Thursday, 25 January 2018
FABULOUS FOLIAGE. (WAP # 4; Istanbul)
I remember feeling quite overwhelmed by the artistry in the construction of these mosaics. There were a number showing wild animals, set in interesting compositions with fabulous use of colour. My favourite mosaics though were of trees & plants, with wonderful shaped leaves & numerous bands of colour.
I started with simple lines sketches of a few foliage possibilities. The one I wanted to take further, received a splash of paint to guide me in my colour choices.
It was time to let the cutting back begin....
Now I'd reached the dangerous part. I had noticed that time & centuries of being walked over, not to mention being buried under ground for another few centuries, meant that the grout around the paler tesserae appeared quite dark, whereas it was quite light around the coloured tiles. Therefore, I was hoping to achieve this effect by using my darkest colour layer to create the grout lines for the background tiles. I held my breath & went for it!
This outcome is intriguing. It reminds me of cellular structures! The dark blue outlines do tend to significantly detract from the coloured section of the 'mosaic' & in hindsight, I definitely went a bit too dark with my fabric choice. However, it's not a complete disaster & there are ways of changing that overpowering impact.