Archive for the ‘Art – Mosaic’ Category

Tree of Life: A Mosaic Bead Painting

June 27, 2019

 

“Tree of Life” is a photograph of a mosaic bead painting. It uses mixed media with gold coral, glass beads, and the mineral unakite on white cotton fabric. The elevation of these materials above the background produces a relief mosaic. The composition here is like that used in botanical illustration with the tree suspended in the center against a textured white background. The painting itself is temporary art, with the elements laid in flat or bunched, and unsecured, on the cotton fabric.

The wood of the tree is made of gold coral. The larger glass beads are jewel tone. The ground is made of undrilled natural chips of the unakite. The leaves are green seed beads. The white fabric is a towel.

 

Tree of Life. Bead painting by Mike Smetzer.

Tree of Life

Photos & Photo Poems Now Available on Fine Art America

June 24, 2019

 

I have been focusing recently on making my artwork and poem art available on Fine Art America. These are my first four images.

 

Still Life Of A Necklace Made From Wood Squares, Glass Pearls And A Shell Feather. Necklace and photo by Mike Smetzer.

Still Life Of A Necklace Made From Wood Squares, Glass Pearls And A Shell Feather.

 

Still Life of a Necklace” is a photograph of a necklace I made for Vera several years ago. It is presented here as a still life. The central feature is a white feather made of shell. The secondary features are the square wooden beads, which are spaced with pink and burgundy glass pearls. The background is black pastel paper.

 

Poem Spirit Door Over Lapis Spiral In Bed Of Tourmaline. Poetry, Photo and Mosaic by Mike Smetzer.

Poem “Spirit Door” Over Lapis Spiral In Bed Of Tourmaline.

 

“Spirit Door” explores the feelings I had about the back door of our cottage in Missouri. The poem was first published on this blog.

“Lapis Spiral in Bed of Tourmaline” is a still-life photograph of a bead mosaic. It was created as a strung spiral of lapis lazuli beads. Around the lapis are tourmaline pebbles bunched loosely against the spiral. All the stones are natural. The lapis beads have been organized with the highest lapis content toward the center. The outer beads have other minerals such as quartz and iron pyrite and are intended as a transition to the mixed colors of the tourmaline pebbles.

 

Lapis Spiral in a Bed of Tourmaline Pebbles. Photo and mosaic by Mike Smetzer.

Lapis Spiral in a Bed of Tourmaline Pebbles.

 

 

Poem Sunday Morning, January 1, Over Marble And Serpentine Mosaic Of Cross. Poetry, photo, and mosaic by Mike Smetzer.

Poem Sunday Morning, January 1, Over Marble And Serpentine Mosaic Of Cross

 

“Sunday Morning, January 1” is a simple poem set in a kitchen where the speaker is looking out the window while having breakfast and listening to hymns on the radio. It was first published in Mostly Maine.

The visual background is a wall-like mosaic of green/black serpentine rectangles surrounding a cross of brown marble rectangles that have lines like wood. All stones are natural.

Lapis Spiral in a Bed of Tourmaline Pebbles

June 3, 2019

 

Lapis Spiral in a Bed of Tourmaline Pebbles. Photo by Mike Smetzer.

Lapis Spiral in a Bed of Tourmaline Pebbles.

 

Stringing and mosaic. All the beads are natural rather than dyed.

The lapis lazuli beads spiral out from pure lapis near the center to lapis with obvious inclusions in the middle to beads that are mostly inclusions with a little bit of lapis mixed in. The outer beads have a corduroy blue color rather than a rich lapis blue, but they also have some pleasant iron pyrite sparkle. Despite their limitations as gemstones,  the outer beads are visually interesting, especially as a transition to the tourmaline pebbles.

The tourmaline pebbles are small-to-large in size. Although drilled for stringing, they are bunched loosely here.

Asymmetric Eternal Knot with Pearls & Citrines

May 27, 2019

 

Like my last piece, this is combination of stringing and mosaic. The strung beads are peach-colored freshwater pearls. The tumbled nuggets are heated citrines. The arrangement is an asymmetric version of the eternal or endless knot.

 

Asymmetric eternal knot with pearls and citrines. Beadwork by Mike Smetzer.

Asymmetric eternal knot with pearls and citrines.

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Eternal or Endless Knot Mosaic with Labradorite

May 24, 2019

 

This is my version of the eternal or endless knot. It is a combination of stringing and mosaic. The strung beads showing schiller are labradorite rondelles. The flat squares are white calcite (N), and the flat circles and ovals are shell.

 

Eternal Knot with Labradorite, calcite & shell. Bead mosaic by Mike Smetzer.

Eternal knot with labradorite, calcite & shell.

 

Walking Among the Waves: A New Free Kindle Book

January 13, 2019

Walking Among the Waves: Three Short Stories from Everyday Life is now available on Kindle. This new book features three short stories set in South Portland, Maine. The foreword is an essay on signs. The text is supported by bead mosaics from eight bracelets and a loom-framed wall hanging. Like the other books I have published on Kindle, this new book is listed at the minimum price of 99¢. 

If anyone is interested, Walking Among the Waves is available free, Sunday & Monday, January 13 & 14.

You do not need a Kindle device. The book can be read on a PC, Mac or phone. This book can be reached by clicking on the image below or with my earlier books on

my Author Page: http://amazon.com/author/mikesmetzer

 

front cover - Walking Among the Waves by Mike Smetzer

Gray Fox Inside a Spruce Tree

December 27, 2017

I have been thinking about doing chip mosaics for years. Finally tried my hand at it. It is tedious but enjoyable. Kind of like doing a jigsaw puzzle without having any pieces cut to fit. It suits me since I like creating by accretion.

To begin with the plan was for a much bigger spruce tree, as gray fox are climbers. Alas, I ran short of aventurine in my chosen shade of green. I also know I could do better with the spruce tree if I lined up the chips to follow the flow of the branches. And if I were concerned about filling in the gaps, more tiny pieces would definitely help.

I am not looking for a polished image here. More like the chance images people see in nature, in clouds or the grain of wood. Suggestive rather than technically correct or realistic images. Gems in the rough.

The stone chips are green aventurine, labradorite, and garnet. Labradorite is an iridescent mineral, and you can see its play of color in the fox’s right ear. These chips are attached with varnish to the back of a postcard intended for watercolor.

 

Gray Fox Inside a Spruce Tree - chip mosaic by Mike Smetzer

Gray Fox Inside a Spruce Tree