A Gift for a Baby

A New Life, stained glass mosaic on board, 11" x 16", 2011   sold
This piece was specially commissioned by a very good friend as a surprise present for a very special young couple expecting a baby. The healthy, little girl was born this morning so I thought I'd celebrate by sharing her new mosaic. My guidelines, as with most of my recent commissions were very flexible: "I'd like it to be abstract but also have the joy of creation, the beauty of a new life coming into being..." I chose the spiral (koru) shape to be the key design element which is based on the unfurling of a silver fern and symbolizes new life, growth, strength and peace - all that come with the creation of a new life. I knew that the recipients of the mosaic love yellow (optimism, renewal, hope, enlightenment, joy and happiness) and orange (energy, balance, enthusiasm, warmth, and vibrancy) - so that inspired the color palette. What makes this piece extra cool is that it seems to work in all directions.

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