Thursday, June 2, 2016

White Barred Owl

Gaia - Goddess of Nature - The White Barred Owl, stained glass mosaic, 45"x25", 2016
~Available for Sale: http://kasiamosaicsstore.blogspot.com/
Take a look at the owl coming alive through the process photos.  Prints coming soon!

The rough sketch.

Progress.
Adding feathers one by one.
Only the tail to go, then onto the leaves.
Choosing the right shade of green.
The leaves and the sky area all also hand cut.
Grouting!

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

First Friday Art Walk

This coming Friday, June 3, 2016 is the monthly Art Walk here in the Santa Fe Arts District of Denver, Colorado.  The Kasia Mosaics Studio is located in unit 302 on the third floor of the 910 Arts Building on 910 Santa Fe Drive. The Art Walk is happening from 6pm to 9pm. 


This is a really big and fun event for all art enthusiasts. The street will be closed off, all the art galleries and studios will be open, there will be food trucks and music through out the area. My studio will be open as usual and beer and wine will be served for all who venture up to the third floor of the 910 Arts Building to visit my colorful studio! 


Friday, May 20, 2016

Stained Glass Mosaic Landscape Art

It is a challenge to fully convey the effect of a stained glass mosaic through a single photo. Especially it is difficult to show the scale of the work.  Every single piece of glass in my mosaics is hand cut with basic hand tools.  Some of the shapes I create are so minuscule that they are smaller than the tiniest fingernail.   I source the glass in person by visiting the local art glass warehouse here in Denver, D&L Art Glass. The glass is very shiny and reflective, often appearing different from each direction and under a different light while other glass has unique textures that are best seen in person.  Each mosaic is custom framed in wood that accentuates the colors of the glass composition.  It is light enough for any adult to pick up, averaging about 30 pounds each for the mosaics seen below.  I've been photographing the work next to myself to help my virtual viewers and buyers gain a better understanding of what these works look like in person.  Below each photo is a link that will direct you to more detail and process photos as well as background info on each mosaic.
Sunset at Trillium Lake, stained glass mosaic (framed), 24" x 48", 2016 ~Available
See Full Blog Post With the Story Behind This Mosaichttp://www.kasiamosaics.com/2016/01/sunset-at-trillium-lake-oregon.html

The Dallas Divide, stained glass mosaic (framed), 16" x 48", 2014

Cascade Canyon, stained glass mosaic (framed), 24" x 48", 2013 ~Available
See Full Blog Post With the Story Behind This Mosaic: http://www.kasiamosaics.com/2013/07/cascade-canyon-mosaic.html

Ptarmigan Trail - Glacier National Park, stained glass mosaic (framed), 30" x 30", 2014 ~Available

High Alpine Lake, stained glass mosaic (framed), 24" x 48", 2016 ~Available

Vermont Autumn, stained glass mosaic, 36"x36" (37.5"x37.5" framed), 2013 ~ Available


 

Friday, May 13, 2016

Kasia Mosaics Online Flower Class

The Kasia Mosaics Online Flower Class is now fully virtual and available for instant streaming anywhere in the WORLD!

Can’t make a Kasia Mosaics Class in person? This is an online version of my popular ‘Stained Glass Mosaic Flower Workshop’ which is typically a two day intensive for beginners as well as intermediate mosaic artists.  I've taught the live version of this class to over 200 students across the country as well as a growing community of virtual mosaic enthusiasts, our Online Class has nearly 100 students now!  Everything covered in the original workshop is documented in detail in the  online instructional videos as well as additional written text that the students gain instant, life time access once they register.

For more information visit the new Kasia Mosaics Classes Website: http://www.kasiamosaicsclasses.com

Just like the onsite workshop, the online class is suited for all levels – a beginner as well as an advanced student will enjoy and benefit from the class.  No prerequisites or drawing skills are needed to be able to successfully complete the class project. The class covers the basics of every step of the stained glass mosaic process from start to finish.  It is a great choice for someone looking to develop a strong foundation in stained glass mosaics and to grow as a stained glass mosaic artist.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Signed "Match Girl" Poster Art Print

Sense of scale next to me and the original mosaic and paiting.
This newly released 'Match Girl' Poster Art Print allows the fans of my mosaic art to have a signed print of one of my most beloved mosaic art pieces at an affordable price. The mosaic image is 12"x9". It is printed on 100lb satin cover stock paper, size 14"x11, leaving a 1" border all around. The print is titled and signed by me under the image. Click Here to Buy

All the prints are packed in a protective plastic.

