These pieces are mosaic sketches, small works that allow me to work out a new idea or try out a new material. The top piece is stained glass. At first I thought I might not grout it, but as I work through it, I think grout will enhance the rhythm. The bottom piece is smalti, a handmade opaque glass that is generally left ungrouted. This is my first attempt at working in this material.
I’m also experimenting with photographing my work here. Photographing flat work in an engaging fashion can be a challenge. I made a homemade lightbox from an old cardboard box and some tissue paper, and I’m pretty excited with the results!
This goose is a preparatory sketch of sorts. I haven’t done any watercolor in a while, and I thought I’d like to do one based on one of my photographs. I was pretty pleased with the outline sketch of the goose, but nervous about ruining it with the watercolor. So I thought I’d try it in pencil first.