Mosaic update: First installation!

•May 9, 2017 • Leave a Comment

Wahooo! On site!  Now I just need the head back from the glass lady!

What depression looks like

•April 18, 2017 • Leave a Comment

What depression looks like (to me) (on this particular day).

I don’t want to freak anyone out.  I’m “Fine”…  Meaning, I have these phases, I know what they look like, my loved ones are monitoring me and I am not in any physical danger.  Not a cry for help.  I just thought it might be useful to share this piece of artwork with you.

I decided to draw how it feels right now.  I didn’t get it quite right–it feels like a slow moving wave of frozen black water.  You know how meat freezes and it gets that shard-y look to it?  That is kind of what it looks like in my mind.  Spiraling and moving forward slowly.  And bits of everything around it just get sliced and absorbed into it and it is all there is left.  The drawing came out prettier than it really is.  Call it the artist’s flaw.

Depression doesn’t always look this way to me–I have seen it look almost like a blob of chocolate pudding that just gloms onto everything and makes life indiscernible.  I have seen it look like a crack in the pavement.  Many images, really.

But this is what depression looks like today.

Click on it to view closer up.  Black and white colored pencil, graphite, on grey paper.

Mosaic update

•April 14, 2017 • Leave a Comment

The hassle-ish part of creating anything in mosaic is then you have to go back and cut the background in around it.  Oh well, I love my seahorse.

Basically now everything is ready for the big install onto the block wall except the head.  The head is at a glass artist’s studio because I am commissioning her to do the eye.  Super excited about this!

Mosaic update

•April 12, 2017 • Leave a Comment

So, learn from me, people.  When I started this, the sea turtle was my focus.  So I installed from there and worked my way out and down.  Now I am to the bottom, and I want my coral to grow UP!  So I am knocking out some previously mortared pieces to get this result.

GRRRR…problem with tunnel vision.

The next section I will start from the BOTTOM and work my way UP.

Mosaic update

•April 10, 2017 • Leave a Comment

This is where all this is going–out by my pool.

I printed a photo out so I could sketch the idea.  Sometimes it is hard to “see” what it looks like in my head and I get lost.  This helps.

Then I did a grid plan so I knew everything would fit.

I have some see-through glass that will show the sticky mesh through it if I use it the traditional way.  This time I had to use the sticky mesh on the top and then peel it away once I set it in the mortar.  The image is reversed this way.

Problem-solving skills!  🙂

Acrylic: Angel

•April 8, 2017 • Leave a Comment

Someone I don’t know has a tumor in her brain, and the person who knows her asked for items to put into a gift basket for her.

I went into my studio and this was the result.

I kind of feel like she has been put on a path, on a journey that she doesn’t want to take and doesn’t know where it is headed…so I started with a piece of map.

Then I painted over it.  I didn’t want her to think she was alone on this journey, so I painted this to remind her that there are human and spiritual angels that will be with her along the way.

I told her I prayed over the piece.  And I apologized if it was too “woo-woo” for her.  I know sometimes my art can be a little strange to those who don’t know me and I am not there to explain!

Mosaic update!

•March 11, 2017 • 2 Comments

Started my giant clam!

I was looking at photos from dive trip to the Great Barrier Reef.  And my initial attempt showed that I had insufficient reference material.  It didn’t feel ‘clammy’ to me.

More research and a re-design, and I like it better.

I didn’t realize I would have difficulty finding plain tan stained glass.  I found this ivory color and so I am reworking the lower section to incorporate this new color.

Not completely satisfied but this section isn’t mortared down yet. So, pondering…