Each print is titled and signed in pencil by me.
This print fits perfectly and looks best in a 20"x16" Matted Gallery Frame that fits a print that size while slightly covering the white border while displaying the title and signature. A frame like this can be sourced at most frame shops. The one in the photo is from 'Room Essentials' at Target for $20. Click to see reference shopping link here.

We have an economical frame/matting suggestion to help you display your print beautifully and make it look its best.  You can use the suggested frame dimensions to custom frame your mosaic if you choose.
*Disclaimer: This is an unlimited edition poster art print. This means that it is not numbered. We are offering this option for those who are looking to have an image signed by Kasia. For those wanting a Limited Edition Archival Print of 'The Match Girl', please email Kasia to be added to the waiting list. We will be releasing the Limited Edition Artist Print in the Summer of 2016. It will cost $100 plus shipping/handling. It will come with a certificate of authenticity and a suggested frame option.

Match Girl, stained glass mosaic on board, 40" x 30" (42"x32" framed), 2011
This mosaic is inspired by the imaginary spaces I built in my head while experiencing a familiar childhood story. Being a story architect in the magical place which is our mind can be extremely creative as there aren't any rules you have to follow. In the upper left hand corner (inside a room, among the apartment buildings) my mother is reading the story to my two sisters and me. The orphaned child in the story is out on a cold winter day, selling matches. No one is buying them though. It is so cold that the little girls starts burning the matches to stay warm. As my mother approaches the sad ending of the story - an ending I've heard before - I leap out of the room landing in the story. Though I am too late the last match has been lit. All that is left of the little girl is a shadow surrounded by light, as her soul ascends to heaven.  To view the full blog post about this mosaic, click here: http://www.kasiamosaics.com/2011/06/match-girl.html

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Online Mosaic Flower Class Special

For a limited time, till May 9th I am having a Special on the newly released and reformatted Kasia Mosaics Online Flower Class.  This will be the only sale of the year on this class so don't miss it!  Go to the Class Website for more information and registration: http://www.kasiamosaicsclasses.com/course/online-flower-class/

http://www.kasiamosaicsclasses.com/course/online-flower-class/

Friday, April 29, 2016

Kasia Mosaics Summer Retreat

More Than a Workshop 

 


This is a unique opportunity for fans of Kasia’s stained glass mosaic art and technique as well as those who love nature and the outdoors as much as Kasia and her partner Kyle do. This retreat combines learning a new approach to stained glass mosaics as well as exploring and enjoying some of the local favorites when it comes to sightseeing in the foothills of Colorado.  Visit the new Kasia Mosaics Classes Website to register, to see the potential time line, hotel suggestions etc.  If you have any other questions, please email kpolkowska@gmail.com

http://www.kasiamosaicsclasses.com/course/colorado-mosaic-retreat-summer-2016/

 

Here Is What Kasia and Kyle Have Planned

 

Students fly into Denver, Colorado on a Wednesday July 6th in time for the Welcome Dinner in the Kasia Mosaics Denver Studio surrounded by lots of colorful mosaics sure to inspire a beginner as well as an intermediate mosaicist. This will be a perfect meet and greet where we will enjoy Kyle’s home cooking as well as other refreshments including wine and local beer.
The time spent with Kasia and Kyle will be a combination of learning the basics of stained glass mosaics, creating and finishing an 18″x18″ framed mandala mosaic as well as a few excursions to see and enjoy some of K&K’s favorite, easy to access mountain vistas where students can enjoy a nature walk, a hike or even just kick back and take in the view.

What You'll Learn 

 

The workshop would include all materials and tools.  We would have a structured class each of the three days and students would finish their projects by Saturday late afternoon/early evening.  At that point we might have some informal good bye refreshments.
During the class we will focus on glass cutting while going through ever part of the stained glass mosaic process and completing an impressive mosaic.  The students will have 3 templates to choose from.  Through out the day in the studio, we will have light snacks like coffee, cookies, fruit.
More details coming soon!





