Category: Art Review

  • Artistic Style in Mosaic

    Mosaic Art Series by Ivana Sorrells

    Artist Ivana Sorrells works at Mosaic Art Supply, and she made a couple of small mosaic plaques using our vitreous glass tile, stained glass, and 8-inch plywood mosaic backer boards, plus a few odd findings from a few other types of mosaic glass. Ivana hadn’t worked in mosaic before these pieces, but she gave it […]

  • Mosaic Peacock: A Cautionary Tale

    Mosaic Peacock by artist Lonnie Parsons

    My recent blog article about small mosaics has a section at the end that explains how to take catalog-ready photos of mosaic art. My article about mosaic frames includes some discussion about the best light for photographing artwork and the need to avoid foreshortening. I know why the issue is coming up more and more […]

  • Sports Logo Mosaic

    Mosaic Minnesota Vikings Logo by artist Curt Gassmann

    A stylized logo or pattern is different from a picture of an object. In a picture, the goal is to create a sense of verisimilitude (likeness) by including small details and visual complexity. In a logo, there is an opposite emphasis. To create a logo, images are “posterized” and every element is reduced to monochromatic […]

  • Mosaics in a Painterly Style

    Fishing Hat mosaic by Yolanda Bergman

    Paints can be blended to any shade or hue, but the mosaic medium requires that an artist render an image in a limited set of fixed colors. The color palettes of molded glass tile product lines are limited to 40 to 60-ish colors, and this limitation seems to encourage novice artists to work in a […]

  • Large Mixed-Media Mosaic Mural

    Tuolumne County School Mosaic Mural collage with detail and artist Dianne Stearns

    Artist Dianne Stearns and her students have created an impressive mixed-media mosaic mural on the exterior of their school in Tuolumne County, California. Too Much Inspiration The mural is a “regional icons landscape collage,” and so naturally it shows local landmarks and regional archetypes, but when you have El Capitan in Yosemite National Park and […]

  • Wood Frames For Mosaics

    Composite of mosaics in frames by Tanya Boyd

    Artist Tanya Boyd emailed me some photos of her mosaics, and all of them were in wooden frames of different types. It reminded me that I am overdue to write up the ways of sourcing wooden frames for mosaics: used frames from paintings or mirrors frames made using molding and a miter saw frames made […]

  • Mosaic Flower Pot Planters

    Mosaic Flower Pot in California courtyard.

    Artist Morgan Halford‘s mosaic flower pot planters are colorful geometric abstracts executed with a spooky level of precision. I like that they are exceptions to my general recommendation to work in a looser fashion in the uniformity of the sizing, shaping, and orienting of tiles. TIP: Most people find that they can render images more […]

  • Inspiration Versus Reproduction

    Mosaic Subway Sign Brad Srebnik with original NYC inspiration

    I once had an employee-artist who became angry with me for encouraging people who didn’t think they could draw to trace artwork or photos to make patterns. I explained that we wanted to reach all skill levels and that included some people who would be attempting mosaic or even art for the first time. I […]

  • Natalija the Mosaic Russian Doll

    face detail, Rebirth matryoshka mosaic sculpture by artist Peter Vogelaar

    Most artists are aware of how much personality a work of art can assume during the process of creation, especially when the piece of art requires a long period to complete. Artist Peter Vogelaar says he often spoke to his “Rebirth” mosaic matryoshka sculpture while working on her and referred to her as Natalija. A […]

  • Texture and a Sense of Space: the Mosaics of Terry Nicholls

    Low Tide Harbour Mille mosaic by Canadian artist Terry Nicholls

    For those of readers who were asking for inspiring examples of no-grout mosaics, I give you the mosaics of Canadian artist Terry Nicholls. I am amazed by Terry’s work and its continuity. It is a very focused exploration of the mosaic medium as a fine art. There is a sense of space that Terry creates […]

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