This new mosaic is inspired by one of the hikes we did in Glacier National Park in Montana last summer. We combined the Ice Lake Trail with the Ptarmigan Tunnel Trail. On this 15 miler there were too many awe inspiring views to count. It was impossible to choose a favorite ... but emerging of the Ptarmigan Tunnel after 10 miles of pushing along, crossing our fingers not to run into a grizzly, yet kinda hoping to get a glimpse of one in the distance, trying to take in all the beauty of the lush and colorful, flower filled landscape, the final view of the Belly River Valley with the bright blue Elizabeth Lake appeared on the other side and it was so drastically different than everything leading up to it that it made the strongest impression on me. Still today it is as clear in my memory as if I was just there.
Hands down it is one of the best hikes I've ever done and would do again in a heartbeat. Don't miss it if you are planning a trip to the magic filled Glacier National Park.
Below are some of the process shots of this vast landcape mosaic coming to life in my little studio in the foothills of Boulder, CO.
This is a photo I took after emerging from the Tunnel, looking out at the Belly River Valley. It is the inspiration shot for my mosaic.
The charcoal sketch I created to help me visualize and to feel the landscape before diving into choosing my glass.
Holding a glass 'Elizabeth Lake' in the palm of my hand - it is fun to be an artist =)
Slow progress ...
Detail of the little rocks I hand cut with flat-head tile nippers.
Working on the sky - the light at the end of the tunnel becomes visible =)
All glued and almost ready for grouting - just gotta peel the tape off.
As always this is my favorite part. Grouting really makes the mosaic finally come a live! Now we just have to frame it and it will be all ready to find a good home with someone who loves the mountains and mosaics as much or even more than I!