 

The Sights

 

The nature outings would be in the morning or in the late afternoon to avoid afternoon storms.
  • Boulder, maybe Chataqua Park would be very cool as we can go for nature walks in the foothill (if we get a big hiker, they can go up Green or Bear Mountain – both great hikes) 6 mile round trip with a lot of elevation gain.

  • Indian Peaks for the big Colorado views, perfect for a stroll, or a picnic around Brainard lake, a short 2 mile hike around Long Lake or a 5 or 6 mile hike out and back to the bigger views but this is high up so not for everyone.
  • Roxbourough State Park – amazing rock formations. (click the included links to see photos of these places).  The photo below was taken in winter, it will be green and sunny in July – the rock formations are spectacular. 

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Online Flower Mosaic Class

Today on April 27th the fully virtual version of the popular Kasia Mosaics Online Stained Glass Flower Class is LIVE! It is now available to students worldwide and can be accessed by registered students from anywhere, anytime.  There is no time limit on how often you can watch the videos and no set time on when you need to start or complete your project. Visit the new Kasia Mosaics Classes Website to sign up for the Online Class.

http://www.kasiamosaicsclasses.com/course/online-flower-class/

Just like the onsite workshop, the online class is suited for all levels – a beginner as well as an advanced student will enjoy and benefit from the class.  No prerequisites or drawing skills are needed to be able to successfully complete the class project. The class covers the basics of every step of the stained glass mosaic process from start to finish.  It is a great choice for someone looking to develop a strong foundation in stained glass mosaics and to grow as a stained glass mosaic artist.

What Are The Benefits of Taking This Class?

  • With a lifetime access to the class materials, learn in the comfort of your own home/studio while creating a beautiful stained glass mosaic flower.
  • Learn how to score, break and shape stained glass with hand tools – no need to spend money on grinders and wet saws.
  • You don’t need to know how to draw to create a mosaic via this Online Class as it comes with a full set of flower designs that may be used for a variety of hobby projects.
  • The additional flower designs allow you to continue practicing your new skills following the completion of their first class mosaic without having to worry about the design aspect of creating a mosaic in these early stages of learning.
  • The techniques covered in class can be further applied to more complex projects down the line after you build a strong foundation through practicing the lessons covered in class.
  • You will have access to a private Kasia Mosaics Online Class Facebook Group. This is where you get to ask questions, share your progress, interact with other students who are taking the class and be inspired by their results.
  • The class project makes a beautiful accent for your home or an artful gift for a special someone.
  • You have the option to purchase additional project templates, kits and frames.

Friday, April 8, 2016

Spring Time Lotus Flower

Spring Time Lotus Flower, stained glass mosaic (framed), 30"x30", 2016 
Available for Sale: http://kasiamosaicsstore.blogspot.com/ 












Wednesday, March 30, 2016

First Friday Art Walk


Its that time of the month again - The Santa Fe First Friday Art Walk is happening this Friday April 1 from 6pm to 9pm. Visit the Kasia Mosaics Studio in the 910 ARTS Building in Denver. See my current works in progress, an array of completed colorful mosaics, Kyle's water colors, our friend Gaby might stop by to display her jewelry and that's just the beginning. 

All the art studios and galleries will be open so its a very fun way to kick off Friday Night! If you'd like to come scope out the space as a potential student and ask some questions, its best to come early as the night gets busy and sometimes I don't have a chance to talk to everyone. Before 7:30pm its pretty slow so its a great time to chat.  We will serve wine and beer through out the night.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

My Love Affair with Mountains

My most favorite subject matter for mosaics is the Great American Landscape.  I say 'most' because I enjoy investigating numerous, varied subjects and themes through my mosaics but the landscape owns the greatest part of my heart.  I hike around the country, take lots and lots of reference and inspirational photos, do a ton of sketches when I get back to the studio and then ... I hand cut and shape the thousands of pieces of glass it takes to create each one of these mosaic mountain scenes that are actually much larger than you can imagine from these photos. They span up to 4 feet in width and I plan for them to keep getting larger!

