I asked my client what she had in mind for the mosaic. She said that since the dining room is an eating place, she wants to have something with fruit and wine. To prepare for our first meeting, I printed out some reference drawings off of the internet of fruit and wine. I then visited her home to get a feel for the space and to take some measurements. With the permission of my client, I used some painters tape to outline my work area. It is a pretty big area. The mosaic will be 65 inches by 36 inches. That is 2340 square inches for anyone trying to do the math.
Next I showed the client the reference drawings, just to get any idea of what she liked. Out of the 20 paintings, she pointed at one called The Wine Cellar by Janet Kruskamp and said, "That is the one." I was ready to start sketching ideas and asked what elements she liked in the painting. She said, "the whole thing." Now I was perplexed. I've never just mosaic'd someone else's art before. But the customer is always right as they say.
After cutting the lumber, I then copied the drawing onto the frame.
And then I painted the frame to match the trim color that my client is using in her dining room.
Next I started selecting the tile colors to use.
And then I started cutting and gluing. This is going to take a while, but they say that the longest journey begins with a single step.
Lot's of tile ready to be cut and glued.
Update March 24, 2015 - I just returned from a trip to Disney World with the family. While there I was inspired by the many cool mosaics that I saw. Now it is time to get back to my mosaic art.
|The Artist Cutting and Gluing|
|Half Way Done|
|More Progress (10 Apr 2015)|
|Final installation with Artist|
|Wine Cellar Final|