Final mosaic work I: Asaraton

That was a pretty turbulent last week: during 5 days we selected material, cut and glued. The time flew by during our opus vermiculatum challenge. Copying an ancient mosaic under pressure is not easy. At the end some nerves were pretty bare. And one or the other  placed the final tessera in the very last minute.

I very much enjoyed choosing the right material for the carnagioni – the skin colors – and the shimmering surface of the sea bream to create a nice sfumatura – color gradient. Although some findings, especially the blues, were crumbly as sugar cubes.

What can I say? Unfortunately, (like most of the class) I didn’t manage to finish the work. There is missing a part of the background and the apple. But at least, I’ll have time to complete the mosaic in peace and make a really nice job of it. And I am looking forward to the final result. Since I will leave Spilimbergo on Tuesday to go home to Germany, I hope I can return once again to school to lay the last tesserae. Otherwise, the Asaraton will have to wait until September to see its completion.

With the end of last week also the first year of my formation here in Spilimbergo has passed. A year full of impressions, new skills and nice encounters. On Friday it was time to say goodbye to teachers and classmates. Some students will not continue the training. But most of them will return and I’ll see them in late September. And I am already looking forward to the known and the unknown faces.

Until then, I have almost four months of free time. And I want to fill them with the best possible practical experience. A few projects are already fixed. Of course, I will report on the blog about it!

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