Quite Clearly Ocean

Quite Clearly Ocean, 10" diameter, by Diana Maus

How inappropriate to call this planet Earth when it is quite clearly Ocean.
Arthur C. Clarke

I feel like I have woken up from winter and, while I’m not over the loss of last year (there were many losses in fact), I am feeling encouraged. This year has started off well business-wise and a new client heaped this wonderful commission on me. I think it reset my brain. If only I could focus like that all the time. There are so many things I would like to do. I keep wondering if I have ADD but it’s more likely that this tech-filled life has addled my brain. My attention span is spastic. It’s not that I can’t concentrate, because I will stray into a subject on the computer and not come out for hours. It’s that I can’t prioritize, or I can’t (after making my to-do list) focus. I know what’s most important but am easily lured away. I am just like I was in grade school, easily distracted from the task at hand, and way more interested in other people than I am in doing any work. I crave people. Always have.

That’s why I love beading these mosaics. When I am working, I am in the moment and completely happy. That brings me to my latest work…

I just finished a commissioned mosaic for a wonderful client in the Pacific Northwest. This is an elaboration of an earlier 4″ piece, “I Dropped a Tear in the Ocean”. This one is 10″ in diameter and was such a complete joy to create that I could barely stand to send it away when it was finished.

For reference, I studied photos of Pacific Ocean waves breaking off the Oregon coast — such amazing colors and textures in the waves.

Some day I will live near this majestic mother, the Pacific Ocean. Until then, I will long for her.

Here are some more quotations about this dear expanse:

Blue, green, grey, white, or black; smooth, ruffled, or mountainous; that ocean is not silent.
H. P. Lovecraft

But more wonderful than the lore of old men and the lore of books is the secret lore of ocean.
H. P. Lovecraft

Can ye fathom the ocean, dark and deep, where the mighty waves and the grandeur sweep?
Fanny Crosby

Every drop in the ocean counts.
Yoko Ono

I don’t know if you can change things, but it’s a drop in the ocean.
Julie Walters

A woman’s heart is a deep ocean of secrets.
Gloria Stuart

I dropped a tear in the ocean.  The day you find it is the day I will stop missing you.  ~Author Unknown

16 thoughts on “Quite Clearly Ocean

  1. Oh… interesting interpretation Carl, thanks, I didn’t see that. The double wave in this design represents two people—one gone, one left. A tear drops in the ocean yet there is joy in life. To me, it’s both sad and marvelous, like life.

  2. Oh it is exquisite. I can completely understand your reluctance to send it away. Love, love the ocean quotes. They go straight to my heart.

  3. Hi Silva, thanks for your comment. Are you on Flickr? I did see you at Mosaic Road. Let me know if you are. There is a large group of mosaic artists there.

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