Monday, October 3, 2016

Frye Island, Maine

I was so happy to return to Frye Island again this summer- it's in the middle of Sebago Lake, Maine. My friend Nancy lives there The beaches are so beautiful- the water is crystal clear.

Nancy and Linda kitchen goddesses!

Carol J hanging on for dear life in the golf cart!

My painting of the screen porch...

and of the rocks. I felt a really strong presence of my Dad in this place for some reason. Something about the way the rocks and sand were- not Hawaii- but I felt something similar. 

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Mosaic Unveiled!

Done and dusted- feels great to have completed this collaborative project- two years in the making from conception to completion!  In the two years span we-
- brainstormed the theme with the kids-
- researched different materials and structures
- came up with free standing undulating wall design with the help of Party By Design
- had the students submit drawings that we compiled onto the full scale "cartoon"
- cut up a ton of stained glass
- had a "mosaic palooza" during a blizzard ( 2015) and it didn't stop snowing!
- consulted with Mosaic artist Josh Weiner who gave us a  thinset lessons and switched our method to the tape technique eliminating any kind of glue and wood in the fabrication.
- Many meetings in Avon with the fabricator Marcus
- The students and tart teacher Mary Ellen Olson worked over the two academic years assembling the panels
- we switched from a free standing wall to a flat panel hanging on the building with a french cleat system
- I cut up the taped mosaics, adhered and grouted the 6 panels in my studio 
- the mosaics were sealed
- installed on wall and unveiled yesterday!
the cleats ready for the mosaics

( this is a panoramic shot I tried to unwarp on photoshop)

I know that kids liked it!
If you are local and want to see it- you can drive up to the building- it's the first entrance to the school on the right on Burditt Ave off rt 3A . You can also park in the main lot and walk across campus- its on the new "Innovation center" building.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Finished Mosaic install for Derby Academy

I finished setting the glass in mortar and grouted it- it really looks amazing. It is to be installed on the building soon and there will be an unveiling - the middle school age students worked with their art teacher for two years so its been a long time coming!
Here is me lifting up a chunk of the taped glass. It had to be taken apart and reassembled on the panels. It came together seamlessly with very few pieces needing to be reglued.! (whew!)
The entire mural when installed is about 3 1/2' high by 26' long.

Friday, August 26, 2016

Halfway done with mosaic installation!

I grouted the third panel today- three more to go. Here is a little piece to ponder....

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Mosaic installation continued

I have grouted one panel of this 26 foot mosaic ( 6 panels total) and two are set in the thinset- grouting those tonight. It's a marathon session but I am motivated to get it done!

I am testing the grout here- on a piece I had in the studio.

Here is the grouted piece. Hard to get a good photo but it looks amazing!

Here is a section of  the next panel-

I continue on- almost halfway through! 

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Mosaic Installation

I've been the consultant on a 26' mosaic mural that has been pieced together over the past two academic years at Derby Academy in Hingham,Massachusetts.  Together with Mary Ellen Olson, art teacher for the middle school, Alice McWilliams, art director of the school, and Marcus Jereb from Party by Design- the fabricator of the substrate wall,we have worked on bringing this idea to fruition. The kids worked on it during classtime ,  it took a lot longer than we expected.
Here is the beginning design.
Initially we wanted it to be free standing- but with the weather we get in winter we opted to have it installed on the wall instead.
I am doing the install in my studio. It requires cutting up the taped pieces into jigsaw like pieces-and troweling thinset (Laticrete 254) onto the substrate in those sections (WEDI board- its like a cement foam core)
The taped sections get lifted and placed exactly in position, one after the other, until they are all attached. The thinset cures overnight, then the tape is lifted. Fingers triple crossed that the pieces are securely attached- but there's inevitable touch up and fill- ins. Grouting happens at the end, and the panel gets hung. I am starting on the far right panel. Here's what it looks like in progress.
these are pattern pieces to help me know where the thinset needs to go- I can't do the whole panel at once as the mortar sets up quickly...

I used a sharpie to draw where I was going to cut.

cut pieces

stay tuned for more!

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Surprise in the mail!

I have followed Diane Hoeptner's blog ever since I started my own years ago - I adore her work! Her cats are amazing!
She emailed me earlier this week and told me she was shipping a painting to me- just because! I was so thrilled and it arrived this morning and it is so beautiful- I love it!
Thank you Diane!

Maybe it's instant Karma- because on the same day I gave a painting away to my next door neighbor - she was so happy- she hung it in her day care playroom.