April Goals: Silhouette Portraits, Spring Flowers & The Mosaic Man

Spring, beautiful Spring. I have been ten times happier this month just because the sun is shining. 

April has been fast, but very good to me. Here are three of my best creative endeavors this month!

1. Mattie’s Silhouette Portraits

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I have the highest honor of being an aunt to my brother and his fiance’s three amazing children.

My soon-to-be sister-in-law, Mattie, and I seem to have a similar artistic taste, and she has been a wonderful supporter of my work. One day, she asked me if I would create silhouette portraits of the kids.

While I usually don’t do commissions, I was more than happy to do this for them. Plus it was something that I’ve never done before, and I was very curious to try.

She sent me reference pictures, and I traced them onto parchment paper. I used my projector to enlarge and then trace their profiles onto the canvases.

Normally, I would freehand portraits, but since it was just their silhouettes, I felt every detail needed to be as close to exact as possible or else it wouldn’t look like them.

To be honest, this project didn’t take that long at all. I couldn’t be happier with how they turned out, and I’m glad to say she loves them as well.

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2. Spring Decorating

I really can’t explain to you how much happier I am when the sun is shining. You can ask anyone around me, my mood turns around 100%.

I spent those first sunny days sitting on our deck for hours (leading to an unfortunate sunburn, but it’s tan now so it all worked out). Sitting out there I realized, we needed some spring decor.

To start off, I made a wreath based on this tutorial I found online. I had never made a wreath before, but my mom always makes beautiful wreaths, so that must have given me the confidence to try.

All in all, it was simple to make, just very time consuming. The yarn I used looked like something they would make muppets out of, so that’s always fun.

I love how the final product turned out, and it makes me smile whenever I walk through the door.

I had been wanting to get flower boxes for our deck since we moved in, and this year it finally happened. I planted lavender and begonias.

I have to put rocks on top of the soil of anything I put on the deck because we have three mischievous squirrels outside that like to dig everything up to hide nuts. Rocks are the only thing I’ve found that works to keep them out. Luckily, it ends up looking pretty cool and doesn’t hurt the plants.

The flower boxes look amazing with the fairy lights around them. It made one of my favorite places to just sit and exist into an even more peaceful oasis.

Here’s to happy, sunny days.

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3. See the Mosaic Man

Okay folks, it’s story time…

One day, I created a concept for a future illustration I wanted to pursue. It was an original story in my head called “The Mosaic Man.”

An artist makes a man completely out of mosaic glass, and naturally he comes to life. The artist dies shortly thereafter, and because people tend to fear something different, the mosaic man is blamed for her death and chased out of town.

He lives in a snowy mountain for so long that his story becomes a myth in the town below. But on those rare sunny days you can see a slight glimmering of light reflecting through his glass being and casting the most beautiful colors down onto the town.

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The story continues…

Two years ago, Greg and I embarked on our first Record Story Day adventure together. We went to Fell’s Point’s The Sound Garden in Baltimore, Maryland.

After we finished spending way too much money on our various vinyl choices, we stepped outside and heard music blaring from the next door over.

There revealed a door covered in mosaic glass, and inside were three stories of the most wonderfully odd and beautiful mosaic and installation art you’ve ever seen. The entire building was a gallery, the music being heard on all floors.

And then we saw him. The Mosaic Man.

He wasn’t made of glass, of course, and he had an actual name. His name is Loring Cornish. His art is incredible, and he is seemingly a very kind and interesting person. All of the pictures I’m posting in this section (other than my concept art) are his amazing work, and if you ever get the chance to see it in person, I would highly recommend it.

Later, I would go on to illustrate a panel for “The Mosaic Man,” not even realizing I was drawing him after the artist I had visited earlier that year. It wasn’t until the second year (as seeing his art has also become a yearly tradition on Record Store Day) when it hit me.

“Oh wow. That’s the Mosaic Man.”

I will never understand the odds of having created a story about a man made of mosaic glass, and then shortly after meeting this “Mosaic Man” himself… but this story will always hold a very special place in my heart.

I hope this month has been as good to you as it has me. Here’s to the next month being even better!

May those few April showers bring many May flowers,
Kayla

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