Mosaic finished!

•August 22, 2016 • 1 Comment

I ended up tinting the grout and whitening the frame.



Then, after evaluating it on the wall, I went a little heavier with the white and added more color to the lower right corner.


Click on it for a larger view!

On to my next project!

Mosaic update

•August 13, 2016 • Leave a Comment

I have been toying with a mosaic off and on for awhile, and now I am determined to finish!


If you recall, I am installing it in an old barn window.


I cut the bottom mesh into two sections to make it easier to handle.  I didn’t like how the mesh showed through the clearer glass marbles, so I hand set those with extra mortar underneath.  So it was the perfect place to cut.



The top two sections are grouted. (Click on the photo to enlarge.)  The rest is awaiting grout.  Now that the piece is coming to completion, I am evaluating.  I am seeing the white grout is making the distressed paint look too yellow, so I may paint the wood more white.  I hate losing the rustic look that the piece came to me with, but the finished product is more important to me.  I am also concerned about the ‘flow’ of the piece.  It feels a little disjointed at this point.  I am thinking about possibly tinting the grout color.  I did another small mosaic so that I can test this idea.  It is an indoor installation so I don’t have to worry about durability as much.  I am thinking the tinted grout might calm the piece down some, and direct the eye as it travels across the surface.

We’ll see.

I will post the finished piece once I have it all figured out.

Thanks for viewing!

Pencil drawing: Elephant

•July 24, 2016 • Leave a Comment


Pencil drawing: Cheetah and impala

•July 21, 2016 • Leave a Comment


Colored pencil: Giraffe

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Pencil drawing: Blue Wildebeest

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Pencil drawing: Warthog

•July 10, 2016 • Leave a Comment


We saw many of these spunky characters in Africa!



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