My new favorite mosaic.
Monday, February 23, 2015
Thursday, February 19, 2015
Sunday, February 15, 2015
For two years I have been meaning to do at least one patchwork mosaic. I finally started a few days ago and finished tonight. I'm very pleased with how it turned out.
i learned a valuable lesson doing this piece. It would have been much easier had I cut all the pieces the same size. I'm sure it's a rule or something but I'm not very good at following the rules. That seems a lot like coloring inside the lines and I'm not the greatest at that either. ;-)
Friday, February 13, 2015
One of the art shows I did last summer was in Door county WI. An area very well known for its cherry orchards. This piece was inspired by my all to brief trip there. I'm very much looking forward to going back this summer and hoping this time to be able to stay a bit longer.
If you've not been to door county it should go on your list of places close to home to visit and if you get the chance you should go the last Saturday in July or Sept. The Settlement shops in Fish Creek have a wonderful art show and you can stroll the shops while your there. Don't forget to have a slice of pie while you're there. :-) BTW, the strolling violinist does an amazing job of setting the tone for the day. If you are an artist I get in touch with me and I'll get you Barbara's info to be in the show. Without a doubt one of the sweetest show promoters I've had the pleasure of working with.
Wednesday, February 11, 2015
This is my all time favorite stained glass mosaic creation. Not only does the sun look beautiful coming through the blues but every time I think of it I'm back in Chetek WI watching the moon over the lake. Chetek is one of those small tourist towns with big personality and charm that you can't help but fall in love with. Put it on your bucket list!!! If you need advice on where to stay I know the perfect spot.
One full moon night I was in my creation room, pretending to work. Really my mind was on some of my favorite spots in Wisconsin. I just started playing with the glass and this piece developed before my eyes. It really did create itself. When I finished I stood back and just stared at it. Honestly I couldn't believe my eyes. The glass forever captured the moon over the lake in ways I'd not thought possible. I take no credit for this piece, I don't know how but it created itself and forever changed how I felt about doing mosaics in glass. I was smitten. To fall in love with what you do is an amazing feeling!
Monday, February 9, 2015
Many of the mosaics I do have flowers. i garden so my passion for flowers borders on an obsession. My goal is to have a beautiful flower garden I can see from every window in my house. since my mosaics are often hung inside in front of a window I like to leave them open enough to see outside. I also love seeing the stained glass flowers in the midst of winter. It reminds me if I wait just a bit more the real ones will join my glass creations. With that in mind I often create windows that create a garden view. Some are simple such as this piece. I can imagine a trellis near the window with vines and flowers that became a bit unruly and started growing around and above my windows.
My flowers tend to get out of control like this. I have archways in my gardens that no matter how often I fuss with them they just have a mind of there own. I planted Clematis Next to my kitchen window. I'm hoping this is the year it starts trying to wander over the window a bit.It may even get a little help. ;-)
These simple pieces can add so much to your view year round. In the winter I love hanging a piece like this above my kitchen sink. The rough time worn window frames have so many stories to tell. Add to that the splashes of color from the flowers that whisper to me about the flowers the spring will bring and I can't help but smile. Even when it's 40 below outside. Seeing the sun shine through the stained glass leaving color patterns around the room makes even a cold winer day feel warmer. :-)