Sunday, December 8, 2013

Mosaic Stones

So, I've gone a new direction with my mosaic stones. Lately it seems that a lot of mosaic artists are using ball chain in their work, so I thought I'd give it a try. I rather like the look. I even took it one step further and tried my hand at epoxy grout, which was a bit intimidating at first but rather surprising in the end. I typically work with my grout dry. Epoxy grout is a lot wetter and stickier. I do like the end result, and will certainly continue with this method for my outdoor projects.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Piecemakers Mosaic Artists

Piecemakers Mosaic Artists is having a sale on Etsy this week. Feel free to check out their blog and link to all of the shops that are participating. You'll find anything from 10-25% off to free shipping. You'll find some beautiful things there -

Monday, February 16, 2009

My Art

My Art, originally uploaded by floweringmoon.

Everyone on flickr seems to be playing with flickr toys these days, so I decided to have some fun too. Here is a sampling of some of my best artwork. Hope you like it!

Sunday, February 1, 2009

My Little Angel

This is my entry for two mosaic challenges ~ an animal challenge on flickr and a winged creature challenge for Piecemakers. This entry is befitting of both challenges. This is my rendition of one of my beloved Boston Terriers. Her name is Bridget. We call her our little angel because she attempted to rescue our cat who had been attacked by a wild animal. Although our cat did not survive, we were able to get her quickly to the Vet to be humanely put to sleep. Bridget is truly an angel in our eyes.

Saturday, January 31, 2009

An Artist's Journey

An Artist’s Journey
By Elise Saad-Freelance Writer

Joanne’s art background found its roots in the mid 70’s when, as a teenage girl, she embarked on her first art class in acrylic painting of still-life and landscape motifs under the tutelage of Anita Sutherland, a member of Rhode Island’s Woonsocket Fine Arts Society. Joanne explored her interest in art and developed her unique style and application to form, light and color that would broaden and remain a life-long passion.

After her introduction to painting, a growing ambition to hone her drawing skill ensued. Studying under Rhode Island School of Design graduate, Marguerite Vitale, Joanne learned Perspective and Anatomy with the integrity of live models. Here, she also explored the challenging and dramatic medium of Watercolor.

During the burgeoning trend of “country” home d├ęcor, her folk art pieces made their debut onto the local marketplace. Joanne’s artful spirit drove her to move beyond the restrictive confines of “country” and explore new mediums with which to have a creative hand. Inspired by the play of light against a colored glass shoe collection, she journeyed into the study of stained glass creating pieces that range in scope from sun-catchers and lampshades to architectural elements, such as window panels. In concert with her advancing art skills, Joanne’s retail stage expanded to include stained glass art in various boutiques of Wickford Village, RI, home of the prestigious annual Wickford Art Festival. Lured by creativity & intricacy, she furthered her artistic endeavors to include making pottery and jewelry.

Having explored so many art forms, Joanne returned to stained glass with greater zeal, vision and personality- enter Mosaic Art. Gratified by full creative license afforded in mosaic art, Joanne blends elements of pottery, beads, and glass to create functional and decorative pieces that are imbued with her signature whimsy. Joanne’s ever-growing mosaic portfolio includes wall art, tables, mirrors, wall hooks, flowerpots, a birdhouse and even a mosaic guitar!

On the retail side, her internet presence now facilitates the availability of Joanne’s artwork to the international marketplace. Visit Joanne’s virtual studio at Her virtual store has been featured at fellow artists’ blog sites and Joanne’s mosaic art is featured in Mosaic Rocks’ 2008 Mosaic Year Book.

A side note- Joanne’s Studio:
A charming cedar- shingled shed plays host to her creative spirit. Courtesy, her husband, Mike, it is stage right to her summertime outdoor living space and adjacent to a small perennial garden adorned with her original garden elements. Step inside and you’ll find a serious studio fully equipped with all the tools of her trade. Her worktable is chockfull with utilitarian objects: a hand-thrown pot houses pencils, pliers & glasscutters; containers filled with cut glass are segregated by color; divided trays section off specialty beads and glass nuggets; and an illuminated cutting grid sits front and center casting light to her artistic direction. The surrounding walls are adorned with pieces of original artwork such as, a stained glass window panel and both, acrylic and watercolor paintings.