A Mosaic of Ideas About Life, Art & Superfluous Adornment.

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Learning From Experience

"The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the 

utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and 

richer experience." 


Today I had the privilege of re-visiting one of my first "professional" mosaic back splashes. My friend, Kelly and I designed, made and installed this about 8 years ago. It was a great experience, one that provided confidence and basic know-how for the next job. My friend who commissioned the mosaic has sold the house and when I photographed this today I thought I would be sad to possibly never see it again. In the making of it I did so much pondering and praying over its soon to be owners that once we installed it I was glad to move on and leave it in its permanent spot. My part alone was almost 200 hours. It is kind of like preparing for and having a baby, except that once it is "born" it is a static immovable work of art that won't grow or change. You notice all the possibilities of how it could have been improved or altered only after it is finally installed, and then like a child leaving the nest, you must set it free hoping you did everything in your power at the time to create a pleasing product.
Re-visiting it helped me to realize how much I have improved as an artist, and after inspecting it by taking some final pictures I am ready to let it go; for I have lived it, experienced it to the utmost, and now am ready to reach out eagerly and without fear for a newer and richer experience. This may all sound a bit melodramatic, unless you have experienced all that goes into an initial idea, lengthy design process, and production of a large project. It is love of a sort that I will definitely be spending time with again. 
Here is Mike & Suzanne's kitchen backsplash mosaic. The initial design was worked around three adored frog tiles that Suzanne brought back from a vacation. I made a template of the walls, laid the tiles in place and started drawing the tropical and beloved flowers and frogs around them. One of my favorite parts of the mosaic is the koi pond with Suzanne's Grandmother's plates (the orange and white dots). It was a labor of love, love of the craft, the subject matter, and the people to whom the house belongs.

































Sunday, March 10, 2013

Year Long 2013 A Work of Art Class Schedule!



"Art makes the spirit soar. And when the spirit is lifted, life 

follows." 

a Work of Art Studio 2013 Class Schedule 
Here is the year long schedule of art classes for our studio. Check it out and start planning your classes today. This is just a preliminary list, individual class descriptions and possible changes may follow. If you are interested in any of these classes, please email the studio at aworkofartstudio@me.com and get on the class list, pre-payment is necessary to verify your spot, so either stop by the shop and pay or mail your payment to:
A Work of Art Studio & Salon
PO Box 374
Lakeview, MI 48850

As each month rolls around a description and price will be available on this blog or on my FaceBook page: https://www.facebook.com/AWorkofArtStudio

March 
Tuesday, March 12
  • 3PM Oil Painting 
  • 6PM Braided Rug Making and / or Prodded Rug Making
  • 7PM Oil Painting
Thursday, March 15
  • 6PM Mosaic Class
Tuesday, March 19
  • 3PM Oil Painting 
  • 6PM Braided Rug Making and / or Prodded Rug Making
  • 7PM Oil Painting
Thursday, March 21
  • 6PM Mosaic Class
Saturday, March 23
  • 10AM Hand Built Pottery Class – Glaze Pottery
Tuesday, March 26
  • 3PM Oil Painting 
  • 6PM Braided Rug Making and / or Prodded Rug Making
  • 7PM Oil Painting
Thursday, March 28
  • 6-9 OPEN STUDIO




April  
Tuesday, April 2
  • 6PM  Beginning Crocheting and Felting Project – Journal/Notebook Cover
Wednesday, April 3
  • 11AM  Quilting Bee:  All Are Welcome

Thursday, April 4
  • 6PM Mosaic
Thursday, April 9
  • 6PM Beginning Crocheting and Felting Project – Journal/Notebook Cover
Thursday, April 11
  • 6PM Soap Making
Tuesday, April 23
  • 6PM Beginning Crocheting and Felting Project – Journal/Notebook Cover
Thursday, April 25
  • 6-9 OPEN STUDIO
Tuesday, April 30
  • 6PM Beginning Crocheting and Felting Project – Journal/Notebook Cover
May  
Wednesday, May 1
  • 11AM Quilting Bee:  All Are Welcome

Thursday, May 2
  • 6PM Stained Glass 
Tuesday, May 7
  • 6-7 Planning for Summerfest
  • 6-9  Stained Glass
Thursday, May 9
  • 6-9 Work on Summerfest project
Saturday, May 11
  • 1-4 Mixed Media – “Wild” crafting and photography (Outdoor Project)
Tuesday, May 14
  • No CLASS CURRENTLY SCHEDULED 
Thursday, May 16
  • 6-9 Cement Leaf Making
Saturday, May 18
  • Alternate Date for Outdoor Project
Tuesday, May 21
  • 6-9 Beginning Quilting
Thursday, May 23
  • 6-9 Cement Leaf Making
Tuesday, May 28
  • 6-9 Beginning Quilting
Thursday, May 30 
  • MEMORIAL DAY HOLIDAY



June 
Wednesday, June 5
  • 11AM Quilting Bee: All Are WElcome

Saturday, June 15
9 AM Setup for Summerfest


**July and August are intentionally missing.  We are currently planning a limited schedule of summer classes.  We will post the summer classes after the schedule is finalized**
September
Tuesday, September 3
  • 6-9  Beginning Textiles in Weaving
Wednesday, September 4
  • 11AM Quilting Bee: All Are Welcome
Thursday, September 5
  • 6-9PM Mixed Media

Tuesday, September 10
  • 6-9  Beginning Textiles in Weaving
Thursday, September 12
  • 6-9 Mixed Media
Tuesday, September 17
  • 6-9  Beginning Textiles in Weaving
Thursday, September 19
  • 6-9 Mixed Media
12 Weeks Of Christmas Starts
Tuesday, September 24
  • 6-9 Basket Weaving
Thursday, September 26
  • 6-9 Basket Weaving
October
Tuesday, October 1
  • 6-9 Calligraphy
Wednesday, October 2
  • 11AM Quilting Bee: All Are Welcome

Thursday, October 3
  • 6-9 Primitive Rug Hooking 
Tuesday, October 8
  • 6-9 Soap Making
Thursday, October 10
  • 6-9 Primitive Rug Hooking 
Tuesday, October 15
  • 6-9 No CLASS CURRENTLY SCHEDULED 
Thursday, October 17
  • 6-9 Primitive Rug Hooking 
Tuesday, October 22
  • 6-9 Stamping - Hand Made Gift Tags
Thursday, October 24
  • 6-9 Stamping – Hand Made Christmas Cards
Tuesday, October 29
  • 6-9 Stamping – Hand Made Christmas Cards
Thursday, October 31
  • 6-9 OPEN STUDIO

November
Tuesday, November 5
  • 6-9 Jewelry Christmas Tree
Wednesday, November 6
  • 11AM Quilting Bee:  All Are Welcome

Thursday, November 7
  • 6-9 Jewelry Making
Tuesday, November 12
  • 6-9 Making DIY Lip Balm and Deodorant
Thursday, November 14
  • 6-9 Bow Making
Tuesday, November 19
  • 6-9 Evergreen Wreath Making
Thursday, November 21
  • 6-9 OPEN STUDIO
Tuesday, November 26
  • 6-9 Making Evergreen Boughs / Centerpiece
Thursday, November 28
  • THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY


December
Tuesday, December 3
  • Ornament Making
Wednesday, December 2
  • 11AM Quilting Bee: All Are Welcome

Thursday, December 5 
  • No CLASS CURRENTLY SCHEDULED 
Tuesday, December 10
  • Potluck and Cookie Exchange
Thursday, December 12
  • OPEN STUDIO
Tuesday, December 17
  • OPEN STUDIO
Thursday, December 19
  • OPEN STUDIO









































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