These mosaics of desert plants were created in January 2014 during my 30 Mosaics in 30 Days challenge. Read more about the challenge here. Each stained-glass mosaic is on a 6″ porcelain tile substrate.
The smooth, succulent texture of agave leaves contrasts with the scalloped, spiny margins. A spiny Golden Barrel Cactus is backlit by the waning winter sun. Prickly pear leaves remind me of the quilts we used to make with my mom and grandma. This is a little study of their texture, getting ready to bloom. The saguaro cactus mosaic was inspired by a trip to South Mountain park in Phoenix AZ. Flame-colored flowers top a spiky planting of aloe in the Desert Botanical Garden, casting long winter shadows.