Winter cold made me slow and not terribly productive. Summer warmth and sun have given energy but made me not want to sit behind the computer. Both things have made me hugely neglectful of this blog!
Hoping to rectify this and get back to regular updates and regularly reading all my other favorite blogs. Connecting with and being inspired by others is my favorite part of blogging – the summer sun this year has just been a stronger pull!
So, what’s happened with all that sun-inspired energy? Well, recently finished 2 mosaics that I’ll show you soon. One is a black & white piece that I just adore, the other is a cream/copper with tons of shimmery goodness. 🙂
I recently taught a couple of sessions of mosaic at a day camp for kids! There were about 26 kids a session, aged 7-12 with some social skill challenges. This was a bit daunting as I don’t have much experience with kids (don’t have any / never around any). I was worried if I’d do ok with them. But the kids were awesome and it was both totally exhausting and totally exhilarating! So much fun to help them make a cool project and see them happy with the results. Even one kid who at first told me it was “boring” ended up doing the most creative stuff and had a great time. Think he just need to get past the hump of starting ( I can relate! ). It was wonderful to get their little hugs and thank yous after the class was over.
I’ve also been keeping up with lampworking, making neat stuff with glass melting it in a flame. The past few months I’ve learned new techniques and improved my skills a lot. I’m now trying to create sculptural glass forms that can be incorporated into mosaics, not quite there yet but think something neat will come of it.
Lastly – tossed the mosaic plan for 2 collections that I’d laid out for the year. I’d completed 1 of each when the husband had a thought. He knew I had other ideas floating around and suggested making summer all about just exploring those. He’d thought it could potentially be very neat, maybe better than planned stuff. At first I resisted – but then went for it and have gone down a bunch of paths that led to tons of new ideas. Fun but also kind of hard to wrangle a million ideas down to a reasonable bite to chew off. 🙂
Hope the past few months have been as lovely and creative for you as they’ve been for me. Looking forward to catching up on all your blogs and hope to update you soon with pics of new work and other ramblings!