The Rainbow Dragonfly was a commissioned piece, requested by a fellow blogger who became friend – Rory, from A Guy Called Bloke and K9 Doodlepip.
Rory has been a big supporter of mine since the inception of my blogging days, so it’s been a real privilege being asked to create not just one, but two mosaics for him and his lovely partner, Suze. With only this one complete however, I’ll save the details of the second mosaic (which is a surprise for Suze….shhh) for another post.
My instructions were simple – a vibrant dragonfly with a blue or green background. Vibrant – I can do that! I was actually a bit nervous the dragonfly might be too vibrant, I do like a colour bomb!
For the background, I thought I had the perfect idea. Greens down the bottom blending into a blue sky. I’d seen a beautiful sea background made using petal shapes and decided I’d do the same for Mr Dragonfly’s background. Brilliant I am! So creative! Full of wonderful ideas!
I was so excited and set about cutting my petal shapes, using an assortment of shades of each blue and green. There was no planning or counting – my thinking was, ‘if I have too many I have enough’!
After a day of drawing the shapes and cutting out, I decided to count them, purely out of curiosity. The result – mind blowing!! 90 BLUE AND 90 GREEN!!! I had to do a recount because I didn’t believe that could possibly be right! But it was.
Please don’t burst my bubble if I’m wrong, but my closest two friends have passed away and I like to think they do things to keep my wonder and intrigue about life peaked. That’s the explanation that brings a smile to my face and the warm and fuzzies in my heart, so I’m happy with it.
The next morning I couldn’t wait to lay some of these shapes and see how awesome it looked.
It looked like shite…I wasn’t impressed at all. I tried to be! I really did. I sat with it for a couple of days, waiting for that feeling I get when my core tells me it’s right. It didn’t come. I didn’t like the background at all and that wasn’t going to change with time or familiarity! The dragonfly was competing with the background when he was meant to be the star.
I found it all rather amusing. Still do actually. And I have petals for other projects. No loss, just the grand picture I had in my head didn’t translate into reality lol.
I decided to stick with one colour, and I had some beautiful green glass that matched the vibrancy of the dragonfly without washing him out. With one exception, and dammit, Rory will read this! Thinking I’d be using blue up top, Mr Dragonfly has two pieces of green regalia glass in his wings, securely glued down. I didn’t use regalia glass in the background, but there is a lack of definition there now.
Still, it’s had good reviews, I’m really happy with it, and, most importantly, Rory and Suze are very happy with it 😊
I’m nearly finished Rory’s second mosaic. It all fell into place for me tonight so tomorrow I’ll cut the last of the glass I need, glue the background down, and grout in a couple of days.
I’ll have to start thinking about what’s next…