Saturday, September 15, 2012

Ammolite Towers

3" by 4.5"-Marble, ammolite
Available for Purchase at Carrot Community Coffee House

I made this piece awhile ago, and just haven't gotten around to posting it.  I'm fairly fond of it, for a couple of reasons.  First, the "towers" are of ammolite, which is considered the gemstone of my province, Alberta.  While it can be found elsewhere, such as Russia, none of it is as nice as the specimens found in Alberta.  Nice specimens are almost as bright and color changing as dichroic glass.  These two pieces are of pretty low quality, but a fellow gave them to me quite randomly because he knew I liked rocks.   I also like that the background in this piece, while seemingly varied in colour, is in fact all the same kind of marble.

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Friday, September 14, 2012

Mini Shag

3.5" by 2.5"- Smalti, dichroic glass fusions
Available for Purchase at Carrot Community Coffee House

I've been experimenting with a new mosaic style that I like to call shag carpet.  I'm sure some mosaic artist/wordsmith will come up for the perfect technical "opus" for it.  For the non mosaic artists, there are a variety of mosaic "opera" that have fancy latin names; basically it boils down to how the pieces are laid.  Opus Shaggeum, perhaps?

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Thursday, September 13, 2012

Wee Landscape

2.5" by 3.5"- Dalles de Verre, pearls, Eco Smalti
Available for Purchase at Carrot Community Coffee House

Okay, got going on some wee mosaics again.  I'm gearing up for the Christmas season art shows, and so am needing some smaller pieces to go with my larger ones. So I thought going even smaller than the standard Mosaic a Day size, which averages about 6" by 6", would be fun.  I admit it's both a challenge and a delight to work this small.   Trying to say something in so few tesserae is certainly interesting.  I find myself creating these smallish landscapes of sorts. 

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