Some of the main players in my current production are ready to rumble. This palette is way more colorful than I like. I prefer a minimal palette with little contrast, or a single color family, and I did try to impose my preference on this work in the design phase. But I lost that battle and all this color prevailed.
The gold pieces in this photo are all cut from 3” square plates. The smallest squares are the size of four of the smaller standard-cut gold. These larger pieces will be elevated by approximately the thickness of the gold, which runs around 1/8”. I’ve adhered a support to the back of each of these 80 pieces, painted the edges, and they are ready to go.
The design for this mosaic is foreign to me, but it was very enjoyable to work on. We sometimes call such unexpected works a departure. I’m not sure about that, but I do feel that it is a risk that I am not sure will result in success—a risk because of the expense of all the gold, and because it will be a very large and heavy monstrosity to deal with should it fail.
Still, it’s like taking a particular direction along a forked path in the woods, not knowing or caring where it leads because it just feels like the walk will be worth it.