This landscape is of a view of the San Juan Mountains from the mountain pass "The Dallas Divide" along the Continental Divide. Fall foliage is one of my favorite natural phenomena. Here in Colorado the golden aspens glow in the bright sun and contrast beautifully with the coniferous trees that weave around the aspen colonies. Set against the massive mountains and the big, blue sky - the sights in September and early October are breathtaking.
The aspens are done; some are created with larger shapes of glass while others are made with individual little, aspen leaf shapes. Now onto the pines, then the mountains and the sky!
Here is a good size comparison of the little, hand carved aspen leaves next to my hand.
Here is one of three sections of pines I added to the composition. All the little trees are created with the three hand tools seen in the bottom right of the photo.
Here I am using the other half sheet of this awesome glass to start the process of creating the mountains on the left side.
The blue Colorado sky is coming alive!
Before sectioning off the taped mosaic for gluing.
Last but not least, actually my favorite part, is the grouting. Here I am grouting my mosaics in a sanded charcoal grout.
This photo should give you a good idea of scale as people often don't realize how large my landscape mosaics are.
The mosaic is framed in a 1/2" thick and 2.5" deep. The wood used is red oak. It is stained in dark walnut and finished in satin. The frame is smooth to the touch.
All the glass in this mosaic is completely hand cut including all the large trees, leaves, small pine trees, mountains and every piece of the sky including the circles.
An overview of the mosaic in a different light.
Depending on how the mosaic is viewed, you can see different textures in the glass.