I am always looking for inspiration for my mosaic art. I might find a colorful leaf and take a picture for future reference or purchase stones just because I like the color. Somewhere down the road I know that the images and stones will come together.
I’m constantly on the lookout to expand my collection of minerals and stones to use in both my fine art and mosaic art jewelry. The stones in this collage I purchased at the annual Society of American Mosaic Artists vendor show. I was drawn to these calcite stones with their various shades of orange and think the colors are perfect to welcome autumn. To purchase these or similar pieces, please visit my online shop.
If you have pictures or stones you would like made into custom earrings, pendants, or cuff links, feel free to email me and we can collaborate on something unique.
Up Close With Nature by Wendy Gray Raven
Something as seemingly insignificant as a single leaf can serve as inspiration for a piece of art. This series of images expresses just that, showing my design process for a mosaic based on a leaf I photographed at the Garfield Park Conservatory in Chicago. The top right image shows the actual leaf; below it is a sketch for the design, followed by the work in progress. Using marble, stone, handmade ceramics, and Italian smalti I reinterpreted the leaf into a mosaic.
The Garfield Park Conservatory, designed by landscape architect Jens Jenson, is an amazing place to enjoy plants and flowers from around the world. My family spent many hours at the park exploring exotic ecosystems, public art exhibits, and a pond full of turtles. Unfortunately, the June 30th Chicago hailstorm caused extensive damage to park’s structures, plants, and equipment. Visit their site, Garfield Park Conservatory, to learn more about the conservatory and the fundraising efforts to restore it to its former glory.