Thursday, November 16, 2017

Morning Mosaics

My current morning art project is all about mosaics, watercolour mosaics that is. I use a Seawhite of Brighton A4 sized watercolour book. I have used their sketchbooks for years, but this is my first watercolour book of theirs and, as I might have expected, it is excellent!

Doing the mosaics is pretty excellent too, but as I have said before it is very slow going. I often say that a lot of the patterns and art I do is a bit like meditation, but with these that is even more true than usual. Just the act of slowly filling in these little shapes with paint is a perfect way to start a day, especially if that day will consist of lots of other non artsy things. I think this is the biggest reason I am able to keep up with my morning art (I've been doing it for almost 800 days now): it makes me start my day with that which is most important to me. It's like saying to the universe that I put my art first. It's funny how my brain doesn't really function all that great that early in the morning but I somehow still manage to create.

Anyway here are the first five mosaics I did in my current project:

Most of these, well probably all of these, are experiments. What if? And they don't always turn out the way I imagined. I really don't like the first one for example. The third and the fifth are my favorites so far.

But whether I like the end result or not does not really seem to affect how much I enjoy working on them. It almost seems beside the point. It's the art of the process that really comes forward in these paintings and I am very curious where they will take me in the future.

I hope you are doing something fascinating in your neck of the woods and I wish you all a wonderful and artsy day!


  1. Vooral de laatste drie spreken me erg aan... waarbij ik de laatste misschien wel de mooiste vind vanwege de 'herfstige bruinen' naar de randen toe. Wat een geweldige manier om je dag te starten en wat hou je het al lang vol... heerlijk, zo'n "art-ritual", ik heb verschillende, maar dan weer anders natuurlijk ;) Geniet van je weekend op het eiland meis!

    1. Dank je wel. Ik ben helemaal 'into' herfsttinten op het moment. Jij ook een fijn weekend in het verre Zeeuwse land. ;-)

    2. Beautifully done, Carin! I like them all but REALLY like the 3rd one down - so pretty!


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