Sunday, May 31, 2009

"Shards"

6" by 7" - Marble, mosaic gold (reversed), amazonite, glass
I'm still enjoying creating these rhythmic pieces, but decided to mix it up a little by varying the marble color in a non random, deliberate way. I always want these pieces to impart a sense of tranquility, and this one does that, I think.
On another topic, I will be taking a break from mosaic a day beginning later this week to work on a large backsplash project that I've been putting off. I would be happy to blog my progress on that if people are interested. Let me know!

Thursday, May 28, 2009

"Mardi Gras" - SOLD

6" by 7" - Glass, Lapis lazuli, quartz, amber
A number of people really liked "Layered" from a couple days ago, so I thought I'd try the concept again. It's quite a lot of fun to see what happens when you layer glass. My husband thought this looked very festival-like, so we named it "Mardi Gras". Tomorrow it's back to marble. I start feeling a little weird when I haven't used any in a while.
By the way, does anyone know what the metal thingy from yesterday's "space ship" is?

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

"Ground Control to Major Tom" *- SOLD

* With apologies to David Bowie
7" by 7" - Dichroic glass and thingies, metal thingies, semi precious stone
Those who know me well, know I have a very silly side. I usually curtail it for my artwork, but today it had to come out. So I present a very silly mosaic.
Having said that, I asked all my mosaic friends to bring me weird things to put in my daily mosaics. I suspect that some of the items were a bit of a joke, but I intend to dutifully use them all. This piece features a couple of the more unusual items.

Monday, May 25, 2009

"Layered" -SOLD

7" by 6" - Various glass, quartz points, peridot

I've seen a number of mosaic artist layer glass for incredible effect. I played with this concept in "Penguins Marching" and "Mountain Lake", but hadn't yet tried something abstract. Layering is definitely interesting and a lot of fun, so I may have to explore this concept some more at some point.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

"Secondary Amoebas" - SOLD

7" by 6" - Eco Smalti, mosaic gold, amethyst, calcite

Putting all the primary colors in a design is pretty easy. I've done it many a time. However, I've always admired those artists who manage to put all the secondary colors in a piece, which is a much harder task. This is my attempt to do so, and I think it worked out. In hindsight, I wish I had eliminated either one of the orange tones or one of the grean tones--it's a bit busy for a mosaic of this scale.

Friday, May 22, 2009

"Baby Lodes" - SOLD

7" by 6" - Pyrite, marble, Eco Smalti
Okay, apparently I couldn't wait to play with this idea again. I just love these "veins" of pyrite I've been creating. I may have to try this on a large scale at some point.
On another topic, a big thank you to everyone who emails me or writes blog comments. They really do keep me going, and I love to hear what people think of what I've done that day. I often hear how I've inspired someone, and hearing these sorts of things "inspires" me to continue what I am doing.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

"Mother Lode" - SOLD

6" by 7" - Pyrite, calcite, Eco Smalti

I finished my day too late yesterday to post, so I'm posting yesterday's piece this morning. I really enjoyed working on this one. The color palette is a bit unusual for me, but I like the way all the elements work together here. I might have to play with this idea again in the not too distant future.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

"Scarab"

7" by 6" - Marble, mosaic gold, pearls, semiprecious stone, quartz, glass, funky scarab thingy
In a former mosaic life, I created a lot of mosaic mirrors that I called "Wall Jewelry". My materials have changed a lot since then, but I decided to try to see if the wall jewelry idea would still work with what I use now to create my mosaics. I think it does, although the balance seems slightly off in this piece.
I also sharpened my hammer and hardie today, so can't WAIT to play tomorrow.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

"Sundial" - SOLD

6" by 6" - Ammonite, sea urchin spines, marble
I've been suffering from a lot of fatigue lately. This could be partly due to my ridiculous schedule, but partially is probably an issue of low iron. But somehow, I am managing to keep up the project, which makes me pretty pleased. There is something about this particular piece that I find really quite calming, and it's creation practically seemed to happen without me; it was one of those times where I suddenly realized I was done already.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

"Flame and Lime" - SOLD

6" by 7" - Cut beach glass, Eco Smalti
This was a bit of an experiment, but I liked how it turned out. I had some beach glass that had a lot of curve to it, and it made really cool semi circle thingies when I cut it. Of course I had to try to piece it together, and this is what happened. Then I just figured it needed its color complement to really pop. And how could I turn down an excuse to use a lot of lime green?

