Monday, November 9, 2009

Sunset translation

From Wikipedia....

Mosaic is the art of creating images with an assemblage of small pieces of colored glass, stone, or other materials. It may be a technique of decorative art, an aspect of interior decoration, or of cultural and spiritual significance as in a cathedral. Small pieces, normally roughly cubic, of stone or glass of different colors, known as tesserae, (diminutive tessellae), are used to create a pattern or picture.

Every day there is inspiration coming into view for mosaic design. Here in San Diego, there are beautiful sunsets galore that inspire new designs for paintings, mosaics and graphic art. Pictured here is a sunset that inspired the following design for a mosaic arch in a garden retreat. The size is 42 inches wide by 30 inches high. Picture the individual pieces in glass tile of many different sizes. for mosaic and landscape designs inspired by San Diego.

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Luna the Tuna

One year ago today, I had to say goodbye to my wonderful companion of 11 years, Luna. She was bright and goofy and always fun to have around. I had many endearing names for her and I still think of the silly names I called her on a daily basis. My favorite was Luna the Tuna. I don't remember why, but the name stuck with us for her whole life.
I gave her to my husband as an anniversary gift, she was the fifth of a litter of 13 puppies. My daughter Sarah and I drove to Washington state from Salem Oregon and along the way, we talked about whether the car would be big enough to carry a Great Dane puppy back to Oregon. I have been in love with Great Danes ever since.
In the months after she came to live with us, we became the best of friends and bonded for the rest of her life. I have so many stories from over the years and there will never be another like her. She brought such joy to my life.
My memories and computer are full of her. Here are a few photos that I love the best.

Monday, July 28, 2008

Wordle fun

I came across Wordle a couple of weeks ago and had lots of fun trying out shapes and colors. It's a word cloud creator where you enter text to create a random design. This is one that I did with the introductory information on my business.

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Sunday, July 27, 2008

So where does it come from?

Quite often, I am asked where I get my inspiration for my designs. There is only one answer to is nature. There is an endless supply of variations in texture, color, composition for each and every new inspiration or creation. It's all there and ready to be reassembled into more exciting mosaics. Mosaics of light, color, line and movement.

A couple of days ago, I read a wonderful article in the LA Times about artist Robert Irwin and the central gardens that he designed at the Getty Center in Los Angeles. What amazed me was that it was met with controversy because it was done by an artist instead of a garden expert. These gardens are alive with movement and interesting color and texture variations to celebrate nature and his own artistic vision.

Here is the article:,0,5566108.story