Salsa and tulips

This week the weather has shifted from remarkably sunny to the usual January showers. Never thought I would admit it, but I’m kind of glad to see the rain returning. The plants need all they can get in winter, the salmon near our house need it to move upstream, and it makes me happier to be indoors.

Which is where a new collection of mosaic tiles is taking shape, and where my thoughts have been lately. Titled ‘Making Salsa’ this group reflects on one of my favorite late-summer chores, putting up produce. So far, I have “grown” the tomatoes, “dried” the peppers, and “cooked up” a batch for canning. One more to go, I need to backtrack to “harvest” the onions and garlic. I think this group is a good example of how detailed glass mosaic can be a great medium for illustration.

And this week I received word that one of my creations will be included at the Woodburn Company Stores Spring Fashion Frenzy, a benefit for 8 great charities like Guide Dogs for the Blind. There are many other worthy organizations benefiting, but my older sister has been raising puppies for Guide Dogs for years so their work is special to our family. If you are in the Woodburn (near Salem OR) area on March 30, join in the fun and enter to win one of my mosaics. In keeping with their theme, I will just say it’s likely to feature tulips. Stay tuned…