The New Pique Assiette Mosaic Buddha Shrine Part 4 – The Search for Serenity

What is it about this little shrine that makes me think that it is becoming a string of problems, one thing after another? Why does it seem like every dish I planned to use on it is either wrong or I don’t have enough of it? Decisions I make and try out, turn out to look all wrong. Frustration is becoming a constant visitor.

Oh, of course, here’s me trying to be as serene as the Buddha, but I can’t.  No, it’s not going to happen. No serenity here today. Ok, Helen, Breathe.

I started on the back of the shrine the other day. I thought OK this lovely little plate and this lovely little edge will be perfect. And that part of it is. I’m happy, I’m serene, even, with that. But then I needed to fill in the space. First I just was going to do a mixture of turquoise, bright green (the same plate as the lily leaves on the front) and yellow. This would be picking up the colors in the pattern on the central area. Then I got the bright idea of having a starburst in yellow and then filling in the spaces with greens.

detail, progress on back, Buddha Shrine by Helen Bushell, summerhouseart.com

Well, after spending almost a whole afternoon at it and then looking at it again the next day, I decided it didn’t work. Too bright, too whatever, at any rate, I removed it.

Since then I’ve been checking out thrift store dishes every chance I get and nothing, nada, I haven’t found anything that is just right….yet.

Ok never mind, I said to myself. Work on the front.
First, I needed to make a little stand for the teacup that I plan to use for a tea light holder. Will, thank goodness, found the perfect solution, a little piece of dowel, now covered in gold tile.

Buddha Shrine by Helen Bushell, summerhouseart.com

As you know, I’ve been looking for more of that lovely dark green malachite looking plate. Again, no luck. I used almost every little scrap of the dark green plate to finish the pond. I wanted to rim the pond with it too. So, ever the problem solver, I decided to go with using my tiny cache of gold tiles to rim the pond.

detail, progress, Buddha Shrine by Helen Bushell, summerhouseart.com

Each little piece of gold had to be cut from an inch square tile, and individually glued on. At last, something that just required some time doing tedious, repetitious work. Strangely, this became an exercise in becoming calm, focusing and patiently working.

detail, progress, Buddha Shrine by Helen Bushell, summerhouseart.com

Last night, after I glued on the last tiny little bit, I stood back and enjoyed the almost finished front.

But then today, out on my walk, I quickly nipped into the thrift store across the street, looking for the perfect plates to finish the back. Again, no success. OK Helen, Breathe, Relax and Know that you will find the perfect plates yet. They are just still on their way. Be Serene.

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5 thoughts on “The New Pique Assiette Mosaic Buddha Shrine Part 4 – The Search for Serenity

  1. Silva says:

    I can identify – the tiny little cache of gold tile, looking for just the right plate, all that . . . I really like your work. This piece is just right. Lovely.

  2. Helen says:

    Hi Silva, Great to hear from a fellow mosaic artist! And yes, I’m sure you can identify with the search for the perfect piece. Had a look at your blog… Love the guitar! Wonderful work and I must look into working with stained glass too.

  3. mary-lou says:

    “Serenity is not freedom from the storm, but peace amid the storm” so someone said… so you can translate storm to frustration and if you can find peace in those moments than let me know!

    Nice work Helen!

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