Monday, March 16, 2009

"Go Forth and Conquer" SOLD

9" by 4"- Mexican Smalti, Dichroic Glass, Marble

Sometimes not being able to sleep is a good thing. When I can't get to sleep, I try to convince my brain to come up with the daily mosaic. This is what my brain dreamed up at 5:30am this morning. Interestingly enough, I fell asleep shortly afterwards.
On another note, I will be suspending the daily mosaic until my return from the SAMA conference in San Diego. Between working more shifts than usual at my part-time job, teaching two classes, and getting ready for the conference, I have a lot on my plate this coming week. My husband and sister reminded me that I'm not Superwoman (dang, I try), and suggested that I focus on the conference. I may have one more mosaic before I leave, so keep your eyes open!

Friday, March 13, 2009

"Amethyst Rose" -SOLD

6" by 7" - Amethyst, transparent glass, Eco Smalti, Rocks
As I arranged these amethyst pieces, they suddenly looked like a flower. I put them together with these jade green and speckled purple Eco Smalti, hoping the effect would be a little like flourite. The rocks were added because I thought it needed a little depth.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

"This Fish Would Sink"

6" by 6"- Broken Pyrite Sun, Smalti Contorno, gold, stained glass, millefiori
...if it really had pyrite for fins! I apologize for the lack of a mosaic yesterday--there should have been one, but I decided to take a sick day due to my horrible cold.
If my husband had his way, I would just mosaic fish. He loves fish, which may have something to do with him being a Pisces. Since it was his birthday this week, I decided to mosaic a fish.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

"Copper Cosine" - SOLD

7" by 6" - Copper, Eco Smalti, Orsoni Smalti, Marble
Okay, this was just pure fun. I've never played with copper stripping, and now I can't wait to discover more of its properties. It actually made these curls just by cutting it, which astounded me, because I had planned to curl the little strips! The copper protrudes about an inch from the board, so I've tiled underneath as well. I have new appreciation for artists like Lynne Chinn who tile inside of something.

Monday, March 9, 2009

"Something Better" - SOLD

6" by 7" - Pyrite Sun (broken), mosaic gold, stained glass

I'll admit, this sun came to me broken, actually, I ordered it broken. Putting gold in between "fool's gold" just seemed natural to me. Then I sat back and realized, "Hey, life's like that." So often in life we are upset to have something beautiful "broken", like relationships, jobs, or a favorite teacup, but just as often something even more beautful arises from the ashes of the break. I usually find that this new thing is something better than what I was holding on to, just as the gold is "more precious" than the fool's gold. Maybe the desire to create something beautiful out of something broken is why I am drawn to this crazy art form.

On a technical note, I really struggled with the background for this one. Nothing seemed to work. Let me know what you think.

Friday, March 6, 2009


6" by 7" - Smalti, glass, copper, millefiori, marble
I had really been anticipating this looking more wing-like, and I was going to name it, well, "Wing". But when I looked at it again, it wasn't quite what I had envisioned. Now I think it looks like a topographical map, so "Climbing" seemed appropriate. I guess I'll have to try again for the wing.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

"Leaving the Party" - SOLD

5" by 7" - Marble, glass tile, galena, metal thingies
I've had these metal things for years. I can't remember their name, but I love their amoeba-like shapes. Add in some galena from the box of goodies I got yesterday (that's the shiny gray-black stuff), a shot of red, and some white marble, and there you have it, the first mosaic of the second month of this project. Yep, I've made it a whole month. I don't think I've ever been this productive in my life!

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

"Rock Garden"- SOLD

7" by 7" - Rocks, quartz, pyrite, and more rocks
I'm so glad I waited to work on this one. I was up early, fresh, and could really enjoy the process. I don't think I've ever produced a mosaic with so few cuts--just a couple of quartz points needed trimming. Everyone keeps emailing me as to which mosaic is their favorite, and this one is up there for me. And I just got a new shipment of fun goodies from Bill at, so I can't wait to play tomorrow. The ideas are really flowing now--if you ever get stuck, just force yourself into the studio for awhile and the ideas start coming, so it seems.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

"Aflame" - SOLD

6" by 6" - Stained glass, glass tile
Okay, I freely admit this is a bit of a cheat. This piece was not created today, actually couldn't have been created in one day, as it is grouted. I did modify this piece recently by darkening the grout, as it had been much too light. However, I was just exhausted today, having just packed all the tile I am sending to San Diego for the Vendor Market at the SAMA conference, and I really liked the idea I had for the next mosaic, and wanted make sure that I did it justice. This just means that there is a really cool mosaic coming tomorrow.

Monday, March 2, 2009

"Egypt Rising"- SOLD

5" by 9" - Mexican and Eco Smalti, mosaic gold, marble

This piece was one that I envisioned while napping that turned out completely different than in my brain. As I worked, the mosaic seemed to take on an Ancient Egyptian-esque feel. As so much of Egypt's monuments were built from sandstone, I felt it only fitting to finish it off in large blocks of sand colored marble.