While the Moon Gently Weeps

The title of this piece came to me through the radio whilst I was making it. That beautiful song written by George Harrison “While my Guitar Gently Weeps,” was playing. All I had to do was replace the guitar for the moon!  It was exactly how I saw my mosaic. A waning moon weeping pieces of itself . Leaf shaped pieces that could also be tears.
I had made the first sketch a few months ago and after a couple more drawings I was ready to start.

sketch

Final cartoon

Final cartoon

This piece was not without it’s difficulties. I made it using the indirect method to obtain a flat surface. I wanted to  use my metal leaf glass together with the thicker depth of the  ceramic and glass mosaic tile.

indirect method

indirect method

I removed the paper whilst the adhesive was still wet so that I could change anything I wasn’t happy with, and I realized I had forgotten to add more adhesive to the metal leaf glass that I had used for the rings around the moon. I could have removed the pieces and added more adhesive to make it level, however I found that I rather liked the effect of the moon that stood out in relief from the rings. It’s difficult to show it in a photo, you will have to imagine it! (Sorry I can’t just show you the moon, I have to show you the owl too!)

moon

I attempted to make the shadows contrast with the shafts of moonlight  like I had drawn them. I used paler glass for the leaves in the moonlight, but my attempt to define this even more by use of pale grout and then silver ink just didn’t work, so I grouted it all in black. If you screw up your eyes you can just make out the rays of moonlight across the leaves 😉

leaves

Finally I used silver ink around the trees to emphasize the moonlight and allow some contrast between the trees and the dark blue night sky.

While The Moon Gently Weeps

While The Moon Gently Weeps

Again it is very difficult to show the mosaic accurately in a photo. I took the photo outside on a dull day and I even shone a light on the leaves, but they look almost as if they are made of paper coloured in with crayons, you can’t see the shine on the glass.  I’ll try again when it is framed and on a  wall.

Thanks for reading 🙂

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Soda Trees and Violins

We all know how refreshing it is to look at kids art. Unrefined, naive, thoughtful and completely original!  Sometimes artists try hard to bring that naivety back. Some succeed but others fail, perhaps  they have learned too much about techniques and the world in general. Maybe the best way is not to learn the techniques and not to get out much! (The last bit is easy in the middle of Somerset!)

Because it is the summer holidays, I thought I would share with you some of my kids mosaics  as a break from my work. (back soon with that!)

From the most recent and back through the years:

"Boat" by Daisy

"Secrets" by Arthur

Edge view of "Secrets" by Arthur

"Gold mirror" by Daisy

"Violin" by Daisy

"Treble Clef" by Daisy

"Tree" by Arthur

Arthur likes to make art that has some meaning. In “Secrets” there are four symbols, the bird,  the tree, the keep,and the key.  The pathway runs between mankind and nature.  The bird lives in the tree and the key opens the keep. There is more to it but it is a secret!

In the tree Arthur has made the trunk like a soda glass with a straw sucking up the carbon of the fossil fuels (represented in the mirror). The golden leaves are also hands that hold the glass.

The large paving stones below were made in 2000 with my 3 boys. Then using recycled low fired ceramics and having been jumped on regularly without being laid properly into the ground have now suffered the ravishes of time.

"Green Woodpecker" made by me and Arthur at 4 years old

"Owl" by Dan

"Pterodactyl" by Charlie

Here is a picture of Charlie age 7 taking the paper off his Pterodactyl.

mad about dinosaurs Charlie age 7