Suntaker #5 – 6″x6″ Mosaic

Suntaker 5

Suntaker #5 – 2013

6″ x 6″ Mosaic on Illustration Board

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Cactus Bloom – 4.5″ x 4.5″ Mosaic

Cactus Bloom – Mosaic made with recycled candy and drink labels

Cactus Bloom – 4.5″ x 4.5″ Mosaic on BFK Rives Paper

One of my favorite locations to get away and unplug is Turkey, Texas. Up there my in-laws have a house they keep up and every year we make a trek up to Turkey for the Bob Wills Weekend fun. Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys, is the king of country swing. I’m not much of a country music fan, however going up there and hearing the constant live music and jam sessions, it grows on you fast. On the side of the house where we stayed, there’s a good amount of cactus going wild and most of which had bloomed these yellow flowers. So I took a few shots and filtered it in my Instagram feed. Since I was prepping for an exhibit, working in miniatures, I figured this is a good subject to work up a mosaic while making a mark on my trip this year. Labels used are Shiner Bock beer labels, Lemon Starburst wrappers, Twinnings Earl Gray Tea wrapppers. Be sure to check out the prints in the store and share this post on Pinterest.

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Suntaker #3 – 18 x 24 Mosaic

Suntaker #3 – #Mosaic made with #recycled candy and drink labels

Suntaker #3 – 18 x 24 Mosaic on Masonite

I created this mosaic on the heels of other exhibit work for a silent auction this October benefiting Tarrant County’s local AIDS Outreach Center. Last year I participated in the same auction being my first showing in 12 years as I was glad to participate for the sake of others. Adding the fushia/purple hues was born out of frustration to make the image pop some more. The background was a different approach, as I am finding the gray-area between recognizing the brand vs. the color of the label in the subject to be a problem that needs to be tightened up. The image needs to spell out both the retention of the brand while the creation holds its own ground. Anyways, I am satisfied with the results as this opens the door a little more from certain constraints. Labels used are mostly Twinnings tea wrappers, Lemon Starburst wrappers, various blue labels in the background. The purple/fushia colors I added before finishing the piece are from Wonka’s Bottle Cap candy wrappers.

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Suntaker #2 – 12 x 18 Mosaic

Suntaker #2 – #Mosaic made with #recycled candy and drink labels

About the Mosaic

12″ x 18″ on masonite,the mosaic is made mostly with Twinnings tea wrappers, Snapple Peach Iced Tea, imported chocolate bar labels, some gold foil and various green labels in the background. Sunflowers are found all over Texas. They are everywhere. This is the fourth of the four mosaics I made a for an exhibit in Fort Worth last September, 2011. Thinking ahead, I figured flowers would be a good subject matter, knowing candy wrappers and drink labels tend to be bright and colorful. For example, as a husband, it would be smart to buy my wife flowers occasionally. When buying a bouquet, I would choose the flowers with the brighter colors. Sunflowers, in general are popular and in various methods of decor. My wife indeed likes a nice bouquet of sunflowers in the house.

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