Mosaic Icon: Moses on Sinai

Here is the first of a series of small mosaic icons I am making on thin concrete outdoor mosaic backers that resemble rough-edged flagstones but are significantly more crack-resistant.

I am not sure if this will be the only Biblical subject in the series.

The mosaic is ungrouted at this point, but I plan to use black grout.

This mosaic was a first attempt at making use of the swirled crazing of stained glass, but the effort was half-hearted, and only the flames were done this way.


In retrospect, I think I could have done a better job rendering the flames using small pieces of yellow, red, and orange instead of trying to harness color patterns in the uncut glass.






3 responses to “Mosaic Icon: Moses on Sinai”

  1. Christine Jeffson Avatar
    Christine Jeffson

    I love it. I actually like the way you created the impression of fire simply with the single stained glass tile and the visual movement of the tree from left to right. Your title says it’s a “primitive mosaic,” and in my opinion, if you put a lot of small detail in the fire it wouldn’t seem “primitive” (nor would it be in keeping with the simplicity of Moses himself).

  2. Mary Janik Avatar
    Mary Janik

    This is the fourth time I’ve come back to look at this since you posted it, Joe. I like it more each time I look at it, and now I’m convinced this is an impressive thing you’ve done. There’s a lot to be said for sticking to traditional methods, with which you would have no doubt successfully completed this mosaic, but this boogey off the dance floor grabbed my attention in a way the traditional rendering of the flames never would have!
    Stellar idea!

  3. Shelly Avatar

    I really like the flame effect. It moves. It captures the eye. The whole project is great.

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