Day 24: heading to sea

  HOORAY!  It’s the final 7 days/7 mosaics, and here we go. I thought in order to finish this challenge it would be fun to create a larger group of images that really say something about this amazing place where I live. If you have ever been to the Oregon coast (lucky you) you know …

Day 23: a runner’s birthday

  Day 23 came and I was traveling to Portland to deliver a top-secret birthday gift. I’m counting the upper left panel of this larger construction as Day 23 since it was difficult to get a mosaic done around the trip activities. This panel was actually completed in a single day this month (except grouting, …

Days 21 and 22: mosaics inspired by Stafford poetry

    These two place-portraits are inspired by the centennial of poet William Stafford’s birthday. I hope you will take a moment to read these short poems that inspired four of my mosaics in this challenge. The others are can be found on the previous post for days 19 and 20.   For Day 21, …

Days 19 and 20: Inspired by Stafford

  Coming close to the end of my summer flowers series, my mind was searching for the next mosaic subject. Friday just happened to be the 100th birthday celebration of legendary Oregon poet William Stafford, and I was tuned into a radio program on his life and work. I don’t normally read much poetry, but …

Days 17 & 18: Old garden favorites

  In all my years of gardening I had never grown scarlet runner beans. They are an old gardener’s favorite, one you read about in the English garden type books with cleomes and such lining the path of a thatched cottage. Then a couple years ago I came into some end-of-season bargain bean seeds. And …

Days 15 and 16: pretty in purple

I guess we all have our favorite colors, and if you are an artist they begin to emerge whether you like it or not. As a consequence of my fascination with plants and foliage, green has always been in first place. In this summer blooms series it may become apparent that purple in all forms …