Sunday, April 29, 2012

Mosaic Textures Amber

10" by 8" - Marble, smalti, stained glass, dalles de verre
Available at Santa Barbara School of Mosaic

This piece is the second in the series of textured mosaics. The image here is loosely based on an image of the SARS virus. A little morbid, I'm aware, but the fact of the matter is many viruses are absolutely beautiful in appearance. I'm quite fascinated by this fact; attractive thing can be toxic or deadly.

I've been having a great time trying to convey the images/subjects of these pieces using only texture and tone, while the hue remains the same. More on this tomorrow.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Mosaic Textures Blue

8" by 8"--Stained glass, marble, vitreous, smalti
Available at the Institute of Mosaic Art

This is the first of 6 mosaics in a series of mosaics exploring the use of texture. These pieces are designed to be examples for my upcoming classes in California. I'll be teaching in Oakland, Santa Barbara, and LA in the month of June. I've really been enjoying coming up with unusual mosaic texture concepts to share with my students.