These are all the mosaic pieces I made in 2022. I have already posted about all of them separately, but wanted to have them all together in one post. It is fun to see the variety of inspiration, subject and materials I used.
Trust me, they look much better in person. But then again, I am biased. They are all my babies.
January/February: This piece came out of nowhere. As I was gathering somes glass pieces, they looked like a face to me. That is how this very pensive and troubled woman was born. Her name was supposed to be Susie. But it is nameless for now.
February/March: This frame was not as I intended. I intended on a frame for my brother. But then came the flowers and sparkles. I don’t think I will be using sparkles again. It is very shiny, but also very messy.
February/March: I was inspired by a greeting card. Many band-aids later, this little bird was finished. It is hard to tell but it is made of glass pieces that I cut very small to give the idea of a snowy forest in the background.
March/April. I decided that my pensive and troubled lady needed a boyfriend. Just call him Jean Paul.
May/June: This pizza was inspired by the post I wrote called The Pizza Debacle.
May/June: I had just returned from the casino and saw some gambling inspiring ceramic at the studio, so why not?
June/July: I bought some old frames at a tag sale. This one had blue flowers on it. I let them guide me.
June/July: This next one also started with an old painting from the tag sale. It had a painting of fruit in it, so I decided on grapes for my design.
August/September: After doing the woman, and then her boyfriend Jean Paul, I decided to create a whole whimsical little family. This is a piece that a lot people disliked, but of course, I loved it.
September: This flower is made of mugs and plates. It has some texture and height to it. Originally I liked my work to be flat, but the more involved I get with mosaics the more I want to try different styles and techniques.
October/November: After doing faces using glass, I wanted to try to make a face using ceramic. It became a mask and I am happy with it.
November: In an effort to try different surfaces, this time I used a vase. While it is not my favorite, I am happy with the result.
November/December: This was based on a watercolor picture. It is very hard to translate watercolor to mosaic. I am happy with this first attempt.
December: This is one of my favorites. It is happy and it makes me happy.
This is the last piece I did in 2022. It is out of broken plates. I made this at home and grouted at the studio.
I am inspired now to make a post with all my mosaics from 20 and 21.
“I must try to enjoy all the graces that God has given me today. Grace cannot be hoarded. There are no banks where it can be deposited to be used when I feel more at peace with myself. If I do not make full use of these blessings, I will lose them forever.
God knows that we are all artists of life. One day, he gives us a hammer with which to make sculptures, another day he gives us brushes and paints with which to make a picture, or paper and a pencil to write with. But you cannot make a painting with a hammer, or a sculpture with a paintbrush. Therefore, however difficult it may be, I must accept today’s small blessings, even if they seem like curses because I am suffering and it’s a beautiful day, the sun is shining, and the children are singing in the street. This is the only way I will manage to leave my pain behind and rebuild my life.”
― Paulo Coelho , The Zahir