…and through the Woods

I made the “Forest Light” mosaic (see last post) pretty quickly, so I decided to make another small woodland mosaic. This time I wanted to introduce a sense of depth.

This is “Morning haze in the Woods”. It  took me 6 hours, which is quick for a mosaic!

Morning Haze in the Woods

Just like “Forest Light” I have used a simple method using diagonal cuts for the tree trunks and block backgrounds. I first used this method for a piece I used in 2008 – “Silver Birch Trees at Sunset”.

If you like trees and forests then please visit the International Year of the Forest mosaic exhibition.


Flying through the Dark into the Light

In 2009 I was taken out of my comfort zone when making a mosaic for the Heavens above  exhibition at the Opus Gallery in Exeter. I am used to working with  warm bright  colours and golds, but I decided to make a night sky mosaic using a lot of black.

The swan wasn’t so bad – I chose an iridescent  black glass tile that was quite mesmerizing as blue and silver notes played off the surface. I used silver leaf glass mosaic tile for the stars and they added to the feeling of heavenliness.

But then came the background sky. As I cut the matt black ceramic squares into lengths and laid them in loose rhythmic lines, I began on a journey , a cheerless journey, one  I had get into to get out of.

As I built up the walls of darkness around my field of vision, I became engulfed in a claustrophobic chasm. Without light it seemed there was no space, I felt breathless, cutting the tile faster and faster, in a desperate bid to finish the piece and feel less of this uncomfortable place. Occasionally there was a little breath from this relentless condition, when I looked at the mosaic as a whole and saw the swan flying down in sparks of little lights. But when I returned to laying the black matt, I was back in the dark again.  My heart racing now, I stayed up late to finish, hunger forgotten, thirst no need to quench. I was beating my wings against the blackness, trying to fly through the a sky as if it were made of syrup.

At last, finished,  I could breathe again, I gulped down the air like water after a long flight.


I have just finished a piece called “Forest Light”. It is for the “Year of the Forest” exhibition at the Opus Gallery, Exeter which will be held from 2 May -30 July 2011

Although I started with the same black matt ceramic in the trees that I used in the sky of Cygnus, I made the mosaic a lot faster which gave me less time to feel that strange claustrophobia, although I think if there were more trees I would have started down the slippery slope! I also knew I would be making a light sky of silver and gold, so I had something to look forward to and it would counteract the  heavy presence of the trees. When I use  gold leaf I feel  elated and light. I use several different tones of gold, ranging from a silver gold which is more silver than gold but has a warmth to it to a deep rich copper gold. Throughout the range I use a bright gold that is more reflective than the others  and  a yellow brassy gold. I find that I feel different with each tone. The  silver golds appear to let in more light,  they are cool and fresh like pale spring morning skies, and I feel as if I am flying in the clear fresh air. As the tones become more orange I become warmer,  immersed in a golden light, flying becomes very comfortable, too comfortable, so I  run the risk of falling into a deep slumber …..

Just as well I finished in time!

Forest Light