Sunday, July 5, 2015

'Watching the sunrise over Rangitoto'

'Watching the sunrise over Rangitoto'
102cm x 40cm (40 x 16 inches)
polymer clay dot mosaic

Here it is, my first large 'dot mosaic' artwork. It is made up of about 6,935 tiles and took over 150 hours to complete. Each tile has been handmade, from polymer clay, and glued in place on the canvas before being grouted with coloured acrylic modelling paste.

 

The story behind the picture: One morning when I left home early, I saw this beautiful sunrise over Rangitoto from the beach reserve at Browns Bay [Auckland, New Zealand]. I immediately thought this would make a great picture, as I love this view, and I will so miss it when we relocate. I took some photos on another day, for reference purposes, particularly to show the outline of the vegetation that I planned to use in the foreground of the picture. There happened to be this couple, sat on the edge of the reserve, in one of my photos, and so I decided to include them in this picture for added interest.

 
Here is another photo taken with different lighting, although the colour is not so true, it shows the textural surface of the tiles better.


 

Counting the tiles: I knew someone would ask me how many tiles were used to create this picture, and I was curious myself, so I spent several hours this weekend counting them. Here is my counting copy.


Counting the tiles


I was only going to do it once, so I wrote on a photocopy (two A3 sheets joined together), numbering each tile as I went, just in case I lost count. The thick black lines mark blocks of 500. I am fairly sure I counted them all and, give or take a couple, there were 6,935.

 

 

6 comments:

  1. wow! that's a lot of tiles! Love the picture! The hard work was worth it!

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    1. Thanks Cara Jane. It is a new technique I am working on, using the round mosaic tiles. A bit like a puzzle getting them all to fit together but quite relaxing and enjoyable to do. I think my next piece will be a bit smaller though!

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  2. Incredible, in all regards!

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  3. So beautifully done! I'm always drawn to circles, but have never done a mosaic with the circular form, your piece is such a great inspiration!

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    1. Yes, people seem to be naturally attracted to circular forms. Give it a try. Using circular mosaic tiles means you don't have to cut them but to get a range of sizes in different colours you may have to make them, like I do.

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