Blowing My Own Horn

I’m sorry, I can’t help but feel proud and want to share this good news with my followers.  Yesterday I received the following email from Delphi Glass. 

 Dear Arlene,

 You’re a Delphi Featured Artist!  Thank you for allowing Delphi to feature your artwork in our catalog.  At Delphi we love to share our customer’s successes and triumphs and how they got started in their crafts by featuring them in Artist Spotlights throughout our catalogs.  Congratulations on the opportunity to showcase your work in one of these spotlights.

 Our Annual 2010-2011 catalog is mailing soon and the stained glass panel that you entered into our Annual Photo Contest is featured on page 57.  You will also be receiving by mail a $50.00 gift certificate in appreciation for letting us feature your art in a Delphi Catalog.

 Please feel free to contact me with any questions.


Melanie Churchill                                                                                             Merchandise Catalog Manager                                                                         Delphi Glass                                                                                  

Remember about a month or so ago, I was contacted by another stained glass hobbyist looking for my pattern of the tiger.  Delphi is featuring my tiger on the banner page of their website and this hobbyist wanted to purchase my pattern.  Delphi had given her my email address so she could contact me. 

 Since I had submitted about four pictures of my work to Delphi’s contest, I am unsure which piece will be featured on page 57 of their catalog.  Time will tell, I am anxiously awaiting my catalog and most definitely will share the featured piece.

 One thing for sure, I will submit pictures of some of my mosaics for next year’s contest.


Van Gogh’s Starry Night – Arlene’s Interpretation in Tesserae Mosaic Tiles

I’ve been working on this mosaic for some time now.   I placed the piece on the west wall in my garden where the sun can show if off for most of the day.  But that location proved to be quite a hard location to work at.  The sun rises over the mountains at about 6 am and brightens the chosen wall.  Up until about 8 am, the Palo Verde tree shades the area where I was working, and then BAM, blinding sunlight and a nice warmth that quickly grows blistering hot. 

For that reason, every stage of this mosaic took much longer than it should have taken.  Prepping the wall was a painstakingly long process.  The thin-set dried quickly, so I could only set one small portion each day.  The grout dried too quickly, again I was only able to complete a small portion each day having to grout a 12 inch square then sponge it off with lightening speed. 

 I wrote a post about creating this mosaic pattern back in June and how Don McLean’s song “Vincent” haunted me during the creative process.  Well, the song continued to play in my mind while I was working – sometimes I even heard myself singing “Starry, starry night; paint your palate blue and gray……” 

Now I’m sure I understand what he tried to say to me!  And having said that, here is a picture of the finished piece, what do you think?