Trees do not work that way, they are leafy and organic and a huge challenge. This is my second glass tile tree mosaic.
|Finished Italian smalti mosaic of a tree|
Here's a close-up of the mosaic so you can see the differences in the height of each piece of the glass. The edges are not sharp so you can run your hand along and feel the texture.
|A close-up of the cut smalti glass tiles|
The single tree mosaic is based on the left most tree in my daughter's photo. She snapped this picture in the forests surrounding Blarney Castle.
|Cece's photo looking up into the trees|
|The watercolor created from the photo|
|My first tree mosaic|
As you can see from my first tree mosaic, there were some major scale issues and I lost so much of the detail by trying to complete the entire scene. Pretty discouraging. The finished size of the first mosaic is 17-1/2 inches by 13 inches, while the single tree mosaic is the same height at about 13 inches square. I'm always disappointed when something doesn't come out the way I envisioned, but I needed to start somewhere.
|My progress on the single tree mosaic|
Work on both mosaics was slow going. My time was very broken up and spread out which made it really hard to find a groove. I found myself getting too close and worrying about tiny details and forgetting to step back and see the big picture. Probably a metaphor for my life.