I've grown weary of this middle-aged insomnia thing. Despite my sleep deficit, I still wake up early, and then pretend that I may go back to sleep. Never works. This morning, I called myself to task on this possum game. I checked my phone for the scheduled sunrise and then scrambled out of bed to try to catch the first glimpse of the sun. Barely made it, and it was worth it. This never gets old. Enjoy your weekend.
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I've been lucky enough to have lived at the coast for over half of my life now. But I still can't relegate the "home" space occupied in my heart by the beloved Blue Ridge Mountains of my childhood to the coast. I admit that a good whiff of a sea breeze accompanied by the hypnotic ebb and flow of breaking waves is relaxing, but a deep intake of clear, crisp mountain air is like a shot of adrenaline delivered right to my soul. It awakens me, and I miss my mountains.
I finally finished the mosaic pictured above last week. It taunted me for awhile. I started the piece in a workshop at Ciel Gallery given by mosaicist Yulia Hanansen. She is known for her layered mosaics and her signature cuts of stained glass, and she has garnered some recent press for a breathtaking mosaic backsplash she completed for the home of singer John Legend and his super model wife, Chrissy Teigen.
My mosaic is loosely based on the photo below, which Yulia selected from several that I had taken. It was not my favorite, and frankly, not a good photo in my opinion, but her expertise and my love of the subject matter swayed me.
In her two day workshop, Yulia taught us her method for cutting glass. There is definitely a specific process, and I didn't find it to be easy. I got about one third of the mosaic completed before the weekend was over.
That was nearly two years ago! Then, it just sat in my studio. Unfinished, neglected, and laughing at my cowardice, daring me to accept the challenge to finish it. I finally got it together and took it with me on our summer trip to our cabin in the mountains of NC. It worked. My mountain muse sprinkled her magic mosaic dust and inspired me to buckle down and work on it.
I didn't finish it there either, but got far enough along that I was able to stay motivated to work on it intermittently between other projects when I got back. Once it was grouted, I debated whether I wanted to add my native state's official flower to the scene.
At some point in my past, I wrote a poem that I feel is an appropriate pairing with this work. I hope you like them both.
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