When people ask me what I am working on at the moment I usually have to say “actually, I am working on three pieces” as it is very rare for me to only have one ‘work in progress’ on my studio bench.
I am not sure why this is, I think it has something to do with liking the variety and diversity the different pieces offer me. I am usually working on one main, complex piece which will be challenging for me. It could be a complicated picture that requires a lot of intricate cutting and shaping, or it may be a new technique I am trying to master. I then have a ‘fun’ piece that I switch to when I want a bit of a rest and to ‘play’. Finally I will have something using a totally different technique e,g, glass-on-glass which means I am using a totally different medium. I could be working on all the pieces in a single session or I may just pop into the studio for 10 minutes while waiting for supper to cook.
This ‘scatter-gun’ approach works very well for me. Its not that I am procrastinating as friends will vouch, I am a very focused person and you usually have to drag me away from my mosaics. I think it is rather more the case that I love doing mosaics so much that even when I have spent a long time on a complicated piece, I still want to mosaic but just have a change of scene.
If I am working on a very large commission or I am up against a tight deadline, then I would probably work on that mosaic on a seperate work area, spending a dedicated amount of time each day on the piece. However, I would still sneakily turn my chair round to my main work bench in the evening for a little play about!
These pieces have all been on the go recently and most are now ready to go.
- Auntie Irene’s Butterfly which is to go outside and catch the light, so lots of sparkle and bling
- a peacock on a re-cycled kitchen cupboard shelf without a background – so a different style of mosaic.
- my second beach picture – I don’t often do ‘scenes’ but this gives me a change to practice my drawing
- a few glass-on-glass pieces because once you pour out the special (expensive) glass glue, you want to make sure you use up every last drop!