Category Archives: Mosaics

Fish mosaic mirror

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I completed a mosaic for  the kid’s bathroom at my daughter’s home.

I filled in the mosaic border of the mirror with stained glass, mirrored fish and a few tile bubbles. My son in law, Derek,  made the mosaic frame and also formed the cement countertop.  He is awesome like that!

Inspired by Florida

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During our winter break, I had plenty of time to do what I naturally gravitate towards…making stuff!

After Jeff completed the pallet sectional, Patrice had a cool wide plank board across the back of it.  It was begging for some art.  I used Patrice’s  mosaic supplies and made a few fish for it:

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Definitely funky fish…they were fun!  I hope Patrice adds more.  These are on mesh, which gets cut away.   The fish will be applied to the board with an adhesive, and finally grouted.

Patrice invited her friend and artist, Marie Dyer, to teach a landscape painting class while I was there!  So in the Tiki Bar, nine of us painted all one day under Marie’s guidance.  She freely shares her experience, always finds the best in everyone yet encourages us to improve.  I learned so much that day.  We painted with acrylics.

Here is Marie, getting us set up:

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She’s creating a color mixing chart for us, as we used only primary colors and white:

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We are all listening intently to her instructions and tips before starting (note  the use the sectional is getting.)

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Patrice started on a mural, a coral Bougainvillea vine …she has a good start,  and will keep working on it:

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Here’s my painting:

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Inspired by this scene:

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Here are a few things I learned from Marie:

-No perfectly straight lines are found in nature.

-Have an entry point for the eye, a line to follow and an exit out of the painting.

-Repeat colors throughout the painting.

-Leave an area for the eye to rest.

And lastly, I really enjoyed sitting here working on my journal, and painting postcards:

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Here are my postcards from paradise:

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palm trees

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This last one is special.  Patrice and I walked around her garden, and identified every plant she grows…I wrote them down as we walked:

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This is the last post of our visit to Florida.  And, just in time, spring is inching its way to the Mitten.

Swimmingly perfect

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My fish mosaics have come out of hiding!  The basement bathroom is almost finished with renovations by Jeff.  But it definitely needed something to break up the white subway tiles.  These goldfish swimming around the room are quite the surprise when you walk in, I like that.

Still dwelling 0n summer

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People don’t notice whether it’s summer or winter when they’re happy. –Anton Chekov

Here we are, well past Labor Day.  I cannot fathom how quickly summer passed and I am not ready for the weather to turn, the green to fade, the chill in the air.    Usually I am very aware of the summer season, but this one just seemed to pass unnoticed.  Perhaps it has to do with the busyness of life, perhaps with the many changes that  happened with the people I know and love and am inseparably connected to.  It seems my mind was on these peoples and events, rather than breathing in the fresh green warmth of the passing season. 

Early September, a time for fresh starts….ingrained in me from my school days, and continued with my own children.  And now grandchildren.  Colton started school a week or so ago!  Kindergarten, and full day kindergarten at that!  And he rides the bus to school.  He was very excited to start and his experience has been very positive.  Hard on his mama though.  I remember how she feels.

August is one of my favorite months.  The days themselves are bright and long.  This August was spent “in waiting”….with torn up driveway and a messy yard.  But now the cement is poured!  And oh what a nice polish the new driveway gives to the appearance of our home.  Jeff (aka, the Energizer Bunny) continues to work on the finishing touches….the grading and edges of the areas next to the new drive.  Not to mention, what feels like,  the other five hundred projects going on around here! 

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Jeff has had wonderful help from  Derek (dad of the twins) and Kevin (almost son-in-law)….they are generous with their time and strength and we so appreciate it.  Kevin lives near us, and often comes over after work to help Jeff.    Jeff’s brother John also came over last Saturday, with his tractor, and helped the guys move gravel!  I think tomorrow is another work day for them, including our son TJ…..hopefully grass will be planted and maybe even progress on the deck! 

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I’ve got a few photos of the twins to share….they are 10 months old now.

Aubree couldn’t resist touching the wedding gown her Aunt Jackie was trying on….

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Dylan is all over the place, but not walking quite yet. 

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She’s not far behind…

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There’s “Bitty B”:

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And her silly brother….”Bean”

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Yes, they have nicknames.  My family can’t help themselves. 

I’ve  finished a mosaic project, took me all summer!  A table…now its on my porch, but will eventually live in the gazebo with its matching chairs….

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This pre-grout photo shows the colors quite true:

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The Sweet Autumn Clematis is blooming…..

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It smells as delicious as it looks….

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Autumn is near,  I feel the chill in the air, the foliage is fading, and so is the daylight….and Dancing with the Stars is starting.  Bring it on.  Thanks for reading, have a great weekend. 

Weekend goings on…

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Thank you, friends, Aunt, and SILs, for your words of support and wisdom regarding dad going into rehab.  Yes, we decided that a rehab facility was the place to be for him.   He is delicate and bed bound…he needs round the clock care right now.  As much as he disliked the decision, he knows it’s the right one.  So he arrived at the rehab facility at 7PM on Friday night and seemed to settle in just fine. But, he called mom at about 10:30 that evening, very disoriented and upset.  We rushed over and discovered  he was also short of breath and had a low oxygen level(of course, the staff was looking after him by the time we arrived).  It was decided to return him to the hospital, by ambulance of course.   They tested and examined,  and as time went on he improved.  Within an hour, he was telling his jokes again!  By 7AM, we all went home and he went back to rehab. (That’s only 8 hours in the ER, my rule of thumb is that an ER visit takes 12 hours.)  It really was scary for him, and no one knows what was going on.  He had a good day on Saturday and Sunday. 

I’m  teaching a mosaic cross class this April, at 212 Art Center.    I’m inspired by the Mexican painted and mosaic crosses( here is a link to my Pinterest board) I’ve discovered and decided to start a couple as samples for the class.  It feels wonderful to be breaking glass and fitting together the pieces once again.   See the colorful Mexican influence?  Just starting:

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I have several more crosses ready for tesserae…hope to get on a roll. 

Last, but not least….baby pics….hope they make you smile!

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Mosaic Dragonfly

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Jeff and I have just finished this guy:

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He has auto safety glass wings, held firmly with copper wires:

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And the same type of glass for the eyes…we carefully shattered the window glass (which has a plastic layer between two layers of glass).  Jeff had built the metal frame many years ago, and it lived in our garden…unembellished but growing a rusted patina.

 

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I used sparkly iridescent glass for the body….

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