This year, I have again been asked to participate with a plethora of other international mosaic artists, in the 2017 Beyond Borders auction. All proceeds go to benefit Doctors Without Borders , an organization that helps people in third world countries receive medical care to which they would not otherwise not have access.
For Doctors Without Borders, the ability to respond quickly to medical humanitarian emergencies is crucial to saving more lives. Unrestricted funds allows the organization to allocate their resources most efficiently and where the needs are greatest. This is a good cause, my friends. I hope you will attend the virtual auction and find something you like, because the money really helps a lot of people. Plus, there are some incredibly talented artists and many pieces from which to choose.
As I anticipate the design of this year’s piece, I am mindful of the fact that I have a whole lot on my plate right now with opening my retreat business and continuing my writing business…but I cannot function properly without art. I have to have it, at some level, which is why my sketchbook never leaves my side when I’m lounging in the evenings. I miss working in mosaic, and am going to get back into it. It is hard work, but it is something that I truly love. I love glass especially. I love its properties. I love the way it cuts, and how the light dances across its surfaces.
I have one project started already, which I can probably finish up fairly quickly. I am building it on a wooden substrate and it is already extremely heavy. After it is finished, it will probably weigh up to 12-13 pounds.
Other than the round “globs” (as they are called…..those white, round pieces that you see on the tips of the wings…) each piece of glass was hand cut and placed by me. I am now working on the body, and haven’t quite decided what approach I’m going to take with it. I may end up painting part of it, because the surface is so uneven. The underside is all gold and blue tiles, and is very sparkly! The grout will unify all of the sections and pull the piece together.
The wings are asymmetrical, so getting a balanced look was difficult to achieve. The OCD in me hates the fact that the dark blue colors aren’t symmetrical, but after it’s all grouted, it will look better.
I really hate to grout, but after one applies the mud and begins to wipe it off, that is when the magic happens, and that is what transforms the piece into a work of art. I am excitited bout this one.
I am getting ready to begin a couple of other pieces as well. One celebrates a new life, and the other, honors a life ended. My cousin, Daina, is getting ready to become a grandmother on Juy 3rd, so I am making the new baby a small mosaic for his or her nursery. I’m thinking about a white star….or a pastel colored heart. Still considering what I will make. It will be something simple, fast and easy.
The other piece will be for my friend, Sarah Beth, who left this world recently, in a tragic, tragic way. Her loss is a tremendous one, and weighs heavily on my head and heart. She was my friend for more than 40 years. I am, at this time, working on a design for a three dimensional encasement for her ashes. She always wanted a home with children, so I might do a house-shaped piece. Not sure. This is a tough call. I need to get past the point of crying every time I think of her death, before I can proceed, but I feel that working on this particular piece will help the healing process. (That theory was the foundation of my thesis when I got my masters in Psychology.)
So….today is another day. I am working this morning. John and I are getting ready to go out for a long walk with our puppy. Then, my friend, Baranna, is coming over for a few hours this afternoon. Anticipating a good day….because, after all, life goes on…with us or without us.