Normally, my style is about 180* from traditional.
Alas, this was to reside at the center intersection of one of the most charming old southern towns that I know...so, I tried to tone down my funky as much as possible. The requirements for the project were (1)the size, and that (2) it should be a mosaic (3) depicting some of Tuscumbia's historical landmarks- preferably a train.
Now that I have finally gotten my feet wet, I can't wait to experiment with mixed-media and abstract styles. I have a huge board out on the porch, just waiting for me to decide between mid-century abstract or a bob marley lyric...
*Special thanks to Leslie Keyes, of Audie Mescal, for helping me attach it to the bench amidst a blitzkrieg of mosquitoes ;)
**and a shout out to Master of Masonry: Arkie Smith, who designed and built the bench!
Here's what I learned not to do:
1. Don't wear shorts while working with shards of cut glass, or if you do- be sure to brush the seat off each time you sit down.
2. Don't start a mosaic without a sketch or a plan...or a color theme...It's not like painting
3. Don't work in a style that's foreign to you...it will take a billion+ hours, and still never look quite right
4. Vacuum three times a day. Or more.
5. Stay away from Poison Ivy.