Life is busy just now, but then what’s new. Since moving to our new pad out at Dalchonzie, where I’m just doing mosaic and no B&B, I’ve been going from project to project which is always good fun.
In May, I saw an opportunity to submit a design for an ‘animal parade’ . This one was called “Crieff Cowches” and it was essentially 11 life-sized highland cows to be decorated. Normal people, such as “In the Garden with Friends” artists Ceri White and Gail Robertson, would do this by painting, however I have always wanted to do a mosaic one. And given that it was in the town where I had lived for 20 years, and Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance will be the beneficiary after the auction in October, a great cause, I thought I’d give it a go.
I was approached by Graham of Gordon & Durward. He wanted to sponsor me and we came up with the idea of covering it in mice, given that Gordon & Durward make sugar mice. The cow is called “Sweetie Annie”.
So making this Mosaic took place in June. It involved over 25 mice and took me approximately 260 hours with a further 120 hours by volunteers over a 30 day period. As with my usual style, I tried to incorporate as much old crockery as possible. All the work in progress photographs can be seen on my Facebook page in the Sweetie Annie album.
The auction for Sweetie Annie will take place on the Wednesday, 9th of October with a black-tie dinner at the Hydro Hotel in Crieff. If you would like more information contact David McCann by email on firstname.lastname@example.org, or get in touch with me and I’ll pass it on. Tickets for the event evening can be bought via Eventbrite.
Perthshire Open Studios is approaching fast with only 10 or so days to go, running from the 7th to the 15th of September. 10am until 5pm. I’m going to be closed on the Thursday this year. Look out for venue 112 on the Green Route.
Visitors are always welcome even without necessarily buying anything. My passion for mosaics means that I can just talk about them until the cows come home.
I had asked via Facebook as to what kind of information would entice visitors to visit me, and got some great advice. Some of this I have made into a series of banners. So here goes
Whilst I have many things on the table right now, including mirrors, mosaic balls, little slates, little birds: my usual scatter- brained approach, I also have to progress our bathroom mosaic which is very intricate and based on a paisley design.
But this year is all about the birds…
I do hope you can come visit…