Has my love for flowers blinded me to the beauty of foliage? Art Elements September Challenge

I was reading Art Elements Blog last month and saw that the September Challenge was to create art using Foliage. I love all of God’s creations and have been thinking about foliage and the varieties and beauty of it. Some of you may know that the reason my mosaic business is named Flower Floozy Designs is because I am so crazy for flowers and color. I belong to a group of gardening ladies who call ourselves the Planters Nuts. Most of them have lots of shade and have been very much into foliage for years. I always made a beeline for the flowers at the nurseries so they teased me that I was a Flower Floozy. It’s true! But lately I have been making a conscious effort to look at foliage to appreciate the beauty in the leaves. I accomplished a few things this month with foliage and looked back through my previous projects for a few more examples of foliage to share with you.

Here is my most recent project. I am still learning the ins and outs of my new kiln so I made these small leaf dishes that can be used as soap dishes, ring dishes, or outside in the garden to hold water for the birds. The dishes were made using a leaf from the garden as a pattern for the pottery. After they were fired, I mosaiced the leaf dishes with stained glass and grouted.

Here are a few other past projects that I made highlighting the greenery, leaves and foliage.

Art Elements has organized a group of artists who are all spotlighting foliage this month. Check out these other amazing artists. Click on the name and it will take you to their pages.

Art Elements Theme

Guests

Dawn

Allison

Hope

Beth & Evie

Laurie

Kathy

Sarajo

Michelle

Divya

Tammy

Me – Karen

Alysen

Mary

Cat

Jill

Sarah

Anita

I hope you have as much fun checking out all of the different ways that foliage is interpreted in art. I am now super inspired to go create more foliage art and to study it more closely.

In the Garden

I recently sold one of my favorite windows I have completed. It was based on the old hymn, “In the Garden”. My favorite parts of that hymn are the lines, “I go to the garden alone, while the dew is still on the roses…and He walks with me and He talks with me, and He tells me I am His own. And the joy we share as we tarry there, none other has ever known”. This is my version of that garden.

Christmas Commission Reveals!

I am so excited to let you have a peak at some fun things that I created this year for clients to give as Christmas presents. I had a wide array of requests this year which made it extra fun to create these.

Today’s commission is a special lantern that I made for a mom. It is the 4 seasons of cardinals. Each side has the cardinal in their natural habitat for that season. If you know someone who might enjoy having one of these, here is the Link to purchase one. This is the small lantern. I can also do it on the large lantern for $109.99 with free shipping.

The Puppy Love continues!

Still working on pet portrait commissions. There is nothing better in my book than mosaics and dogs so it is a win win for me. I am offering a class in Mosaic Pet Portraits on February 3 and 4. This class is an intermediate level mosaic class. If you have ever wanted to do a pet portrait, check for the class under workshops on this website.

Here are some more pieces that I have completed. Here is Sawyer. Sawyer is a Tibetan Terrier.

This sweet love with the come hither look is Blue. Blue is a jug dog. I had never heard of that until his parents visited me at the Valle Country Fair in Valle Crucis.

And last but not least. Here are Gus and Sidney. These sweet babies have crossed over the Rainbow Bridge. They were the loving pets of some friends who were in Sheltie Rescue and had many foster pups over the years. But Gus and Sidney always ruled the house.

My Fascination with Trees

Do you ever get stuck on a theme?  For me, I often start on a subject and keep working in that subject over and over for a while.  The theme this summer has been trees.  Trees are such fascinating subjects for me.  The term “Tree of Life;” is so literally true when you think about all of the different ways that trees support life – form the majestic eagle down to the lowly termite.  I sold my latest tree to a wonderful family this past weekend in Banner Elk.  Their joy and excitement with it really rejuvenated me and my excitement.  They sent me a picture of it hanging in their beautiful home.  Here is their tree.  I am so grateful that they sent me this photo of it in it’s new home.  


Another tree that I recently completed was for a friend who wanted a tree with birds in it.  We recently hung this piece in her kitchen.  Birds are another fascination for me and I loved creating this piece for her.  

When I look at birds, my mind always returns to the Bible verse about God’s care for the sparrow.  During the Depression, my grandfather Pope had a small store that he ran in the community.  He was a very caring and generous man and he could not bear to see families going hungry so he continued to issue his neighbors food on credit even though he knew they could not pay him.  Eventually he reached the end of his ability to provide for them.  He was very distraught over how he would provide for his family of 8 people for whom he was the only provider.  While out in the field trying to start a new field, he set a fire to burn off the brush so he could plow.  One area of the field refused to burn even though it was thick with brush.  When he went to investigate the problem, he found a small nest of sparrows.  He fell to his knees weeping and praising the Lord because he knew that God had sent this to him as a sign that his family would be okay.  Because if God could protect these few sparrows, he knew God would protect his family.  I am very grateful for God’s protection and for the example of a godly grandfather who loved his family and loved his Lord.  Here is Libby’s tree window.