It's August and I've been keeping busy these past few months, especially March when I led a community mosaic project in Lexington, KY. I had a fabulous experience leading the mosaic marathon at the annual Society of American Mosaic Artists Conference (SAMA). In three days, about 100 conference attendees brought my designs of goldfinches to life with Mexican smalti. I slept little, ate little and played a lot! I had an amazing support system of friends who were there every step of the way. The mosaic triptych was donated to a local charity, Lexington's not-for-profit organization, The Nest: Center for Women, Children & Families. I wrote a very detailed blog post about my experience, if you're interested. There was also an article posted to the online news web site, the Noozhawk. Read it here. Here are a few photos of the project and my experience. See many more photos on my Flickr page.
Photo by Pam Goode
My Children's Book
I have completed 12 mosaics for my book and am almost finished with the 13th. I think there will be 14 full size mosaics all together and one half size, so I'm getting close! My original plan was to have the book go to print this summer, but there have been some unexpected delays, including seven new commissions for pet portraits (see below). I've completed two of them and won't get back to the book until the rest are finished. This may be a couple of months. So, I am looking forward to having my book published sometime next year. I will keep you posted in this newsletter as to when, and if you'd like a postcard sent to you in the mail when the book is ready, send me an email here to be added to my mailing list. Here are a couple of photos of the recent work I've done on the book.
Here are two of the seven pet portraits I've completed so far. They are both 5x7" and made with stained glass. Cats are my favorite animal to mosaic, but I am excited about the next five portraits, which will all be dogs.
Fat Boy, 5x7"
Other Artists I Enjoy
Another local artist I'd like to share is Fred Calleri. When I see his art, I just go, "ahhhh..." and fall into it deeply. There is a Norman Rockwell quality to it, with his portrayals of the everyday moments, but his style is distinctively his own. My favorites of his tend to be the ones which include children or animals or both! His is happy art and makes me just want to stay and enjoy it for a long, long time.
Mosaic Portrait Class With Carol Shelkin in Santa Barbara
I know this is last minute, but my buddy Carol will be teaching at the Santa Barbara School of Mosaic Art next week (August 7-9) and there is still space available if you're interested. She is an amazingly talented artist and so much fun! I took her class last year and I can't recommend her enough. She will also be teaching at the Institute of Mosaic Art in Oakland, CA the following week (August 10-12) if that works better for you. Visit her web site for more about Carol and her beautiful mosaics.
Thinking and Beautiful Day by Carol Shelkin
Thank you for reading my newsletter and if you think others would be interested in reading it, feel free to pass it on.
Warm regards, until next time,