Tuesday, March 31, 2009

SAMA 2009 Conference

I've just returned home from the 2009 Society of American Mosaic Artists (SAMA) conference. It was my third conference and was so much fun! I met lots of my online friends in person, I stayed up waaaaaayyy too late every single night talking with my roommates, and my brain is buzzing with all the new ideas that keep crowding in. That is why I go to the conference. It's always a great inspiration to me. I was also a vendor this year (picture above is Crystal Thomas's that I stole from her flickr site - full of great images from the conference!) selling my books and notecards and postcards. Great way to meet people!

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Keeping Busy

In the last week or two, I've been working on small pieces for future shows and to place in galleries. This one is "Winter Wonderland", and I've also done an autumn and summer, as well as some birch trees. Today I'll be grouting four pieces that are ready to go. I've also been applying to a few public art projects. It takes a few hours to apply to each one, but it is so satisfying to send out that big packet in the mail!

For the bandshell project, I am making the design and a cement company is going to fabricate it in the new bandshell floor. It will be pigmented concrete with silver dividers. There will be recycled colored and mirrored glass in the concrete. It should look amazing! We are nearing the end of the design phase. As soon as spring arrives, it will go in. I'll post photos at that time.