Friday, May 29, 2009

Roseville Bandshell Medallion

The medallion has been installed! I did the design and Concrete Arts did the fabrication. It was originally going to be a mosaic, but after speaking to several experts, we decided to go with a pigmented concrete piece that has bits of recycled glass in it. It looks really nice, especially the image where the colored areas are separated by silver metal strips. The letters look a little rougher without the metal borders. The medallion is all dusty in the photo, and there were even tire tracks on it. I am so happy that this will be long lasting and durable and stand up to cold winters and tire tracks (unlike a mosaic)!

Unfortunately, the word Amphitheatre was spelled with an -er instead of an -re like the city wanted, so Concrete Arts is going to have to redo those two letters. My design was correct, however (whew!). There will be a dedication at 5:00 on Sunday, June 7. I'll be there enjoying the concert and if you live in the area, I'd love to see you!

Friday, May 22, 2009


I changed the title to Aurora. It sounded a little more magical than Northern Lights and I thought it fit the piece better. It was really fun making this one. As I mentioned before, this is new for me because I usually create representational art. It was liberating to have the freedom to do what I wanted and not worry if something looked real or not, although I had to fight that feeling back a few times!

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Trying Something New

Here's the piece I'm working on right now. It's a little different for me in that it is not representational. I was inspired by the northern lights and I may call it that. Looking at the photo above, you will see some pencil lines, but you can ignore them. I had another drawing on here that I didn't really feel excited about so I did this design right over the top. I'm having fun blending the colors here.

PS When I took this photo, I didn't realize that there was a wadded up Kleenex there. People are always asking me if I cut myself often. Not usually, but I had a real gusher this time when I was trying to grab something that was setting on a sharp glass point!