 

I had a full year off from creating my mosaic landscapes in 2015 due to an extensive cross country journey I embarked on which took most of that year and about 6 months to plan and organize leading up to the trip.  This leaves quite a gap in my portfolio but I've been very busy since returning to Colorado and back to work and eager to create as much as possible!

Fun Fact: In just one of these mosaics, I've counted there to be about 2,000 hand cut circles. I often ask myself what was I thinking?!?! Hope you enjoy and are inspired to get out there and surround yourself with our incredible landscape this Spring, the time of the year when a part of the landscape that has been a sleep for many months reawakens and brightens up our world with the most beautiful shades of color spread all around.

Sunset at Trillium Lake, stained glass mosaic (framed), 24" x 48", 2016
Available for Sale: http://kasiamosaicsstore.blogspot.com/

In September of 2015, while traveling around the United States, I spent a few days in the Mt Hood region of Oregon.  We camped in a national forest near Trillium Lake.  This was part of our (my partner Kyle and I's) 8 month long cross country trip.  The days spent in this area were calm and relaxing.  The forest was quiet, the skies blue and mostly clear, The MOUNTAIN was majestic.  Most of our trip was very busy as we were combining travel with work so it had its moments of stress.  But here we found a tranquility we longed for in those busy days.  The feeling that filled me while at the foot of Mt Hood, watching the setting sun and the still reflection of the vista in Trillium Lake, knowing that there is turmoil and boiling lava below, was magical.   

High Alpine Lake, stained glass mosaic (framed), 24" x 48", 2016
Available for Sale: http://kasiamosaicsstore.blogspot.com/

This mosaic is inspired by various hikes here in the high Rockies of Colorado.  Rather than paying homage to a specific lake, this is a tribute to high alpine lakes in general.  I've lived in Colorado since 2012 and have hiked to many such lakes as this region is blessed with countless gems of this sort.  I don't quite have a favorite but have some that I've visited more than others in the Indian Peaks Wilderness as well as the Rocky Mountain National Park both areas within driving distance where I've lived, ideal for day hike excursions.  In this mosaic I worked to convey the feeling of being in such places, hiking up high above the treeline, being surrounded by beautifully patterned granite mountains and rocks, coming upon a pristine body of water, encircled by peaks that shoot up to 13,000 to 14,000 feet into the perfect and warm Colorado Sky that is the bluest blue I've ever seen.  Having completed and stepped back from this mosaic, I now see that it can be so many more places that I've imagined, depending on who is viewing it and what amazing places they've gotten to experience.

Sunset Over Boulder, stained glass mosaic (framed), 24" x 48", 2016 
Available for Sale: http://kasiamosaicsstore.blogspot.com/

Having lived in Colorado for years, I have seen many beautiful sunsets over the foothills.  Often the really good ones are seen from the car, driving between Denver and Boulder or Boulder and Lyons.  You just sit there and take in that fleeting magical color display.  The mountains change colors.  Everything in the foreground begins to blend in and become one, making way for the show the sun has in store for you. When surrounded by such beauty, you don't always jump at the photo op, sometimes you just look.  I've seen many incredible sunsets here.  This mosaic is an impression that I carry with me.  I just flip through the many beautiful memories I have and there it is, a compilation of my favorite Boulder View glowing in Blue with bursting sunbeams lighting up the clouds.  This is why so many people fall in love with Colorado. 


Ptarmigan Trail - Glacier National Park, stained glass mosaic (framed), 30" x 30", 2014
Available for Sale: http://kasiamosaicsstore.blogspot.com/

This mosaic is inspired by one of the hikes we did in Glacier National Park in Montana in the summer of 2014. 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.  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.
 


Cathedral Sky, stained glass mosaic (framed), 24" x 48", 2014   ~SOLD

In the very early spring of 2014, while driving on US Highway 36 between Lyons and Boulder, I was confronted with the most magical and serene view - I couldn't get it out of my head ... right away I knew that it was meant to be my next mosaic.  Actually I had to put my other very exciting project on hold because I needed to create this one so badly!

