Thank you so much for being a subscriber to my newsletter. I've been busy these past few months writing a mosaic tutorial for a glass magazine, as well as creating new work for an upcoming group show. I also made a mosaic gift for my sister with special meaning.
Gift for Sis
For Kim, 5 1/2"
Last month I gave this little mosaic to my sister, Kim. More than a year ago she gave me a pendant that belonged to our mother who passed away in 2013. She asked me if I'd put it in a mosaic for her and this is what I created. It is inspired by our mother's drawings, in particular her playful cats she drew with belly buttons! I wrote an in depth blog post with more images if you'd like to read about it here.
Glass Patterns Magazine
It's Cold Out! 10"
I was recently invited by the editor of Glass Patterns Magazine to create a mosaic tutorial for their winter edition. This mosaic is 10" in diameter and is made with stained glass, millefiori and beads. The tutorial includes the design pattern and gives step by step instructions on how to create it. The issue will be available in December and will also be available as a purchasable download.
Betsy Gallery Wendy Brewer
I am looking forward to exhibiting with local mosaic artists Betsy Gallery and Wendy Brewer. I will have many newer pieces available as well as a few older ones. It will be a one-evening event which will take place at Menelli Trading Company at 1080 Coast Village Road in Montecito, CA. The wine and appetizer reception will be on September 29 from 5 to 8 pm. Hope to see you locals there!
Both are 5 1/2" in diameter and made with stained glass, millefiori, beads, and polymer clay
I've been doing a lot of sketching for fun and finding I'm loving the freedom that comes with using an ink pen rather than a pencil. I have always been a bit of a perfectionist and tend to spend much too much time on my designs (mostly erasing!) and losing spontaneity and looseness of line in the process. I've also been experimenting with drawing imaginary creatures and really enjoying not having realism as my goal. Here are two of my sketches turned into mosaics, both 5 1/2 " in size. You'll be seeing many more of these, I think!
Other Art I Enjoy
As always, my favorite artists are animal lovers like me. The paintings by Eli Halpin just make me smile. They are sweet, silly and beautiful, all at once. I love her choice of color, pattern and texture, and her use of space. She also has an expressive blog with engaging reads - I only wish she'd post more frequently! Check out her most recent post, "Do Not Copy Art Without Permission" here and visit more of her artwork while you're at it!
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Warm regards, until next time,