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

"Abacus"- SOLD

6" by 6" - Smalti, mosaic gold, pearls, beach glass

I cried "Uncle" yesterday and did not do a daily mosaic as scheduled. Since starting my sale on Mosaic Outpost, I have been inundated with orders to pack. This is a good thing, but all the busy work, plus my part time waitress job made me just too tired to do justice to a mosaic.
But I like today's piece a lot, even if I hate photographing and color correcting deep blues. My camera just does not like them at all, and the color still isn't correct. This piece could have potential as a larger piece; if you look back you'll see I've played with a similar concept a couple of times throughout the project.

Monday, May 11, 2009

"Art Imitating Life 2"

6" by 7" - Smalti, Mosaic Gold, Picture Rock
I really enjoyed doing the art imitating life from yesterday, so I decided to try another one. I tried to get a really close up photo of the rock I used as my design, but I couldn't manage to get it close up enough. I like how it turned out, but I think yesterday's was better.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

"Art Imitating Life" -SOLD

7" by 6" - Mexican Smalti, Jasper

I've not worked much with Mexican smalti. I discovered, however, that I love it. It has two usable sides, and they tend to be slightly different colors, which greatly expands the color palette. It's hard to tell in this photo, but I was trying to imitate the nuances of the jasper with the background. I may have accomplished it, but you do have to squint a bit.

Friday, May 8, 2009

"Downstream" - SOLD

6" by 7" - Smalti, kyanite
I've been doing a lot of mosaics with red in them lately, so thought I should get out of the red rut. Also thought it was time to try some "flow-ier" andamento. Sadly, the kyanite stone and slivers didn't really end up adding much to this piece.
I've had a few questions as to my substrate and finishing. I use either 1/2" plywood (birch) or MDF as my substrate for these mosaics. After scoring the mosaic side and sealing all sides, I paint the backs and sides a flat black. This gets masked off before mosaicking, so I get a clean edge. Before shipping, I attach a baby sawtooth hanger to the back.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

"Squares" - NSF

Approx 2.3" by 0.7" - Glass tile, mosaic gold, silverplate base
NSF
My sister wanted this one, so unfortunately, it's not for sale. I'm getting better and better at gradients, I think. To do one over about 2 1/4" is pretty small scale, but it worked. The teeny black tiles are the Carrolton tiles I sell, but with embedded millefiori.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

"Gas Line Anger"

7" by 5" - Brass gas fitting, glass shards, marble, colored thinset

Today has not been a good day. Through a number of convoluted events, including a failed gas inspection on our barbeque and range, we discovered that a permit was never obtained on the gas line to the gas range we have. Add on a gas company saying we owe them for installation (we paid cash), a gas line we are unsure about now, and a dog in heat, and you get the picture as to my mood. So I give you "Gas Line Anger".

Interestingly enough, I had intended to go all the way to the edges with the marble. But then suddenly, it looked done. Painters often say the hardest part of painting is knowing when to stop, and apparently I needed to stop before the edges on this one.

Monday, May 4, 2009

"Awakening" - SOLD

6" by 7" - Pyrite Sun, marble, Eco smalti, mosaic gold
My apologies for missing a few days of mosaics. My birthday and surrounding festivities intervened with me getting in the studio. But it's back to the blog for me now, and I'm actually really glad to be back at the project.
I've never used a pyrite sun before, only pieces, mostly because I worry that somehow what I create won't be worthy of such a beautiful object. Worry that I'd end up "wasting" it. However, I am thoroughly pleased with this piece, and I encourage all you mosaic artists out there to try that special item you've been saving. If you don't use it, you'll never know.