Do you like my title for this blog post? I like it, but I amuse myself. However that (thinking up pithy blog titles) is about the extent of my creativity in the time of Covid. Consequently, I’ve been thinking a lot about buying a new house – one with two bathrooms; one bathroom for the healthy people and one for the sick people. Not that we have any sick people yet, but you never know …. This (thinking about buying a new house) is what I do when I don’t spend time on my art projects. When I’m in the right frame of mind and the weather permits, fiddling with tiles is my passion. I’ve been inspired by a fellow blogger to be arty this month, so I’ve started the prep for a couple of mosaics.
I quite like to make mosaics of birds. Regular readers will know that I like to photograph birds too. Here is one that I made years ago of a very clownish cockatoo. Its bright yellow crest is exaggerated so that I can see it from my kitchen window. It is a bit worse for wear. Rain and frost have cracked many of the tiles, but it is still quite charming in that shabby bird chic sort of way.
I have plans to make another bird mosaic – a nankeen kestral – and I’ve completed the drawing on the backing board. Here is a photo of the bird that is the model for the drawing. I think I want to bring out the red and lilac tones in the mosaic. We shall see.
I really have been rather devoid of mosaic inspiration, so I have been telling myself to just do something simple. I’ve wanted to make another fairy mosaic for a while now, so I thought that would I have a crack at that. To take the pressure off myself to come up with a design, I pulled out my children’s drawing book on fantasy art. I decided on a chimera and have completed a drawing that I quite like. It is different from the drawing in the book, and it will change again before I’m finished with it. It is important to me that I get the eyes right. She looks sad, don’t you think? The next step in the process is to draw this image on the backing board ready for mosaicing.
Yeah, I know it is not simple. It will keep me occupied and off the internet looking at real estate. Maybe I will be able to start mosaicing next month if the weather warms up. I’m looking forward to spending some quality time in my mosaic studio (aka my backyard).
This is my contribution to the Lens-Artists Weekly Challenge – Creativity in the Time of Covid. This photo challenge is growing in popularity. Check it out.