The drive on that road is really beautiful with the rolling foothills and our famous Boulder Mountains on display for all the cyclists and drivers to enjoy. The leaves on the trees were newly blossomed and everything was covered in an afternoon haze. The mountains and the sky almost became one as they created a peaceful backdrop for this lovely scene. It seemed kinda cloudy yet the sun was shining brightly underneath the thin layer of clouds. Right away my mind began to race as this mosaic began to come to life in my head during that lovely drive.

The Dallas Divide, stained glass mosaic (framed), 16" x 48", 2014 

In September 2013, Kyle and I were planning a trip to the San Juan Mountains here in Colorado.  But ... due to the epic thousand year flood in Boulder where we lived at the time, there was an unfortunate change of plans.  First we were displaced from our home for nearly six weeks and had a lot of after math to deal with.  Needless to say, we had to cancel our plans. This mosaic was my way of visiting the mountains I dreamed of seeing that fall but couldn't.  

Sanitas Valley - Spring, stained glass mosaic (framed), 24" x 24", 2014   ~SOLD 

Here in Colorado, there are infinite places to hike around and to challenge yourself going up all those high peaks.  But I often like to take the more relaxing path, one like the hike up Mt. Sanitas in Boulder.  I especially enjoy the walk through the valley below, between Hogback Ridge and Mount Sanitas looking toward the foothills, with my favorite view of Green Mountain, one of the high points in Boulder. This is where I can simply enjoy something beautiful while taking an easy morning stroll, taking in a familiar view which I've really grown to love in all seasons and all times of day. 

From the first stroll down this path all the way back in 2012, I knew I either wanted to draw this place or to create a mosaic tribute to it.  I've walked here during every season and decided that I wanted to recreate the spring version first.  Day after day I went in spring, waiting to see an abundance of purple flowers ... I had no luck, maybe bad timing.  I saw lots and lots of yellows =)  Initially I was going to create a yellow field of flowers but then decided that as the artist, I can make them any color so I got my purple field of flowers in Sanitas Valley after all. 

Cascade Canyon, stained glass mosaic (framed), 24" x 48", 2013  
Available for Sale: http://kasiamosaicsstore.blogspot.com/

This mosaic is inspired by my trip to the Teton Mountains in July of 2012. Kyle and I hiked the Canyon/Paintbrush Loop where the mountain views were spectacular, especially from our backcountry campsite in the Northern section of Cascade Canyon near Lake Solitude. Everything was so lush and green, the wild flowers were blossoming everywhere - the blue and yellow ones stood out to me the most but the reds and pinks were equally impressive.  

A thunderstorm was brewing as we arrived at our campsite so we held our breath as it roared.  Following the storm a thick fog rose from the ground to fully cover the tall peaks and decrease visibility of the scenery.  Just as we watched it rise, we watched the fog fall back to the ground and reveal the spectacular scenery back to us.  The fog kept coming and going until it fully dispersed at sunset and we got to enjoy watching the mountains be bathed in the bright light.  

We observed the marmots and the picas and even saw an antelope run across the meadow.  We fished in the lake, listened to the creek run past our camp as we enjoyed our supper and slept under the stars. This was one of the most beautiful places I've ever visited and used a variety of views and aspects that I've photographed to design a scene which I hoped would convey all that I loved about it. 


Impression of a Colorado Fall, stained glass mosaic (framed), 36" x 36", 2013   ~SOLD

This landscape has been inspired by my impression of the changing, vibrant aspen trees in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado where I live. Aspens live in large colonies and many share one root system so they change colors within their group.  That's one of the reasons the fall foliage is so incredible in the mountainous Colorado landscape. While the colors transition from green to yellow, the barren rocky peaks begin getting snow peaked which creates a wonderful accent to the golden landscape.  This is what creates one of the most magical color displays that nature paints for us.  This is why people travel from all over the world just to get a glimpse.  If they are lucky enough, they will leave with this kind of impression that I've worked to capture in this mosaic.

Vermont Autumn, stained glass mosaic (framed), 36" x 36", 2013 
Available for Sale: http://kasiamosaicsstore.blogspot.com/

As you can see from the title above, this mosaic has been inspired by Vermont's legendary and magical fall foliage.  The mountains may be smaller on the East Coast, but the fall colors rival those found in the Colorado Rockies. 

