Gardenias in the Tropic of Capricorn 

Gardenias, 12×9″, watercolor, 2016 Walking here in Campinas, SP, Brasil, I’m occasionally stopped dead in  my tracks by the fragrance of the gardenias. The smell is for me euphoria. I just stand happy to be present in the joyous perfume forever. When I was a kid we had gardenias in the backyard that scented theContinue reading “Gardenias in the Tropic of Capricorn “

Sloppy Research in Marangá  

Cochlospermum gillvraei Benth., 8×8″, watercolor, 2016 http://www.dailypaintworks.com/buy/auction/624696 These seed pods grow on a tree, Bixaceae Cochlospermum gillivaei, a yellow flowered species common in Brasil, hailing from Australia. I haven’t determined its common name yet. Not being a botanist myself, I’ll offer the caveat that the above information might be wrong.When I see a plant thatContinue reading “Sloppy Research in Marangá  “

Mulheres do Trópico de Capricorn

Mulheres do Trópico de Capricorn, 12×9″, pastel The sunlight in the Tropic of Capricorn is blinding, saturating all it settles upon. There’s a lot of ambient environmental red and orange from the tawny clay earth to the baked tile roofs. Trees and plants scream green and yellow, the sky vibrates blue and indigo. It’s astoundinglyContinue reading “Mulheres do Trópico de Capricorn”

ARARIBA 

​ Arabiba, 12×9″, watercolor on 14O # Paper These winged seeds come from a tree which can grow to over 100 feet in height. In Brasil the tree is used extensively in reforestation projects, urban landscaping and for its ornamental wood. The yellow flowers become really large, 4-6″ whirly-gig units which are blown far and wide.Continue reading “ARARIBA “

Tamboril

Tamboril, 8×8″, watercolor on 140# HP paper The tamboil tree goes by many names, most of which are associated with its ear shaped seed pods. Scientifically it belongs to the Fabaceae family and is named Enterolobium contortisiliquum. They’re native to Brasil. They can reach 20-40 meters in height giving welcome shade. The wood is usedContinue reading “Tamboril”

Philodendron 

Philodendron, 12×9″, watercolor  on 140# HP paper  If you are a philodendron, the Tropic of Capricorn is where you want to live, not in the upper latitudes clinging to life in an office planter, overwatered, underfed, starved for daylight. Here the size and variety of this species is vast. Plants which are scrawny potted slipsContinue reading “Philodendron “

Tropical Depression

Tropical Depression, 20 x 14″, pastel in Arches 140# CP Being American, being of a nature that celebrates variety and a se la vie attitude towards  most  matters, I must admit that I had a real sense of depression and loss with regard to the  US election  results. I’ve been painting this since the day of theContinue reading “Tropical Depression”