I'm very proud of this one. We recently went on a tour of Anhauser-Busch here in St. Louis. We got to get up close to a Clydesdale, which was thrilling. I photographed this wonderful creature named Rock On. Then went home, and 100 hours later...voila! A mosaic of him. I tried to recreate the stables behind him.
Here are one of my more recent mosaics. (I'm terrible at updating this blog!)
I called this one Summer and Autumn. I contacted an Instagram friend in Finland to get permission to mosaic one of her photos. She agreed, then wanted to purchase it. I gifted it to her. Since then, I've recreated it 2 more times. I love the feeling of the autumn leaf and bright white flower.
I know...it's April, almost May. I'm going to be more present on this blog. So....we've moved from Texas to St. Louis, and...we're moving again, but only across the street. The Best part is we're building a studio at the back of the house! So Exciting!
I've, of course, been making mosaics. My current one is called Barcelona, from a photo I took on La Rombla. Pretty excited about this one. Next step is the sidewalk, which will be glass pounded to a pulp.
Here are a few of my newer mosaics.
I Just finished Longhorn, he's in a large barn wood frame and I am thinking of adding homemade barbed wire across the middle. I took a photo of this handsome guy outside of Lawrence, Kansas on a bike ride.
Giraffe was fun, he's whimsical and I love him. He was exhibited in a juried show in Chesterfield, Missouri.
The Black and White Iris was also in a juried show, the art had to be black and white. This piece sold.
Kitty in the Window is one of my favorites. He's inspired by a photo of our own cat who loved to sit in the window.
My three mosaics got quite a few votes! The VW bus was second place in the gallery, but I'll take it!
Probably the mosaic that gets discussed the most at art shows, my VW bus. It came to be from, first my experiences in the 60's, but also from this photo I took of an old VW bus we saw in a parking lot in Houston. I wonder who owns it, and I loved his license plate, just couldn't fit it in the mosaic.
I have been honored to get to know our next door Texas neighbor and brilliant, well-known photographer, Ike Fordyce. He humbles me by bringing over some of his photographs for me to mosaic. Here are three: The Black Winged Stilt, Egret in the Swamp and Gulls on the Rocks. Gulls on the Rocks was tricky, as I wanted to make sure the gulls looked like they were Standing On the rocks instead of Embedded In the rocks. I used my saw to cut out layers of the gulls shapes in order to make the mosaic-ed images stand out. I also started buying rocks, quite a few of them, as I wanted variation. At one point, our delivery post office carrier drove up and just pointed to the back seat of her car, as it was a Very large box of rocks. So..,.I have rocks to spare.
Two amazing art shows this summer, lots of new work, commissions... I've been busy. I've also been exploring a new technique, Glass on Glass.
Follow me on Instagram (MosaicsbyVirgene) thanks to my truly talented daughter, Alexa. She manages the site, and surprises me daily by posting one of my mosaics.