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nicethymeJanuary 7, 2010

LOL ever name something and realize how tired you're going to be of writing it? LOL

okay, next project, started out thinking one wild rooster and then I lost my mind and drew a whole yard full

here's the prelim design

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nicethyme

here's bedspread I liked at my hotel, for inspiration

    Bookmark   January 7, 2010 at 9:19AM
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nicethyme

this is my chicken worthy "pile oh tess" lol

    Bookmark   January 7, 2010 at 9:21AM
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nicethyme

started making a substrate last night... its an experiment and I have to figure out the hanging hardware yet..

oops I should go get my mortar and warm it up huh... I'm cementing in the house today (unbeknownst to my Dh)

    Bookmark   January 7, 2010 at 9:24AM
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nicethyme

I wrapped it in drywall tape

and thats where I'm at right now. I wonder if my sand is frozen... oy

    Bookmark   January 7, 2010 at 9:26AM
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nicethyme

mortaring the back 1st

    Bookmark   January 7, 2010 at 1:28PM
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texaswild

OHMYGOODNESS!!! You l'il artist, you!! W/this be for outside - thus the reason for thinset? It's gonna be wonderful - love those colors. This is gonna be so much fun to watch. Wish I could find such beautiful dishes. I'm floundering for my next project, and it's so cold, even w/the heat on in the garage and workshop AND thermal undies under sweat suit, that I can't seem to get much excitement to begin.

    Bookmark   January 7, 2010 at 6:07PM
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becky_ia

OMG this is going to be so awesome! Your choices of tess is extraordinary & very well chosen. And how brave to experiment with the substrate. This is going to be fun to watch! Please post pictures for us each step of the way.

becky

    Bookmark   January 7, 2010 at 6:11PM
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Calamity_J

Love it all!!! Your substrate idea is super cool! And I too am drooling over those dishes!!!ha! Is this to be hung up or just left as is? Is this for outside? Love the drawing!

    Bookmark   January 7, 2010 at 7:56PM
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nanatricia

They said it all .I love those dish s You are like me I will try any thing once!!

    Bookmark   January 7, 2010 at 9:58PM
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cathyscache

oh WAY COOL!!! The dishes are great!! Love the all the colors and if I could only draw like that!!! I'm lucky to get a tree to look like a TREE!!!!! Lookin forward to watching the progress!!!!

    Bookmark   January 7, 2010 at 10:04PM
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nicethyme

its for hanging and will be an indoor piece, but its really an experiment to see if I can may a lightwt but really tuff substaight. So when I do the Queen of Dress Up Portrait, it will have to be big and light...

Tomorrow I'll have to figure out the hanging hardware issues before I coat the front

    Bookmark   January 7, 2010 at 11:14PM
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texaswild

Yeah, I'm thinking that hanging that material presents a challenge. How about two thin metal bands (flashing) running from the bottom - wrap to the bottom front, all the way up the back covered in thinset, and mirror hooks attached in back to those metal bands?

    Bookmark   January 8, 2010 at 8:49AM
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jenel

What a fun, creative idea! I'll be very interested to hear how it works for you. If it works well, then for future projects you can cut the styrofoam to any shape before you start.

I've never worked with broken dishes, but I'm kind of getting an itch to start one. It's really cold outside today, but maybe I want to do this enough to go check out some local antique shops to find plates.

I am so looking forward to watching your progress with this!

    Bookmark   January 8, 2010 at 10:39AM
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nicethyme

I got the hanging issues figured out by copying the Wedi board hangers, I mashed a couple washers concave, added a plastice washer made from a milk jug and then cranked on it till it pulled into the foam, then concreted over. I put d hangers on the back under the nut

    Bookmark   January 12, 2010 at 1:29PM
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nicethyme

so now I've sketched out the design

    Bookmark   January 12, 2010 at 1:31PM
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Calamity_J

I'm Loving this!!!!

    Bookmark   January 12, 2010 at 2:18PM
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texaswild

What she said. Thanks for the tip on hanging the foam. Suppose the same w/work on Hardibacker?????

