Tasman Sea Dreams
Hand made wall art tile

Tasman Sea Dreams

Fri, May 19th, 2017 Picture this: you’re traveling through a foreign land, traversing its rolling hills and small towns and you come upon a small bay where you stop for lunch. This is an adventure of a lifetime, you are halfway across the globe from where you were born.

Everything is alive, different & new. Your experiences, the language, and the culture are music to your ears and a feast for your eyes.

We’ve all been there, a vacation we never want to end. We love where we are, but more often we want to hold and capture the feeling of the moment, the joy, and peace of our experience.

I met Lois in Vero Beach, FL in 2016 just as she finished purchasing a piece from another artist at the show. She was not in the market for a wall sculpture that year but said she had just the wall and would stay in touch.

Just before the 2017 show, I reached out to Lois to see if she’d like to have a consult at her home where I could see the wall she was thinking about. It was perfect timing, I got to see her new condo, get a flavor for her aesthetic, colors and talk about ideas.

Lois wanted to use a photo from her retirement trip as a jumping off point for her sculpture. After more than 20 years as a firefighter in Fort Lauderdale, Lois and her husband Rick rented an RV and traveled throughout New Zealand for several months. Her intense career was over, she was celebrating and decompressing. It was a trip of a lifetime. The photo captured a feeling which she wanted to be conveyed in the artwork.

Thus began Tasman Sea Dreams. As always, we begin our journey with a drawing based on the photo and a few revisions. Once the details were worked out, I began to work in clay.

I create the wall sculpture, working from foreground to background and back again. Bold lines are laid in first, then smaller lines, then sketching the focal points and accents. From there, it's all details. Texture is added, lines are refined and the composition & dimension comes to life.

Phase one of the project is complete. During phase 2 the color is applied to the tiles, layered from background to foreground and feathered on. Lois wants a soft sandy surface, some bright colors, but she wants to maintain the feeling of peace she felt in that New Zealand photo on the Tasman Sea. After our final consult on the phone, I got to glazing. I work more than 20 ceramic stains into the mural, layering, and feathering and mixing the colors. The mural was kiln fired for 2 days and cooled for another day. The frame was built and the tiles adhered. The final details of placing the beach pebbles and shells took another few days.

Now the mural is complete. Here it is hanging on Lois' livingroom wall, the first thing you see when you walk through her front door. Lois' reaction, 'this is so beautiful! You did it, captured the feeling of the photograph'.

Contact Brenda if you'd like to work together on creating a Sculptural Wall Mural for your home or office.



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The Art Location
The Art Location

The Art Location
New Zealand
New Zealand
Reference Photo
New Zealand
Just Below the Wall
Just Below the Wall

Just Below the Wall
Color reference
Color reference

Color reference
The kitchen in view
The kitchen in view

The kitchen in view
the granite countertop
the granite countertop

the granite countertop
a detail of the colors
a detail of the colors

a detail of the colors
art references
art references

art references
Canoe Colors
Canoe Colors

Canoe Colors
Artwork Colors
Artwork Colors

Artwork Colors
Backyard Botanicals
Backyard Botanicals

Backyard Botanicals
Iris Inspirations
Iris Inspirations

Iris Inspirations
Photo Inspiration
Photo Inspiration

Photo Inspiration
cabin cruiser reference
cabin cruiser reference

cabin cruiser reference
The Final Drawing
The Final Drawing

The Final Drawing
Hand cutting each tile
Hand cutting each tile

Hand cutting each tile
laying them on the table
laying them on the table

laying them on the table
Sketching out the lines
Sketching out the lines

Sketching out the lines
The right side
The right side

The right side
Right side detail
Right side detail

Right side detail
Tree detail
Tree detail

Tree detail
An overview
An overview

An overview
Small Shells
Small Shells

Small Shells
Beach Pebbles
Beach Pebbles

Beach Pebbles
Wild flowers glazed
Wild flowers glazed

Wild flowers glazed
Tree Detail, it will layered with red too.
Tree Detail, it will layered with red too.

Tree Detail, it will layered with red too.
Wild Grasses with red accents
Wild Grasses with red accents

Wild Grasses with red accents
Waiting for the final touch
Waiting for the final touch

Waiting for the final touch
Right grass cluster glazed
Right grass cluster glazed

Right grass cluster glazed
Pebbles and shells by the shore
Pebbles and shells by the shore

Pebbles and shells by the shore
She'll detail
She'll detail

She'll detail
Glazed & Framed.
Glazed & Framed.
Hanging on Brenda's Studio Wall
Glazed & Framed.
On The Wall
On The Wall
Tasman Sea Dreams Wall Art
On The Wall
Hand made ceramic tile
Hand made ceramic tile
Custom Designed for your home
Brenda McMahon Ceramics
Hand made ceramic tile
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Custom Wall Art with stones, shells
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