As I have promised, here is the first photo of the New Orleans Collage. At this point, all the background has been added and I have already started a few details on the composition. This inicial part of the process takes longer as we have to do a lot of cutting and adjustments to reach a reasonable back basis to start adding more and more accents, until we can form a more realistic image.
To achieve this level, three weeks have gone by! At this point we have created lots of details by adding a variety of shapes and types of glass: stringers, frits, powders, slabs and enamels. These elements allowed us to reach a level of colorful texture bringing out dimension to the piece. As some of these element hang loose on the surface of the picture, we are ready to a first fire in order to fuse them together, have a realistic idea of where we are standing, and eventually add whatever may be missing to reach the final look desired. This photo was taken with the art already placed inside the kiln. It will be fired at 1485 degrees F.
After the first fire I could see what I have liked or not, and was able to start adding more colors/details to adjust the final composition to my standards. One last fire will come when I feel I have reached the "perfect" image of beautiful New Orleans!
An environmental artist