    Bookmark   January 12, 2010 at 4:58PM
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nicethyme

good question, one would think so right?

made a start today

    Bookmark   January 13, 2010 at 8:01PM
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texaswild

OHMYGOSH - You really know how to put the pieces together. LOVE this already.

    Bookmark   January 14, 2010 at 8:29AM
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Calamity_J

WOW! did you nip that red part or use a saw? Amazing!!!

    Bookmark   January 14, 2010 at 9:15AM
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nicethyme

thank you ladies! Jane, I nipped that, only using the saw to thin out the thicker shards.

this is todays effort, not sure about her yet. Maybe whenI get back from this weekends workshop I'll have some new eyes for it!

    Bookmark   January 14, 2010 at 11:25PM
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calinromania

niceee....
the chickens at my parents' farm don't look so posh!
:)
beads, porcelain, millefiori... HMMM....

i just wanna know... will you be able to give each chicken different features to make it distinct from the other ones?
I c u r using different materials for each chicken. this is good.

:)

    Bookmark   January 15, 2010 at 4:18AM
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nicethyme

Thank you Cal, yeah that is my concern as well. Making them all distinct yet repeating all the colors enough to get continuety as well

    Bookmark   January 15, 2010 at 8:21AM
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Calamity_J

Have fun at your workshop!!! This is gonna be another amazing pc...I can already tell!!!

    Bookmark   January 15, 2010 at 8:55AM
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flagtruck

I am lovin this and to think I only liked chickens for their eggs and manure! LOL. This is going to be beautiful.

    Bookmark   January 15, 2010 at 10:25AM
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nicethyme

well, this is fun switching from glass portrait to shard chickens. but I'm determined to work them both.

here's is this morning few hours effort

    Bookmark   January 20, 2010 at 1:13PM
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Calamity_J

WOW! Amazing! Love the way you got the leg comingdown...in the front chicken. I'm really liking this! Do tell us about your course!

    Bookmark   January 21, 2010 at 1:01AM
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texaswild

Oh, am I lovin' this one too. Gonna be a real beautiful piece when grouted. Where w/this one hang?

    Bookmark   January 21, 2010 at 8:35AM
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nicethyme

I think it could gover over my dining room table, on a mustard wall. Either that or I ciould rearrange my red wall to accomadate it. (I'm secretly hoping to show it in a gallery though) shhh - I don't want to jinx myself. lol

a bit more today

    Bookmark   January 21, 2010 at 6:23PM
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nicethyme

wow proofread much? I wasn't drinking I swear

    Bookmark   January 21, 2010 at 8:48PM
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nanatricia

Girl that is looking so great!!! I am loving it.

    Bookmark   January 21, 2010 at 9:47PM
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texaswild

Looking so good. Those chicks are going to town on the corn someone threw down. I can almost hear the clucking.

    Bookmark   January 22, 2010 at 9:33AM
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Calamity_J

Them thar is a bunch a Country Quilt Chickens...a new breed! Don't let Foghorn Leghorn near em!!!ha!

    Bookmark   January 22, 2010 at 10:23AM
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nicethyme

a few more done this morning

    Bookmark   January 22, 2010 at 3:12PM
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addiesue

OH..MY...GOSH!! You are incredible! I love how you've pulled in so many different patterns and colors to make up the individual chickens. This is way above my head...my brain doesn't think on this level...lol. Very original! LOVE IT!

Addiesue

    Bookmark   January 22, 2010 at 8:53PM
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texaswild

Amazing again. Your shard work reminds me of someone on the Junk side, whose name I can't remember. Y'all really have a way w/those pieces. I so love this project.

    Bookmark   January 23, 2010 at 9:15AM
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nicethyme

my shard work reminds me of someone on THIS board... mmmm Slow! lol really don't shake your head, it was your style using footers and chunky pieces that always came off with a Mexican folk art look that I LOVED!

All the other plate people are way more precise, Annie, Lyndalu and Tasymo - all very talented but a very different look and feel to their pieces. I tried that with my tea set remember? and afterward I thought it was pretty but man what a lot of fuss, matching up the pattern and fitting it so tight - thats just not me.

its your work that inspires this, Slowmedown!