The September prior to creating this pieces, Kyle and I were driving up to our friends' farm and the reds stood out to me as particularly vibrant and shiny.  In this mosaic, the green conifers and half the red trees are created with iridescent glass which shimmers in the light and recreates the impression of seeing the bright, vibrant foliage in person. 

On our drive, there is a particular spot where you can catch a quick but a very expansive view of the mountains, where thy appear very mighty and pointy, reminiscent of the Rockies, disappearing in all directions into the distant sky or clouds - depending on what kind of a day it is.  On this particular occasion it was the latter, the sky was covered in semi dark clouds but there was still enough light to illuminate the the brilliant carpet of trees covering the mountains below.

 Vermont Spring, stained glass mosaic on board (framed), 18" x 36", 2012   ~SOLD 

This lovely scene was inspired by part of the beautiful panoramic view I used to have from my porch while living and working on a sheep dairy farm in Northeast Vermont. In the spring and in the summer, the fields and pastures would blossom in colonies of flowers, change color almost every week as different flowers took the spotlight. I especially loved seeing the yellows and the pinks together. Here I recreated one of my favorite memories of another place I hold dear in my hear, reliving some of my most beautiful memories I carry with me forever.  

 Green Mountains, stained glass mosaic on board (framed), 36" x 36", 2012
Available for Sale: http://kasiamosaicsstore.blogspot.com/

I've always loved mountains but none as much as green mountains! I don't just love mountains but hills as well.  Combine mountains, hills and a perfect blue sky and I'm in paradise =)  I feel that I've been on a quest to find my perfect landscape, my perfect green hills that roll back into the distance and evolve into magnificent mountain peaks.  The search has led me to discover so nay beautiful places.  I realize that its not the destination but rather the journey that I've been enjoying all of these years.

When I lived in Lismore, Australia back in 2006, I was mesmerized by the endless rolling hills covered by beautiful carpet of green grass.  I used to look out the bus window and as it glided up and down the sloping road, I breathed in the scenery and daydreamed of walking through the beautiful landscape.  This is my tribute to 'Green Mountains' veiled in my ideal sky - a place so beautiful it will inspire many to look for it.


 Mountain Spring, stained glass mosaic (framed), 36" x 36", 2012   ~SOLD

Through my work, I explore many aspects of my interests.  I love nature, landscapes, patterns and colors.  I've been drawn to mountains ever since I was a child and am still fascinated by them, in particular by the mountainous landscape after the snow melt when everything slowly comes to life in vibrant colors.  I am fascinated by flower fields that spring up in these environments, away from most people, hidden in beautiful secluded places.  

While I lived on a remote farm in the beautiful Vermont, I got to see the fields change every week - it was spectacular.  One week a field was a green blanket of grass, the next week yellow dandelions covered fifty percent of it - I've never seen anything so beautiful and undisturbed.  The flowers took turns.  Another week the field was pink with clover and so on.

I feel that purple flowers in particular are a sign of the arrival of Spring. I often see them shooting up through the snow letting us know that its that time of the year. It is my dream to find myself in a purple field like the one that I've created in this mosaic. I want there to be a variety of flowers some more pink some more blue but all in harmony with each other existing in that magical moment when its their turn to come out from the earth for that brief moment and to breath in the pure mountain air.
 
Moving to Colorado in 2012, being confronted with the scope of the Rocky Mountains, I knew I had to add a new factor to my work which was mostly pretty small scale.  Seeing these new, very large and monumental mountains, I didn't want to squeeze them into a small canvas. I decided to direct my energy and focus into mainly large scale mosaics. 

Even though I've been creating mosaics since 2007, this one was the first of its kind.  It was a pivoting point for me and my work.  In the midst of 2012 it became my largest and loudest landscape and it dwarfed my other work.  Up to this point I've worked just as meticulously on my mosaic scenes but due to limited resources I kept the scale pretty small.  Each and everyone of those pieces is unique, has its own story and is filled with the discovery and the play that has shaped me into the creator that I am today.  But every once in a while, I've made sure to take the time to go wild and create something with no boundaries. That is where the biggest magic happens!  That is what this mosaic symbolizes to me.  There are no words to describe the wonder and sense of accomplishment I felt when I stepped back from it and took in what I created.  This is a very special piece for me.