Thursday, December 3, 2015

2016 Color of the Year

Pantone has departed from tradition to predict that the blending of two colors – the delicate pink rose quartz and the soft blue of serenity -- will dominate 2016.  Marsala, an earthy wine red, was the color for 2015.

Monday, November 30, 2015

Sale December 5, 2015

At Annii's house, 8512 Silver Ridge Drive, Austin, Texas, near the intersection of Mesa and Steck.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015


6.5" x 6.5" on a thin piece of wood. This was an experiment with layering; first I covered the entire piece with art glass. Then I added layers of glass, broken plate tiles, vintage jewelry, and beads. 

Monday, September 7, 2015

Broadway's Blooming

(I have one tiny flower in this. It's in Los Angeles. Imagine it when the flower beds in front are planted and in bloom.)

Saturday, September 5, 2015


Click on the word "Marooned" below to enjoy Pink Floyd and some stunning photos of outer space.


Friday, August 14, 2015

More Fish

Yvonne Yaar-Sharkey has extended the deadline of the Toms River fish mural to August 30 so I made three little 2-inch fish on mesh and will mail them Monday.

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Signs Project - Ravenna, Italy

This is the Location, which we have reserved for the Signs Project in Ravenna, Italy: Palazzo Rasponi delle Teste at the International Contemporary Mosaic Festival 10 October - 8 November 2015 - on the 1st floor our very own room. Caroline Jung, will put the installation on the floor and the people can walk around. 

Friday, July 31, 2015


Here's a little fish on mesh, on its way to Toms River, NJ today. He will become part of a larger mosaic. I'm attached to this little fish and sorry to see him go ... All stained glass except the eye, which was the center of a porcelain saucer, quite thin, so I cut two circles and glued them together with MAC glue, after first scruffing up the finish on the bottom one so they would adhere better. Now the eye is the same height as the stained glass.  The fins are gorgeous iridescent but the picture didn't capture it. I love this little fishy; I call him "Golden Eye."

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Fourth of July Owl

I just completed this example of the use of recycled materials in mosaics. The substrate is a ceramic owl figurine I bought at a thrift shop that had the tips of its tufts chipped. During the terrific hail storm we had back in April, one of my daughter's beautiful ceramic mushrooms was broken and I saved the pieces. Those are the brown and dark red. A ceramic soap dispenser of hers was leaking and that's the white around the eyes. Today, July 4, is her birthday, so this is one of her presents!  
6.5" tall and 5" wide. 

Friday, June 26, 2015

"May the bridges I've burned light the way of my journey." Dylan McKay

Sunday, June 14, 2015

I am working on a large round wall hanging based on the "Wonderful World" series that is my most favorite thing to do (besides "Outer Space"). The frame pictured below is an example of "Wonderful World." On my new project, I started in the center with white and pale blue, and the rim, which is all thick, dark, specialty drapery glass. In between the light "sky" center and the dark "earth" outer rim will be a beautiful mix of pinks, oranges, greens, browns and purples with a touch here of mirror.  Excited! 

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

My favorite piece of painted furniture

I am busy working on mosaic and decoupage pieces and will post pictures soon --
this is one of my favorites from the past - a piece of painted furniture.

(the drawer)

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Signs, a Collaborative Artwork

Caroline Jung, mosaic artist from Germany, speaks:  Click here:  Signs

Here is the rollup:

The "Signs" international mosaic mural is a collaborative effort from 160 artists from 33 nations, and conveys varied messages of peace, love, hope, and spiritual awareness; suitable for installation anywhere in the world, in public buildings, museums, hospitals, airports, or schools. The configuration of the installation is flexible -- one long single line all the way around a huge space, or a rectangle or a square on one large wall, for example. 

Caroline Jung is currently actively speaking to organizations, spreading the word that this major art piece is available and that proceeds from this installation will be donated to charity. 

Preview of some of the individual signs, grouped together in a temporary rectangular formation:

Here is the last sign to arrive in Germany:

Here is my contribution:

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Happy Valentine's Day 2015

I cut this out of that crispy white styrofoam that was used for packing material.  It's 10.5" x 5.5" and covered with art glass, broken china and beads, with iridescent pastel glass tiles around the edge. 

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Suzan Germond art piece

Being auctioned today at Goodwill on 620 in Lakeway.  I recognized her style instantly.  Wish I had the money to buy it!

Monday, December 15, 2014


Merry Christmas!  

I'm working on a major deadline -- a wonderful Christmas present -- will post pictures soon.  Funny story; this picture of Daisy was captured by a motion camera that was sitting on the kitchen counter and accidentally left on.  We weren't home when the picture was taken.  The camera must have clicked and just as she alerted, it flashed. 

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Back from the Art Show

Wow!  What a fantastic turnout.  We were swamped.  It was great.  Thanks to all who came and supported us. 

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Marsala -- Color of the Year 2015

Pantone - Color of the Year

I LOVE this color. Marsala, a rich red-brown. 

Marsala, Olive Green, Dull Gold, and Black:  Heavenly combination of colors.  

Friday, November 28, 2014

Black Friday 2014

Today over 6,000 artists dropped at least one piece of their art in a public place, marked "Free Art!"  Part of the FLOOD the streets with ART movement on Facebook.  I left this propped up on the sidewalk in the Hill Country Galleria.

11x14 giclee print on gallery-wrapped canvas, "Sunpower."

Monday, November 17, 2014

Mosaic Mirror

A commission for a friend.  The mirror was already installed in an ornate wooden frame when I purchased it.  I took it apart, cleaned it, and reinstalled using GE Silicone II clear, then cut a larger piece of wood following the same shape.  The wood is that extremely thin plywood from Lowes.  I installed D-rings in the back for hanging, while at the same time, the same screws hold the two pieces together, and additionally I glued the two pieces together.  

I left the most ornate portion of the original frame showing and painted it.  The white outer tesserae is from an antique English platter which was almost identical in size and shape.  All the other tess is pottery and glass from the buyer's family collection.  

Monday, October 6, 2014

Wonderful World (Discovery) and Earth Our Mother


Just grouted this.  I'm not sure what the title will be ... "Wonderful World," or "Discovery."  A couple stares in awe at the wonderful world that surrounds them.  The centerpiece is a square of mottled glass that has the grass and the sky captured in its pattern.  The couple are metal; they and the sun were earrings; I found them at a thrift shop; I love them.  The frame is done in vitreous glass tile.  The grout is "Green Tea" given to me by Annii. Today was a grouting marathon.  Perfect weather for grouting outside on the back porch.  

This is specialty art glass from Vancouver, WA, one-of-a-kind, hand-poured, no longer made.  I love this glass; it is spectacular  for a glass-on-glass piece.  Each and every piece of this glass has fire inside, and most of it is drapery glass, randomly folded upon itself and heavily textured.  All is from my last order that I received a couple of weeks ago.  This particular piece is called "Earth Our Mother" and is glass-on-mirror.  

Here are some images from the art show at Annii's house on Saturday:

"Out of This World"