Thank you too, Addiesue

    Bookmark   January 23, 2010 at 10:30AM
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texaswild

OH THAT'S IT!!! TASYMO - she REALLY is good w/shards. Thanks for your compliment, NT. I'm gonna try to do better on mine - use smaller pieces - after watching you work.

    Bookmark   January 23, 2010 at 6:32PM
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nicethyme

Tasy is EXTRAORDINARY with shards, remember her chair! miss her around here.

I'm done with cutting shards now, need to thinset so I can make the legs and get on the figuring out the background

    Bookmark   January 28, 2010 at 11:09AM
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nicethyme

oops, forgot the pic DOH!

    Bookmark   January 28, 2010 at 11:10AM
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calinromania

mmm....I like it!
Would blend in on the side wall of my parents' house. exactly where the chicken yard is.
They'd have lots of other guests for dinner!
:)
MMM... do those roosters ever fight? If we have more than 1, they kinda do that!
:)

    Bookmark   January 29, 2010 at 2:27AM
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fldirt

WOW! This is going to be amazing. You girls are really very talented. The chickens look great. I can just see hens in the courtyard scratching around for feed.

    Bookmark   January 29, 2010 at 9:02PM
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cathyscache

NICE: This is going to be an amazing piece!!!! Can't wait to see it done...WOW............Way too cool!!!

    Bookmark   January 29, 2010 at 10:57PM
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nicethyme

thank you guys! I got the legs done, started the background and last night I grouted 6 chickens

    Bookmark   January 31, 2010 at 11:06AM
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nicethyme

grouted the rest of the chickens today

    Bookmark   February 1, 2010 at 5:34PM
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coppertop367

That is awesome!!! I have chickens in my kitchen..

    Bookmark   February 4, 2010 at 5:18PM
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nicethyme

hey thanks Copper! good to see you

here is the background andamento, I'm trying to create persective by using smaller pieces as I get further up the piece

    Bookmark   February 4, 2010 at 8:20PM
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ans_garden

I just popped in to look around and HAVE to say thanks for sharing this as you go. I have no time these days for mosaic projects and watching this from step 1 is the next best thing to making one! Not to mention, it is beautiful.

How big is this? And did you use thinset for the substrate or another kind of mortar? If your Wedi-substitute works, you are my hero - Wedi is expensive and not easy to come by.

BTW - I LOVE that you used the back side of glass tile for the ribbed chicken legs (perfect effect) & different colored grout for the chickens. The background andamento is going to be lovely too.

    Bookmark   February 5, 2010 at 10:32AM
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kacram

this is beautiful

    Bookmark   February 5, 2010 at 12:26PM
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fldirt

This is going to be so beautiful when you are done, I can't wait. What an incredible job you are doing.

    Bookmark   February 5, 2010 at 8:04PM
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texaswild

You win again. Your work improves w/each project. I LOVE this one. The chicken legs are sooooooo good. Looks like the front one is gonna move any minute. You, like Tasymo, can get such small details out of shards. I have a longing to get back to work, but still too tired from the trip.

    Bookmark   February 6, 2010 at 8:43AM
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nicethyme

thank you all for your comments, (good to see you hme Slow)

Ans, its approx 17 by 36? and it was portland and sand but I'm thinking with would have been lighter with just a slurry of thinset painted on... live and learn

I am in the home stretch and hoped to be grouting today but a recurring headache keeps hampering those plans... this is where I am right now - hope to finish glueing today

    Bookmark   February 6, 2010 at 3:46PM
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texaswild

Your andamento on the background is so beautiful. What are those background tiles? They're perfect for this. BTW - I posted pictures of the workshop on the conversation side.

    Bookmark   February 6, 2010 at 5:19PM
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nicethyme

Aren't those beautiful? they ARE perfect and really making the chickens glow. Its Cinca unglazed porcelian - got them from WitsEnd.com I'm combining terra cotta and granite brown.

    Bookmark   February 6, 2010 at 7:29PM
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nanatricia

Girl it is somthing .I just love this !
Glad you are home slow

    Bookmark   February 6, 2010 at 9:38PM
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nicethyme

and its done!!! I can't get a decent pic yet but good enough for now

    Bookmark   February 8, 2010 at 10:50AM
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ans_garden

I love unglazed porcelain - it's so earthy. The colors you used and the andamento contrasts perfectly with those wild, colorful chickens. Bravo!

