The First Seven Days

Posted on Sep 7, 2015

This time around the 30 Mosaics in 30 Days challenge seems a little less daunting, and I planned ahead. With a roadmap and some sense of the rhythm needed to get through all 30 days, the exercise is proceeding more smoothly than I guessed. 

It’s a joy to spend some focused time on plants again. I decided to simplify the background choice and unify the group with a shared material for the tesserae, using thinly sliced stone named “Iron Mountain.” This stone comes from the Northwest just like the plant portraits it frames here, rescued from scraps of my flagstone patio.

So here are my first seven days, posted with a bit of delay due to travel and work. It seems apropos that I would get my task done on Labor Day.

Hairy Manzanita mosaic by Joanne Daschel

Day 1: Hairy Manzanita, Arctostaphylus columbiana

Vine Maple mosaic by Joanne Daschel

Day 2 – Acer circinatum Vine Maple

Western Hemlock mosaic by Joanne Daschel

Day 3 – Tsuga heterophylla Western Hemlock

Grand Fir mosaic by Joanne Daschel

Day 4 – Abies grandis, Grand Fir

Oceanspray mosaic by Joanne Daschel

Day 5 – Holodiscus discolor, Oceanspray

Pacific Waxmyrtle

Day 6: Pacific Waxmyrtle, Myrica californica

Red Elderberry mosaic by Joanne Daschel

Day 7- Sambucus racemosa, Red Elderberry