cuts" of smalti production, like the edges of the smalti pizza, the pieces with wonky bubbles, and other cast offs. They are a necessary evil in the production of smalti, and are sold off very cheaply, like smalti trash. With a little marble, and some gold, I think they have a renewed life, no?

Sunday, February 22, 2009

"Red Tree"- SOLD

6" by7" - Eco Smalti, marble rocks

Okay, this is a huge departure for me, unlike anything I've ever created. But, I had this idea last night, and it wouldn't let go, so I decided to try it out. Unusually, it also is very close to how I pictured it, with the exception of the thinset being just a tetch too dark. Most of the time, when I have an idea in my head, the reality of the mosaic is so different, but this time, I came very close.

Friday, February 20, 2009

"Reaching" - SOLD

6" by 7" - Dichroic glass and marble

I just got a big shipment of dichroic glass, and there was a texture in there that I'd never seen in person: herringbone ripple. I thought the ripples looked like branches or roots. Some clever cutting, and I managed to extract individual ripples. And then, because I'm a sucker for dichro and marble, I paired it with black marble. Another day of working with materials I love.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

"Fire and Ice" - SOLD

6" by 7" - Mexican Smalti, quartz crystals, dalle de verre
Not blah today! Just thrilled to be in the studio, creating. Used bright red thinset, this cool dalle de verre stuff my friend Sophie Drouin gave me, and quartz points, one of my faves. Lots of interesting technical challenges, and I was almost sad to be done. All in all, a good day.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

"Ammonite Impact" - SOLD

6" by 7" - Ammonite fossil, Eco Smalti, mosaic gold

I was feeling a bit stuck today, sort of blah. Went to my treasure chest of mosaic materials and discovered the ammonite fossil I'd been saving was broken. More blah. But then I realized, "Wait, I'm a mosaicist, I can put it back together!"

And so I did, and surrounded it with Eco smalti and colored mosaic gold, two of my favorite materials, which made me feel better.

Monday, February 16, 2009

"Serene Landscape"

6" by 7" - Marble, quartz, glass microtile

After 2 days of really colorful mosaics, I decided to go more muted with this one. The marble is a beautiful gray pink streaky one called Salome. I've had it for several years, but have never used it. Discovering it again in my studio today was a little like receiving a new present, like clothes you forgot you owned.

Friday, February 13, 2009

"Red Rivers" - SOLD

7" by 6" - Eco Smalti, Marble

I tried a couple different laying techniques with this piece, one very modern, and one fairly traditional. I love the contrast it creates, adding to the contrast of the bold color vs. muted, and the shiny smalti vs. the marble. I also just love the speckles in the Eco--the little bits of blue in there give the piece all three primary colors, which is gives a sense of completion. Also fixed the picture from yesterday's mosaic today--MUCH better.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

"Copper Fireworks" - SOLD

7" by 6" - Copper, Eco Smalti
I'm not entirely pleased with the picture of this, as I had to take it inside--usually I take my pictures in natural lighting on my porch. I may retake it again tomorrow. I do love working with the Eco smalti, and just love how you can create tesserae of any shape you want from it. This piece also shows my love of complementary colors again....
PS: This is the new picture, posted Feb 13. MUCH better.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

"Twin Moons" - SOLD

6" by 7" - marble, smalti, mosaic gold

This picture is a little more purple than I'd like it to be. In particular, the Orsoni Black Gold is quite purple in this picture. A friend of mine suggested that since I'd done a few light marble pieces, I should do a black one--so I did.

Monday, February 9, 2009


6" by 7" -dichroic glass and marble
I'm probably best known for my work with dichroic glass and marble. I love this combination, the contrast of shiny to matte, textured to smooth, color to neutral. I've also been working at getting away from "classical" mosaic laying techniques, and trying to vary things more. I think I managed to do this with the background here.

Saturday, February 7, 2009

"Nugget" - SOLD

6" by 7" - Pyrite nuggets, Mexican Smalti, Eco Smalti

I hadn't really worked with the speckled Eco Smalti until now, and now I'm lamenting that Bisazza isn't making it anymore. I'm a big fan of complementary colors, and to find a smalti that has its complement right in the tile is just dreamy. The Mexican smalti in the center is the same red I worked with 2 days ago with "The Watchers". Embarrassingly, they are the snippets I picked up off my studio floor. See lack of tidiness comes in handy once in awhile!

Friday, February 6, 2009

"Lined up"

7" by 6" - picture rocks, mosaic gold and marble

Last year at the SAMA conference I purchased a bag of these picture rocks from Bill Buckingham at the Mosaic Rocks vendor booth. His booth is always full of these sorts of goodies. As I was beginning this second artwork, and was searching through my "treasure trove" of interesting tesserae, I came upon them. They are so cool that I thought they needed very little embellishment, just a bit of marble and a touch of gold.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

"The Watchers" -SOLD

6" by 7" - Marble and Mexican Smalti

This is the first mosaic in my mosaic a day project. There is something really freeing about working so small. Maybe it's the low level of commitment--I usually work on pieces that take days to produce. I can just experiment and play with the materials in this format. This is going to be fun. Man, I love working with large chunks of smalti!