This is a story of two different weeks and how I ended up where I’m at now.
Well first of all, I know I’m a bit late with my post (again). One of my readers finally pointed this out to me the other day. And I actually got very excited about it, because it meant that she was checking my progress to see if I was staying on task. So in other words, my experiment to see if you guys actually pay attention to my deadlines has worked! Ha! I’ll get back to my regularly schedule of posting next week.
So this post actually begins with work from 2 weeks ago, week 10. Week 10 was inspired by the idea of a ripple effect. How one little change can affect everything.
The inspiration behind this piece actually comes from a larger mosaic about a hurricane that I created about a year ago:
The hurricane mosaic is actually much larger and bit more involved than my weekly projects. But using this as inspiration, I wanted to create a smaller mosaic study based on this piece.
My mosaic vision was of several pebbles dropping in water and the ripples that this creates. I had envisioned exactly what this was going to look like in my mind. I knew exactly what I wanted to create.
But then, I decided that I better do a Google search to look at some images of actual water ripples. Just to have something to base my design on. Well, what I had envisioned was not much like they actually look like. Real ripples are completely circular and very geometric. So I changed my design. It became very planned. This is what I ended up with for Week 10:
Week 10 turned out kind of interesting, I used a reflective black glass (kind of like an oil spot on the pavement) which has proven rather difficult to photograph (can you find me in the picture?) I also used bits of auto glass for the crashing waves and some shiny raku pottery shards for the shore. Overall, its a pretty successful little piece. It’s just not what I had in my head (don’t you hate it when you don’t create exactly what you’ve imagined?) In fact, upon completion, the difference was driving me nuts. I wanted to create my original vision. So I moved on to Week 11:
Week 11 is much closer to what I had originally envisioned with the meandering lapping ripple lines in the water. This is much closer to my original idea. I used different materials this week. This time, I selected a blue iridescent glass and gemstone bits for the rocks. The auto glass is the same, but the shore has been created with textured white china (similar to what I used in the hurricane mosaic).
So I have my own opinions about the success of these two pieces, but I’m curious about which one you are most drawn to. I’d love to hear your opinions.
I’ll share my final thoughts and comparisons of these in a couple of days….
In the meantime, have an awesome weekend! I’m headed to an art marketing workshop this weekend. It’s supposed to be “life changing.” So I may come back next week an entirely new person. Or least, maybe I’ll hone my skills.