Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Joy 3/82: My Bench

An old, raw wood bench came with my house.  It was an unsightly thing and I was ready to get rid of it but I've watched the people in my mosaic class transform the most ordinary things into works of art, so I decided to give my bench a second chance.  My granddaughter and I painted it purple and pistachio (a paint store mishap) and then I began to mosaic the seat.  This isn't a small bench ... it's probably six feet long and 20 inches deep ... that's a lot of territory to cover ... especially with no plan.

Not having a plan worried me for awhile but I remembered the intuitive painting class I took with Stewart Cubley http://www.processarts.com/ many years ago and decided to use the same process with the bench.  So that's what I'm doing, taking one step at a time, following my feelings about what wants to come next and it is joyful.  It amazes me that I enjoy this so much because it is slow and painstakingly detailed.  But, yesterday I spent about six hours on it and had to drag myself away when company arrived.  The hours just float away as I play with the brightly colored bits of glass and tile, cutting hundreds of tiny shards to fit together just so.  It's sort of like working a jig saw puzzle where you don't have the picture and you have to make all the pieces by hand.

I'm a fast-paced person and like most people in today's world, a multi-tasker.  It's proving to be very peaceful and satisfying to do something that has to be done slowly and carefully and requires my full attention.  Here's a detail shot of the work in progress.


  1. This looks just gorgeous; can't wait to see the finished product!

  2. Very special, Joyceann. It makes me happy just to look at the pictures. It's hard to believe it's unplanned. Wonderful!

  3. OK -- so now I have to come visit so I can sit on your beautiful bench~!

    Wow -- it does look beautiful and inviting.

  4. Actually it will be hard as hell and probably bumpy but it sure would be fun to see all of you sitting on it ... that would be a picture worth taking. Ya'll come!