Wednesday, March 30, 2011

"Breaking Through"

6" by 5"- Stained glass, sea spikes, quartz points, glass threads, copper
Okay, admittedly, this piece was not done in one day.  There were actually 4 steps involved: mosaicking the background, grouting the background, gluing in the copper bits, letting that dry, then gluing in the spiky bits.  So it's a bit of cheat, although total time was no more than I usually spend on a MAD.  I just love sea spikes, and I really liked incorporating the little bits of copper.

Friday, March 25, 2011


5" by 8"- Eco smalti, dalles de verre, split pebbles
Originally, as I created this mosaic, I had the image rotated 90 degrees clockwise, so the red pulse line was on the bottom.  As so often happens, I discovered after finishing that I preferred the piece in this orientation.  But mostly, I really love the magic of cutting rocks in half with my hammer and hardie, which is an upended chisel with a mosaic specific mason's hammer. It's my all time favorite tool.

Monday, March 21, 2011

"The Reds of Nature"

6" by 6"- Marble, garnet, calcite, zippumite, obsidian and other red rocks and stones
So I guess this week is about working with natural elements.  After a couple more, I'll be thrilled to get back to glass.  Might have to make about five glass only mosaics after this, just to settle the score.  Moreover, I'm enjoying these "variations on a theme" that I'm working on.  I suspect I'll create a few more themes in the not too distant future to work on.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

"The Blues of Nature"

7" by 5"- Marble, lapis lazuli, celestine, cyanite, sodalite
I enjoyed the challenge of working in one color in all natural materials, so I've decided to try it in a few colors.  Here is that concept in nature's blues.  Although I like the design I came up with, I wish I had used slightly smaller marble pieces, which I think would have put more focus on the cyanite and lapis segments.  One thing I do love about this project is how much I learn!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

"The Greens of Nature"

6" by 5"- Marble, malachite, fluorite, fuchsite, and other green natural stones
Okay, I'm back!  In an effort to get in the studio more, I'm reviving the Mosaic a Day project.  This project is so good at exercising the brain to think creatively, and I'm definitely in need of some of that.  I'm aiming this time for just 3 mosaics a week, in order to work in on larger pieces as well. 
So in thematic St. Paddy's Day style, I give you the greens of nature.  All the pieces are naturally occuring rock and stone.  I hardly ever create my focal point to the right hand side of my art works, and so this was a challenging departure for me. I'm going to have to try this again, for I like the result.
I also want to mention that I'm scheduled in April to teach the techniques I've learned throughout the course of the project at the Institute of Mosaic Art in Oakland, CA.  I taught this course there last year in June, and we had such a marvelous time.  For more information, visit IMA's website.