Doctors Without Borders Auction ….again

lv john

My husband is leaving this morning for the Theater Communications Group convention in San Diego.  This is a huge deal for John, who has been working diligently on his 4th play , and who has many irons in the fire in terms of networking and production. I am feeling anxious, as his heart has been giving him problems lately.  His coloring is bad.  He is short of breath, and I’m worried…but far be it from me to ask him to refrain from doing what he loves to do.  I’m happy that he is happy.    He leaves with high hopes, while I have full confidence that he will come home with either a deal, or firm leads toward a production deal.  The reviews of his work have been quite promising, thus far….so we’ll see….

kim butterfly

So, apart from cleaning our home from top to bottom in preparation for the arrival of a guest,  I was thinking that I should plan to get down to my studio and start to work on some of the guitar installation that I want to do.  However, when my friend, Kim Larson, posted the  picture (above) of the beautiful mosaic that she created for the 2014 Doctors Without Borders auction, I felt a wee twang of …I don’t know….something…over having been left out this year.  I wrote to Lin Schorr, the woman that coordinates the event and asked, “Has my past work not been up to par?”  Why wasn’t I asked to participate this year?


I have been so busy, and this is the first extended break from school that I’ve had since I started my masters program. I have literally been working from 10-18 hours a day on some days.  Really working HARD, between work and school.  Now that I have a break,   I really want a constructive project that I can sink my teeth into.  She wrote back to tell me that, of course, I wasn’t left out!  I AM on the list and my piece is due on August 1!  So now I’m in panic mode.  As soon as I get back from driving John to the airport, I shall begin to design something.  These pieces are small…only 10″ x 10″ and this year, we can do whatever we want…so I might do a 3-d object, or I might just stick with a flat piece.  We’ll see.  I am very happy about the prospect of again creating something that will benefit others in a charity auction.   This is how I roll.  When I experience something stressful, as I am experiencing at this time in my life for a number of reasons, the best way to handle it is to do something for someone else.  Since Kim did a butterfly, I don’t think I’ll make one of my own butterflies.  (below)  Mine pale in comparison….not that it is a competition, but I think I should come up with a different design.

flutterbyFor those that aren’t familiar, Doctors Without Borders delivers independent emergency medical care to victims of armed conflict.  They administer relief in the aftermath of natural or man-made disasters and they fight deadly epidemics in over 70 countries around the world.  Whenever I start to become self-absorbed over some problem that is occurring in my life, I consider those who have it much worse than I do…and I reach out to help.  It is a humbling experience, something that makes me feel proud.

Lin Schorr has coordinated a large group of international artists that create and donate our work that will be shown at the Northville Art House, 215 W. Cody in Northville, Mi.  from November 7 – December 6.  There is also an online auction at where our pieces will be auctioned off during the last two weeks of the exhibit.

I am so proud to be a part of this project and to have been a part of other projects that Lin has put together for charity.  I find that when I am going through stressful times (as I am right now), doing something for someone less fortunate always gets me back on track.

So now…it’s off to the airport….then back to the drawing board!  I’ll have to come up with something cool and unique this year.  I’m ready.



Back in the Studio!

Finally! A chance to get started on my guitar installation!!!  Updates soon!


DAY #22 – A ROOM


Photo a Day – AUGUST

Day #22- A ROOM

© Stacy Alexander – 2013

This is part of the floor mural in (I think) Terminal D …a big room….at the Dallas-FT. Worth Airport (DFW). When I fly in and out of there, I always try to see as much of the art as possible.  That is about the only good thing in this airport for a liberal vegetarian.  🙂  (well…almost….)    I have searched and searched for the name of this mosaic  artist so I could give due credit, but my attempts to find his or her name were unsuccessful.  If any of you know who made this piece, will you please let me know?

Mosaic Guitar Tutorial – Step 3….Design

So today, I am going to address creating a design for your mosaic guitar.  If you are just joining me, please scroll back to lessons #1 and #2.  I’m sure there is some way to line everything up sequentially with this Word Press interface.  I simply haven’t figured it out yet….so please bear with me.

At the end of part 2, I was preparing my guitar to receive the tesserae (glass, tile, et al…) After I finished writing, I coated all sides of the guitar and let it dry.   The guitar is now a blank canvas.


The best  tool to use for marking out one’s design is a china marker or grease pencil.


  However, since I can’t find my china marker, I am using dry erase board markers.


There are a number of different ways to do this.   I find it helpful to sketch a guitar and then play around with different ideas before I begin to mark up my guitar.


Once you have a general idea of what you want to do, draw your designs onto the guitar.  I freehand my designs, for the most part, because I like a looser -feeling design.  I did use a plastic can lid to trace some of the curves, however.


Since the guitar is a curvaceous instrument,  I like to use lots of concentric, curvy design elements.  Just play around with it all.  Nothing has to be exact.    Just take the design to wherever you want it to go.  If this is your first time to try this, simple is best, but not mandatory.  Just go wherever your heart takes you and have a good time!


Oh…..and don’t forget the back!  One note about the way I have overlapped these circles on the back side of the guitar.  If you do something like this, you might want to choose a tesserae that is twice as dark on the regions that overlap, to give it a more translucent appearance.

guitar back

A reader wrote to me to ask about using tempered glass on a mosaic guitar.  Therefore, that is exactly what I shall demonstrate, along with other types of embellishments.   However, this will come later on.  The technique is one that I initially learned from Ellen Blakeley  who is the queen of all things tempered glass.  However, I will put my own twist on it for the purposes of embellishing this guitar.  We will start with colored glass, though, and finish up with some tempered glass accents.

Until next time……