Thanks for sharing your substrate info - I would really like to try this someday when I have more time. Now that it's done, have you weighed it?

    Bookmark   February 8, 2010 at 12:09PM
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texaswild

Truly a work of real art.

    Bookmark   February 8, 2010 at 12:43PM
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nicethyme

thanks!

its certainly heavy, but it appears to be a large block of cement so its lighter than it looks. I don't have scales so I can't wiegh it unfortunately.

    Bookmark   February 8, 2010 at 12:50PM
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silvamae

I don't know how I missed this post before now. This work of art is amazing! I love love love it. Beautiful composition, colors, such innovative use of shards. You are so talented.

    Bookmark   February 8, 2010 at 3:41PM
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coppertop367

Absolutely beautiful!!!! Great job!!!

    Bookmark   February 9, 2010 at 11:48AM
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silvamae

Nice, you probably already know this, but on CMA, if you select photos and then sort by Most Popular, out of 13,505 photos, yours is Number One! Woo-hoo!

    Bookmark   February 9, 2010 at 2:33PM
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nicethyme

wow, really? its really kind of shocking how well this is being recieved there.. maybe I should work in pique assiette more often huh? cool!

    Bookmark   February 9, 2010 at 4:48PM
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texaswild

DUH!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Bookmark   February 9, 2010 at 5:24PM
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nicethyme

HA HAA HA, I think I've just been smacked on the back of the head by a redhead in Texas! lol

    Bookmark   February 9, 2010 at 5:52PM
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texaswild

Yup - oh - you watch NCIS too, huh? NT: - ANYTHING you do is outstanding - no matter what medium!!!

    Bookmark   February 10, 2010 at 9:04AM
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silvamae

Just looked at the photos on CMA again this morning, and guess what? ChickchickchicKEN is STILL Number One in popularity . . . I just can't stop looking at it. Fabu!

    Bookmark   February 10, 2010 at 10:22AM
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nicethyme

LOL Slow!

Silva, that is kind of thrilling hey! I put this on the critique group and its been interesting to me that all 3 replies so far have said they can't make out whats going on just behind the front rooster , suggesting that it should have been a more open composition... LOL I think that means I accomplished my goal of depicting chickens feeding!lol These folks evidently have never watched how that works, not telling where one chicken ends and another begins! I do agree with them that some shadows would have been good, I couldn't find the right thing in my stash to depict it....

    Bookmark   February 10, 2010 at 11:30AM
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texaswild

You're right - they're city folks, and have never watched chickens in a group eating. Good GRIEF - the contrast is there - Rhode Island Red between two White Leghorns!!!!!!!

    Bookmark   February 10, 2010 at 1:01PM
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nicethyme

LOL you are RIGHT! but evidently without seeing their heads, they can't figure it out. They all made the point that I gave more detail to the blackie in the way back - I guess just beacuse you can make out its head, but I purposely skewed his details so I don't agree with that.

I think, they are describing a desire for a portrait in still life rather than the frenzied movement of chickens feeding. Critiques are interesting that way. I feel strongly that I portrayed the subject matter well enough to convey the story without explaination. But when speciffically asked how it could be improved, some suggest you change the story.

oh well, thanks for all the support and compliments on this.

    Bookmark   February 11, 2010 at 11:40AM
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texaswild

Oh, definitely - your story is so plain, a cave man could understand it. Stick to your guns.

    Bookmark   February 11, 2010 at 11:45AM
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fldirt

I think it turned out beautiful! You are truly very talented. Good job.

    Bookmark   February 12, 2010 at 3:58PM
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mahatmacat1

WOW...I frequent other boards here but also do mosaics too, am on the MAO list, and came here because someone posted a g'web staircase--I searched for it, saw nicethyme's TG version and WOW, nicethyme, you do amazing work! What's the CMA? I'll have to mosey on over here more often. Seriously impressive.

    Bookmark   February 13, 2010 at 12:08PM
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nicethyme

thank you so much for the compliments Fldirt (love that name) and Flyleft, show us your work, we love pictures!!!

GW won't let us give site addresses to places they consider competition. I've been warned before..

