before the skin

You knew it was inevitable!  I did.  For a while there, I thought mosaics might be different … that I might stick to one project until it was done.  Perhaps I was misled by the structured nature of attending workshops – couldn’t show lovely Merryl and my fellow workshop creatives that I was fickle and hopped from one project to another :-)

looking down from the top

Then I realised … most of them did!  And when I walked in last week, despite my whale and her girl looking so lovely, despite not having been for a week because of the flu, despite really wanting to have my whale and her girl finished and hanging on the wall in our little cottage at Wombat Hill … I found myself cautiously asking Merryl

fig and poppy

“Would it be okay if I started something else today?”

with the skin

“Of course!” she smiled.  “Did you have anything in mind?”  Oh yes!  My head is always bursting with dreams of what I could make next.  I wanted round.  Something that could be used outdoors (so concrete board).  Something with a face.  Something with flowers.  Something that could be finished a bit quicker (isn’t that always the way … and yet seldom works out that way!)


Merryl found me a board.  I quickly gathered some of my favourite tiles and put together a simple geometric border … then once that was on, began sketching in my face, my flowers …


… and have spent the last 4 blissful visits to the mosaic workshop thinking up ways to make my flowers and filling out my flower girl’s face and cardigan.

flowers on the left

Perhaps it will be a table top – the rather chunky amber coloured beads at her neck would make for a bumpy rest for a plate or tea cup, but you know, I would know it was there and so would avoid it.  I’ll just have to make sure I’m always the one that sits at that side.
looking up

Or perhaps I’ll hang it on the wall of our porch at Wombat Hill.

looking across

There is something so wonderful about cutting and placing all these little shapes – I especially love using squares and rectangles – such as in the face above – always makes me think of ancient mosaics and cobbled paths.

I wonder if I shall finish this one before starting the next!


flower girl :: a mosaic

4 thoughts on “flower girl :: a mosaic

  • August 27, 2015 at 7:43 pm

    Oh, my goodness, it’s beautiful! Finish this one first!

  • August 31, 2015 at 1:28 pm

    She’s gorgeous Lily. Table or verandah wall, either would be perfect. I can feel your excitement as each day passes and you get that little bit closer to moving to your dream. Such wonderful times ahead for you and part of the fun is the imaginings. Thinking about all you will do when you get there. I’m so very happy for you.
    Blessings Gail.

  • September 1, 2015 at 1:41 am

    So pretty, but…Could she smile a little secret Mona Lisa smile even tho her eyes are closed? Just a crinkle in the cheek? She could be contemplating her next adventure in the garden, quietly excited…

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