Friday, July 24, 2009

Edwina mosaic for Art Unleashed

Every year I donate a piece of artwork to Art Unleashed, an art auction to benefit the Kansas City Humane Society.
This year, I will make a mosaic of my cat, Edwina.  The high bidder will have the option to take this mosaic, or exchange it for a custom portrait of the pet of their choice.
I kinda hope they opt for the custom mosaic, I'm getting a little attached to this one...

Edwina WIP
It's made of stained glass, the background will be red.
If you're in the Kansas City area Friday, August 28th, it could be yours (or one like it).

Oscar and Emily, ready to grout

Here is the finished mosaic, I am planning on grouting it tomorrow...

Done, ungrouted...
stay tuned...

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Of Muppets and Writers...

I had so much fun working on the mosaic of Will that I decided to continue with the writer theme and make a mosaic of Emily Bronte. So things wouldn't get too serious I thought she could be with Oscar the Grouch, my personal favorite of the pre-Muppet Show muppets. Oh, and they should be winding a hank of yarn. I enjoy knitting, so why shouldn't they?

Since the mosaic is already well underway, I will post the WIP pictures I have taken, trying my best to keep them in some kind of chronological order, beginning with:

Oscar begun

A word of warning: These pictures have been, well, cut off. Please click on each image to see the entire photo. Thank you kindly.

WIP Emily and Oscar

Next, more work on Oscar...

WIP Oscar

Next, after an impromptu yarn color poll, the finished Oscar:

And the yarn finished. I know the size of the ball of wound yarn is out
of proportion with the amount of yarn left to wind, but we won't think about that...


Now here's something... I've never used stained glass in a mosaic (Wasser excluded) until now. I decided to incorporate some into this piece, as well as unglazed porcelain.
Here is Emily with stained glass-

Emily so far

And with a great leap forward, both figures finished. I decided to make the trash can in linework, I didn't want it to be that important. I have an idea of what I'm going to do for the background...stay tuned.

WIP Emily and Oscar

Monday, April 20, 2009

Apple Lady

This is The Apple Lady, the first of 101 mosaics I am doing based on the doodles from my friends' sketchbooks.  This one comes from Sarah A., and I thought it was fun because the apple stem looks like cleavage.
All of the mosaics are 12x12, with an inch and a half wrap around to the side, (I will try to get a picture posted to show what I mean).  This is not grouted yet, I dislike grouting so I am putting this off.

Meet my friend, Will.

This is my most recent finished mosaic, done for a friend (click on the image to see it bigger).  The quote is done in Orsoni's gold smalti, about 5 different shades in all. The frame was found on Ebay.
Lucky find...