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Paleontology

So, I’m working on a new mosaic plate using the theme of ‘paleontology‘. Don’t know that this term is used much anymore- it’s so 19th Century. I love the word. It reminds me of hours in the public library, selecting my next dinosaur, fossil, or

Art as Integration of Body, Mind, and Soul

I love listening to NPR on my car radio when I’m out and about. This is how I learn stuff and how I find out about stuff to research further. I was listening to The Takeaway and heard an interview with Seymour Bernstein as pianist and music teacher and Nathan Hawke as actor

Tadpole with Tail

Ah, the tadpole is swimming a bit! With all the gridlock in the future studio, it seemed as if all the chocolate in HEB wouldn’t be enough to fuel my organizational challenges. But, guess what? Getting one very willing husband in there with some muscle meant that together,

Living the Tadpole Stage

As some of you know, Glencliff Studio has moved down the road 18 miles to Dripping Springs, Texas. The home and studio are on several acres of lovely Texas Hill Country.  But, this move is taking a l-o-n-g time! Moving day was a month ago and we are still winnowing two
part of an ammonite fossil wall mosaic

Rhythm ‘n’ Tesserae

So, the last two weeks, I have had a skilled mosaic artist helping me complete my large Ammonite fossil wall mosaic.  We are not finished yet, but we’re almost there. Those of you who have not made mosaics before might be surprised to know that copying another

Hand-made Gifts

In my post, Environment vs. The Environment, ‘hand-made gifts’ is #3 on my short list of things that feed our inner beings.  I am going to give you a personal example of a hand-made gift that is priceless to me. The Owl’s Beauty Secret (two sides) by Christine

Seeing a City

I had an interested and interesting response on my post, Environment vs. The Environment, from my daughter’s friend who is a highly-trained professional violinist and violist.  She saw my post through a link on Facebook and wrote her comment there. (I get the majority of
mosaic portrait of a woman by Lynn Bridge

A Little Far Afield, Don’t You Think?

After hitting the ‘publish’ button on yesterday’s post, I had second thoughts, FEARS, really, that I would offend my Houston friends and relatives, not to mention art collectors in the area. Maybe some of you love Houston enough to love its freeway, tollway, and

Environment vs. The Environment

We drove through Houston yesterday, and drove and drove and drove.  I had plenty of time to consider my surroundings. Houston is on a coastal plain.  Flat, with lazy bayous meandering gulfward, by horseback or by foot the landscape might have been striking for its big sky before

What Do You See When You Look at a Wall?

A wall.  A looooong, blank, cement wall. My current art commission clients looked at the plans for their new retaining wall and they saw it covered in mosaic.  LUCKY ME!  They bestowed the design-and-creation job on me. When they saw their wall in their minds’-eyes, they