Just finished. I’m pleased to share my most recent mosaic artwork with the world. The idea and inspiration for this project came from my yoga practice. As I become more in tune with the flow of yoga, its connection to my art becomes stronger and more apparent.
In readying myself to begin a new artwork, there are several steps I take before adhering anything to a substrate. For this project, I wanted to explore a ‘balance and flow’ concept, so I began by doodling a series of thumbnail sketches that would outline a very basic plan of how the andamento, or flow of lines would take shape. Once I selected the thumbnail that best suited my intention, I drew “placeholder tesserae” on tracing paper that I would use in the mosaic to ensure the finished art looked similar to what I had originally envisioned. Only then did I begin considering materials and colors that would enhance that image. What feeling was I trying to convey and how would I best utilize color, shape, size, texture, orientation and contrast to deliver on the idea of balance and flow?