Weekly Photo Challenge: Path
Mosaic Path: I began my mosaic learning journey one weekend with Isaiah Zagar from The Magic Gardens in Philadelphia, PA.
A few weeks later, I asked for someone to volunteer a blank wall on which I could practice my new skills—thus the nautilus.
I moved on to using a mesh, cutting and tapping away leaving chards of glass all over our bedroom floor: This project resulted in a twelve-foot, messy mosaic landscape mural underneath our windows outside (still unfinished–but the neighbors love it anway).
And then I had designs on making an outdoor table… because, gosh, it must be easier than hanging a twelve-foot mural six inches from the ground. The day I poured the grout it was 92º outside and probably 98º in the garage. Some of the tiles were buried under the soupy grout, and it dried so quickly leaving me hours of cleaning the film off most of the tiles. (Geesh.) But the jellyfish swam to the surface, so I’m not unhappy with the result.
When I saw a mosaic course in Ravenna, Italy, my interest was more than piqued. Six months later, a friend and I were on the plane and enrolled in the Ravenna Mosaic School of Art. There I learned the ancient method of creating mosaic art with a lot less unnecessary work.
Since I retired four years ago, I’ve become more skilled as a self-taught acrylics painter; learned Level I archery; tried my Gumby skills at yoga; took lessons in painting with watercolors; caught halibut and King Salmon in Alaska; wielded a rifle shooting sporting clays… My path is winding. My path is sometimes difficult My path has many directions. My path is well-lit, and I’m going down as many as I can.
Daily Gratitude: window shopping; a nice chat with a friend from school who I ran into in the ShopRite parking; having a large family who can envelope my cousin, D at her time of need
Quote of the Day: Better to light a candle than to curse the darkness. ~Chinese Proverb
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