My world is black and white

I’ve always had an attraction to black and white, in all areas, fashion – art – photos – movies – pets.

dogs BandW

A few years ago my Mom bought me this Stephen Huneck print because of my strong attraction to black and/or black and white animals.  Nearly all of my pets growing up (and currently too) fit this color pallet.

My wardrobe is chock full of  “calypso black” and “carnival grey” as the husband jokingly likes to call it.  Goes great with my Morticia-like white skin.

**side secret – I actually love colorful clothes, but inherited a dribble tendency from my Dad and Grandmom.  Darker clothes help conceal a wayward dribble – if I wore light colors, you’d be more likely to notice that wet spot where I tried to clean off some of my morning coffee! 😀

I didn’t blog much last year for several reasons, but one reason was that I was working out a few new creative directions and wrangling with some technical problems they were bringing up.  A lot of those problems have been resolved and I’m getting started now on building some mosaics.

Choosing the color pallet for the new mosaics was one of the first steps.  While I do love the shimmer and bling of colored gold smalti, my old love of black and white has won out.  Here’s one of my worktables full of the new materials that will be used in the upcoming mosaics!black-adn-white-materials I might throw in a tiny bit of color here and there just for some jazz, but maybe not.  Black and white has an elegant simplicity that is tough to beat.

So it seems 2017 will keep me in my very black and white world!  Hope you’ll continue on this year’s journey with me (can’t believe it is mid-March already!) and soon hope to show you some of the new mosaics!  😀


Mosaic sculpture – Vote & tell me how it should sit!

purp black sculputure close up a mercedes mosaics

my favorite view

Previously, I asked for help deciding on a color for the other side of a sculpture I was building for a workshop.  Thank you to all the lovely folks who gave suggestions – there were some awesome ones!!

I’d loved the ideas of pinks or teals – but ended up not having enough of either one, with no time to order more, had to pick something else.

Played around with options and finally settled on a mix of 3 blacks. The different shades give it a nice shine and make it not so flat. Also, stuck in a few strips the white marble just like on the purple side.  My favorite part is looking from the purple side through the “tear” and seeing a strip of the white surrounded by black.

I’m happy with the result – at workshops it’s always a worry to not be just a derivative of the instructor’s style and I think this turned out for sure “me”. Now – need to decide how it should sit.  It was originally supposed to just sit one way – but realized it actually can balance other ways as well.   Which way do you like it?

Vote and tell me which way it looks best to you! (double click a pic to expand and see the options bigger)

here’s some other detail shots too




Sculpture in progress – what color for the other side?

May has been jam packed, took a little vacation, found out we have to move shortly 😦 and started a fun little mosaic sculpture workshop.

I got nervous driving it home, so I buckled it in for safety!!

I got nervous driving it home, so I buckled it in for safety!!

Decided to take the class as it was a different kind of sculpture technique than I’ve done before.  Plus it is great fun to be around others who love mosaic as much as me – kind of a rarity to find!

So here’s a few pics of my nutty little sculpture- it isn’t finished yet so don’t judge too harshly!  At the teacher’s request, can’t share pics of the process – but here’s some “in progress” of the mosaic part.

The color choice of material to cover it with was a little limited – first was going to go with brownish tones (something I never use) but then decided on a mix of purples with some fun white sparkly streaks.

I’d planned to do both sides purple – but now thinking maybe the opposite side a different color – perhaps black or maybe white.  It can sit many different ways – so depending on how it is displayed you will see the opposite side or parts of it.  Have to decide in the next 2 days though as we finish up on Saturday.

Do you have an opinion on what color the opposite side should be?  Let me know!  Write in a comment below – I’d love the input – it will help my indecisive Libra brain!!