1-back wall in austin

But try not to look at them.  The wall, the wall.  I am soooo hoping it is huge.  Daughter and food blogger (, Brady sent this to me from the annual BlogHer conference in Austin today.  From this detail, it looks so fine!  And if huge, the scale of using plates, back and front, Revere-ware pot lids, hammered aluminum “Lazy Susans”, everything that makes my creative soul dance, would be just right.  And mirror!  Just the thing to add motion and excitement to a piece of art.

“Scale” is the size of the elements in a work of art (plates, lids tiles, in this case) with reference to the size of the work itself.  Like scales on a fish.  The smaller they are, the more color and value can move around in the composition.  Like brushstrokes in a painting.  The artist has more chance to “talk”.  If the elements are too big in relation to the composition, they are too apparent, and stand out as “plates” instead of a simple vehicle to carry color,  texture and value around on the picture plane.

Something else to think about in this composition.  Everything is either white or shiny.  Limiting one’s self in terms of color this way, allows for all kinds of objects if the color is the same.  Many kinds and sizes of shapes can be used because they all have a common color.  Unity.

Plates are just so much fun.  The composition below is a square foot.  So the elements had to be just parts of plates.  A full plate wouldn’t work.

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Pretty soon, it will not be fun working with water outside.  Things need to be grouted up tightly at the pool.  Then I will begin with the shower in the new bathroom.  Its portland cement bottom is being created today by a real expert:  the man who taught me to lay tile.

White grout will be added here to this area that is slowly getting more beige (or whatever.  I think names for colors is just silly.  How can a name describe a color and value?).

This tile rug was created last week in an effort really to simply take up some space on a huge pool deck.  The outdoor table will sit here.  The flea market provided the jewels and I usually listen to the universe when she offers something up.

In all my work, whether textiles or this, I like to see a frenzy kind of settle down into strict pattern in places.  That is the reason for the little vignettes of rectangles here.

The orangey center of this rug will be grouted with a color called “malt”, half of it is now, in addition to about a foot of the white tile  around that center.  Then I will start in with white grout beyond.

So with the addition of the white grout, this whole area will get brighter as it works out and away.  And another subtle change is happening on those outer edges.

This tile is from the Crossville Tile Company of Crossville, Tennessee.  They have an area of experimental or damaged tile that they give to art teachers.  I often stop when going across I-40, and got these kind of screen printed examples there.  Breaking these up creates a subtle difference in the area surrounding the rug proper.

At the bottom of the image above you can see the screen printed tile.