This Spring there is a lot happening! I have begun work on a 3×5 foot commission in smalti and stone. It may be finished for our New Spring tour dates of May 21 and 22. Things will look a little different both inside and outside of the studio at that time of year. The koi will be getting active in the pond. The garden will be in bloom with tulips, lilacs and iris, and perhaps a few of the daffodils will still be in bloom, lending their cheerful vibrant color. Spring always brings to mind new growth and that will be happening inside the studio as well. I am experimenting with new techniques to integrate into my mosaic work. One is Encaustic painting an ancient technique that uses hot beeswax with pigments. The surface can be richly textured or smooth with lustrous depth. I think it will be a good fit for my mosaic work. The other new process is cold wax and oil paint. During my trips to Italy I have fallen in love with the rich warm colors and weathered nostalgic feeling of the old buildings and walls. The cold wax process lends itself in creating that effect.
I enjoy getting out in the winter to view the many birds that find their way south to Cape Ann as well as our hardy locals. Here is a new piece I call Winter Spirit.
The studio continues to be active with ongoing mosaic classes, check them out on my website PamstrattonMosaics