What a week. Desperately need for this Friday to end fabulously. Hope to have a great weekend holed up in my studio. I'm ashamed that I've been too busy to tend to this blog. Hopefully, I'll get some creative juices flowing this weekend. Try to do the same for yourself. Thanks for stopping by and have a Fabulous Friday.
As I've said before (I think), I am not a collector. I very much appreciate handcrafted objects and art, but am not currently in a position where I can have large, fabulous works of art that others have created displayed in my home. Every once and awhile, though, I do find small beautiful objects that bring joy to me and I make the small splurge to help support another artist. One of those items I own is pictured above. It hangs in my kitchen window above my sink.
I purchased it a few years ago on a long-overdue girlfriend getaway to Charlotte, NC. A mosaic piece of mine had been juried into a show at Ciel Gallery. My friend and I made the trip up to my home state, and had a great time hob knobbing around shops, galleries, restaurants, and anywhere else we felt inclined to go. One of the galleries we visited was The Wooden Stone in Davidson, NC. If I were to own a gallery, it would be like this one. You walk through the doors and go into sensory overload. In a good way. Every item is so beautiful, and is so thoughtfully placed within this huge retail space. You can spend hours meandering around the stained and polished concrete floors, ogling and wishing for all that is held within the confines of its brick walls. Though it's not encouraged, these objects beckon to be touched: the smoothly sanded wood furniture, nubby hand-woven textiles, earthen pottery with shiny glazes, and hand-blown glass eye candy. There's a kitchen for fresh-brewed coffee or just-out-of-the-oven cookies, a fireplace, and of course the soothing sound of running water from the various sculpted fountains.
The jellyfish sun catcher was made by artist Susan Bradshaw of Carmel, CA. Every time I look at it, this little piece of happy reminds me of my two favorite places--the NC home of my childhood and my current home on the coast. Either way, I love being Home on Tuesday.
Have a great week,
I finally have gotten a little creative time. Over the weekend, I got a chance to start another mosaic. And today, even though it is Tuesday and mid-week, I had a chance to work on it a little more. Yeah! Nothing like being Home on Tuesday and doing something I love. The mosaic will be similar to a 12"x12" piece I did last year, Riley Blossoms, but it will be much larger. It will have a lot of aqua stained glass and I am excited about that as I love the coastal feel of the color. But because of its size, it will take awhile to finish. I spent tonight cutting many little strips from stained glass sheets, then strips to squares, then squares to triangles (yes, I am boldly breaking the mosaic "no triangle" rule).
I prefer Weldbond glue over thinset, but I'm mostly using thinset because of the way I am positioning the glass. I need to adhere the glass to the thinset while the thinset is still workable, so I'm doing quite a bit of pre-cutting. I'm already making a mess with the minimal amount of progress I've made so far. I know I'll regret this mess when I have to resort to a dental pick to clean it up later. Oh, well.
Here is a look at the yummy glass I plan to use:
I hope to be able to post as I progress, but if not, check back next Tuesday for H.O.T. Shots, where I'll feature another artist's work. Have a great week!
I knew I had started this blog about a year ago, but was unsure of the exact date. So I just checked it out. It was a year ago today. Hmmm. I didn't realize I had started posting on 9/11. Kinda feels a little narcissistic. I thought I could write something that someone would actually want to read? But maybe I was just hopeful...I started this blog I guess, first, for myself. Just to document some of my artwork. Slowly, I decided that, if possible, I may want to inspire others. I'm not sure if I have done the latter or not. But this blog has helped me to grow, as an artist, and as a person.
I now look for things about which to post. I'm searching for the worthy, small details that maybe I overlooked before. Little things like water droplets, or heron tracks, or spider webs...things that make me grateful for where I live. On the coast. On American soil. Able to post in incomplete run-on sentence fragments about whatever I feel like rambling on about. ("on about" period? Sorry, Mom. I know better, but I'm tired). What a great freedom to have.
I've been kind of overdue for a post. This first blogging year has brought about Fabulous Friday's and Home on Tuesday's. I don't always make my deadlines. But I'm trying. I hope that this next year brings a more artful blog. On this Sunday I was going to post about some new work that I started over the weekend. Instead, I think I'll just leave you with a wish for a safe day as we all remember that terrible day 10 years ago.
God Bless America.
Thanks for stopping by.