The Mosaic Mayhem
The first three are completed while two more are still getting more polyurethane coats. The newest one that will be making the trip to Savannah this weekend will get sealed tomorrow. Overall I'm pleased. I'm pretty tough on myself when it comes to critiques so I need to keep in mind that these are the first attempts in about 22 years at trying something besides painting a canvas.
I've also discovered that I have a great deal of experimentation left in trying to photograph these things. Generally my paintings are matte finished so I'm not worried about glare from the artwork. Not only are these things sealed glossy metallic paint is the primary coating underneath. That is why I'm not to happy with these photographs.
Let's put it this way: I'm in the process of learning how to do these things. I can see lots of mistakes and better ways (perhaps) of getting a better finished product. The rule of thumb is to sketch the idea and consider all of the 3-D possibilities before any glue is applied. For example if you read my artist friends comments, they like the idea of using wire for the lizard's tongue. So did I. I wish I'd thought of that before I glued down the tile that would become it's nose!
So my blogging buddies, let me introduce to you the first batch of my outdoor artwork. I'm still working on a clever name so if you have some suggestions let me know. also I'm still mulling over the prices of these pieces. They're all 18 inches by 6" for the moment. We purchased some more wood last weekend to make both larger and smaller works. If you're interested in any of these then e-mail me. Even though these are definitely going with me this weekend I can probably improve on each one just a bit. Some future ideas: a mermaid, an angel, and a celestial combination (sun, moon, and stars).
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
The Mosaic Mayhem