Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Reflections

Before Oils became my favored medium, I had a fling with mosaic. The great variety of glass selections and surface qualities are astounding... iridescent, transparent, opaque. It's an enjoyably tactile art-form, the handling, shaping and arranging pieces of pure color.
The Water Lily design is on a plate.
Home again after the holidays... settling back into the nest... and reflecting... I spotted this bright light over my tree... a spontaneous and momentary halo, compliments of the beveled glass door.
The painting over the mantle is after (Shore Line in Summer, by John F. Kensett 1816-1872).
I was using acrylics, just prior to my plein-air days.
It's unusually cold here in Florida, so it's warm up by the fire time... enjoying the reflections.

16 comments:

Janelle Goodwin said...

What a beautiful post, Jill. I love your mosaic waterlilies, your turquoise and blue tree and haloed angel. Thanks for the visit into your charming home!

Gwen Bell said...

You are talented in any medium! This is beautiful!

rahina q.h. said...

these waterlilies are wonderful! wishing you all the best in 2010:)

susan hong-sammons said...

Happy New Year Jill, nice read and reminder to stop, breath, and relax.

James Parker said...

Beautiful home, Jill...and your home decorating skills are superb. And...the mosaic water lilies are outatanding.

Dana Cooper Fine Art said...

Great mosaic piece Jill...stay warm!

Karen said...

When I saw this I went What is she up to!?! I love the mosaic, glass piece...I've never tried it, but it has such a beautiful shimmering quality to it.


p.s. I will not comment on your fireplace going in the 'cold' in FL. !!! :)

Jill Berry said...

Thanks guys~
it is good to be back in touch with you all.

On the home decor~
Thanks Janelle & James...
You know how it is when you return home... you notice your own personal effects... I thought about how much our tastes are evident in decorating. Every surface & fixture in this house, had to be redone after Hurricane Ivan. So, not only did I enjoy picking out the marble mosaic for the fireplace, I formed the arch for the stucco, selected the wood, & stained the mantle, and the Venetian Plaster wall finish- requires lots putty knife action, then s-a-n-d-i-n-g till I thought my little arm was gonna fall off. But it gives the room a warm goldish Old World texture.

Karen-
I have been painting, but it's just Too Cold to take it outside to photograph it!! A southern girl's heart could freeze out there! Glad you got to soak up some ~rays~. You deserve it! (I'm taking Dana's advice!)

Chuck Dilmore said...

beautiful work, Jill
in all its forms!

i've been in FL for the week...
who pulled the plug
on the sun!

still... lovely, here.
paradise at any temp.

peace.love.chuck

Luzia said...

You are really talented with mosaic work! I hope you have had an nice chrismas time?! Best wishes for the new year from Luzia (from cold and snowy Germany).

Mary Sheehan Winn said...

Wow. Beautiful work here.
Makes me wanna have a fling with mosaics, too. I do find different mediums calling me sometimes.

Love the harmonious blues in the tree and the fireplace.

Gary Keimig said...

Very nice post. Certainly shows off the Christmas spirit.
HAPPY NEW YEAR. Here is to great things for 2010

susan hong-sammons said...

Hello Jill, me again. Came by to see if you posted anything new but I guess the cold weather is keeping you in. Hope it warms up soon for you all.

Jill Berry said...

Thanks for stopping by...
and for your comments.

Susan-
I am working on an adventure...
(as we speak)
stay tuned...

Looks like I been relaxing too much, huh?
(but...what about Karen over there rolling around at the ~beach~ !!!)

L.Holm said...

Yes, I see it now, Jill! my apologies--I'm missing lots of posts these days. This is beautiful!

☼ FRANCE ☼ said...

Je suis de retour c'est superbe je n'en ai jamais fait mais je vais y penser je suis plutôt pierres de garrigue. Bonne soirée et je suis ravie de connaitre vos blog
BONNE soirée