Monday, December 23, 2013

Guitar Mosaic - 1939 Gibson

This is a mosaic commissioned for a 30th anniversary. The recipient plays guitars and owns this particular one - a 1939 Gibson with the rounded top and the beautiful coloring. This is my interpretation of that classic guitar. I created the substrate out of cement on Wed board to create a bas relief wall hanging. Then I mosaicked it with glass and mirror. Size: 30" x 12".

Another Elephant Head Mosaic

The second of four bas relief elephant head wall sculptures. I created the cement substrate and then mosaicked it in glass and mirror. 
Size: 18" x 18".

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

A new Flamingo mosaic!

This is another in a continuing series of flamingo sculptures. Nothing says that a flamingo HAS to be pink! I have 3 more waiting to be mosaicked. This one and the other three each have different "twists and turns" in their necks.I did some work in Photoshop here to lessen the background a little because it was too distracting.
21" wide x 24" tall and stands 4 feet tall on it's rebar "leg".

Friday, November 8, 2013

Elephant Head Mosaic

I have neighbors who love elephants and have opened my eyes to their amazing souls and physical majesty. So I have started the first of 4 bas relief mosaics. These two photos are of the same mosaic. It is made of glass and mirror on Wedi board. The Wedi is covered with cement to give it a shallow 3 dimensional look. 18" x 18". 

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Southwest art series continues - Snake, Lizard and Sun

This is a mosaic headed to it's new home in Taos, New Mexico soon. I adore New Mexico and the art one finds there. Whenever I travel there I get totally inspired by the atmosphere, sunlight and the total environment. This piece is actually a "tableau" of three pieces that can be hung in many different configurations. I gave the client a print out of the different ways these pieces can hang together. The snake and lizard are both approx 9" x 24" and the swirl is approx 8" x 8". Glass, beads, turquoise, ball chain, mirror on Wedi board. October, 2013.

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Halloween Mosaics, 2013

Just a quick couple of mosaics to celebrate the season this year. Both are glass and mirror on Wedi board. Happy Halloween!
Skull 26" x 18"

Witch's Hat 30" x 26"

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Underwater Staircase - mosaic commission

I am running with an artistic theme lately - fish, sea life and the element of water. I even started swimming again not too long ago. Well, water is a powerful force. It represents the emotional realm and, to me, imparts a feeling of moving gracefully through life.
 In July I was inspired to create some 3 dimensional mosaic fish. And then a commission came up to create a mosaic for a front staircase at a private residence in Oakland, CA. 
These clients, with only an outline of an idea, allowed me the freedom to create whatever I wanted. And the vision that came into my mind was "underwater." So I began by designing a simple sketch on the computer and had it printed out full size.
 Then I cut it out and traced it onto the Wedi board that I will mosaic onto. Each finished board will then be screwed onto the front of the stairs.
 I cut out of Wedi Board several small and one large fish, and a large turtle.  I used cement on several of these elements to round their surfaces to create a little bit of a 3 dimensional look. I mosaicked all the small elements and then laid them out on the stair cut-outs to start to get an idea of what this would look like.

 Then I began to mosaic the rest of the piece with tiles. Greens for the seaweed, dark blues for the deep water and lighter blues for the swirl in the middle.
 Each day I made significant progress and would lay out the finished pieces on my studio floor to see how it was going. It was going pretty well!
So now this part of the project is finished. I am creating two more stairs on mesh as I write this. They will complete the bottom of the stair case where the stairs are curved.
Underwater Staircase
*work in progress*
14 stairs, each 50" long