Thursday, July 30, 2009

"Untitled"- NFS

6" by 5" - Mexican and Eco Smalti

I did it, I finally did it! I finally achieved proper "Spilimbergo" modern style. Of course, then I had to go auction it off to raise money for art scholarships at a college I teach at every summer, which is why it isn't for sale. But it's super abstract, super pleasing to the eye (well, my eye at least), and I love it.

Which brings me to the the contrast and compare part of today's blog entry. While looking at this one, I was struck by how far I've come in 6 1/2 years of mosaic. Here, for your viewing pleasure, is my first mosaic, from January of 2003:

A wee bit of a difference, no?

Monday, July 27, 2009

"Teeny Bit of Pride" - NFS

Approx. 1 3/4" by 1 3/8" - Dichroic glass, stained glass, filati and marble on sterling silver base
Okay, so I jumped the gun on returning to the mosaic a day project. I just wrapped up a week of teaching in Red Deer, AB. My students were amazing, and produced wonderful mosaics, despite most of them having no experience with the medium.
This piece is a commission based on a pendant that I sold at the SAMA conference. Both pendants are based on a piece I did a few years back, called "Pride", a huge peacock feather with a marble background. I may need to create one of these pendants for myself someday....

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

"Onwards and Upwards"- SOLD

8" by 5" - Ammonite, Eco and Mexican smalti, dichro, gold, turquoise, marble
I'm BAA-AACK! After a month and a half hiatus, I decided it was high time that I rebooted the Mosaic a Day project. Having said that, I plan on downsizing to four mosaics a week for the next couple of months. Canadian summers are so short that I have to enjoy it while I can. I will also be working on converting the garage into a teaching studio in August, so I expect that will eat up an extra chunk of time as well.
I don't know if I've mentioned it, but turquoise and red is probably my favorite color combo in the world.