    Bookmark   February 13, 2010 at 2:25PM
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mahatmacat1

I have no drawing ability at all, as opposed to you with your *incredible* drawing ability...I think that's one thing that really separates out a true artist from people who do mosaic...you're clearly a true artist. Mostly I'm restricting myself to doing things around the house so far--did a backsplash (my first thing) in Sicis waterglass, an adapted Amish crazy quilt pattern which involved no cutting at all until the top edge. I wanted regular and subtle, rather than exuberant, for resale (although the units are mounted on polycarbonate and there's drywall behind it in case people just hate it). I have a final part of that, above the sink, which I'm not letting myself do until I finish DD's bath, which I'm doing out of Pratt & Larson seconds tiles--31 linear feet of 9-3/4" wide. I did some work with Oregon rock slices to intersperse them in mosaic for our master bath...and the most fun so far has been a portrait of a particular cougar for the Steve Irwin Memorial Wall at the Australia Zoo a couple of years ago now (is it really that long?) I'll link to that because it's most like what I'd let myself do if I ever finish these architectural projects!

Here is a link that might be useful: dear Malina...all I have is a color xerox...

    Bookmark   February 13, 2010 at 3:51PM
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mahatmacat1

I also wanted to say that the mosaic that will be in Mosaic Art Now (I've already pre-ordered :)) with the watches is just unbelievably wonderful. I so appreciated the WIP photos--I'd thought at the beginning that it might end up too busy but the way you handled the grouting and the background ended up more than amazingly clear and rich at the same time. Really an incredible accomplishment of coordination of field and detail. I think I have a new mosaic goddess to add to my pantheon :)

    Bookmark   February 13, 2010 at 9:19PM
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texaswild

OHMYGOODNESS. Your mosaic is fabulous. You give yourself far too little credit, FLY. You are some kind of wonderful artist. Enjoyed your paintings too. IMO, one doesn't need to draw in order to produce art. I used to labor w/that fact when I was painting in oils. I LOVE your art. What an honor to have your work in Sandra R's wall.

    Bookmark   February 14, 2010 at 8:25AM
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nicethyme

WOW that cougar is AWESOME!!! and being included in the memorial is quite an honor, congratulations.

Slow is absolutely right,
and I'm hoping to make you feel better about your skills. While I can draw fairly decently, this particular project was designed by cutting out chickens from several resized photos, taping them down the way I liked them and then I TRACED IT! so there! lol See, what you can do, can lead to great art!!!! And it does, because that cougar ROCKS.

Thank you for your compliments on the Sidonea, it really came off very nicely and its loved by the owner! We should be getting the MAN soon too, I think. Another cool surprise to me was that I was invited by Brit Hammer to submit pictures of it for her latest book as well. Its called Break Out and features a load of great mosaics including a whole chapter on Lin Schorr's collabrative murals. Thats available through Blurb if anyone's interested.

    Bookmark   February 14, 2010 at 2:14PM
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mahatmacat1

Thanks, nice & slow (o.k., that's kind of funny :)). Actually everyone in the entire world who wanted to contribute to that memorial could do so...

And AH, so you didn't freehand all those roosters? But you still have an amazing eye. The 3D rooster attests to that.

And, um, slow...those paintings aren't done by me. I just had the luck to find them at a thrift shop, which is a somewhat serious addiction for me. I'm a great curator, I'll give myself that much :)

but thanks for the welcome and appreciation--definitely buoys me up as I try to slug away at the bathroom project. I'll post a separate thread about it soon. Back to your amazing work here--you know, this is one reason why on HD and Kitchens threads, I always say that folks shouldn't order anonymous reproduction-of-classical mosaics from Israel via eBay, they should support *local* US mosaicists! There's one woman who has a mosaic of roosters pecking that she's so proud of, over her stove, and wouldn't *this* have been SO much better, in that she'd know the person who made it, it would be of recycled materials, and of course, it would keep her money in the country's economy!

    Bookmark   February 14, 2010 at 11:27PM
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Calamity_J

Nice & Slow! Lol!!!

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toomuchglass

My jaw is dropping in awe .....

    Bookmark   November 1, 2011 at 10:40PM
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