Aloes

Aloes abound at the Desert Botanical Garden, Some small and some that tower overhead. They lift and spread in serpentine waves crowned in the spring with orange yellow red spike of blooms. Come to the garden! https://www.dailypaintworks.com/buy/auction/956727

Aloe Vera

I’m trying a small Qor brand travel set of paints, 12 different pigments in a small metal case. The colors are really saturated and spring to life when water is applied to them, they have tremendous flow. This was painted at the Phoenix Desert Botanical Garden en plein air. $20. USA, $4. shipping https://www.dailypaintworks.com/fineart/jean-krueger/aloe-vera/712440

Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera, Pastel on Paper, 14×11″, 2018, copyrighted with all rights reserved by Jean Krueger This plant is found at the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix, Arizona. I’ll add the the botanic information as soon as I can, probably after a trip to the Garden itself. I was attracted by the red-yellow blooms supported onContinue reading “Aloe Vera”

Arizona Pine Cone

Arizona Pine Cone, watercolor on paper, 8×6″, 2018, copyrighted with all rights reserved by Jean Krueger I picked up this pinecone while walking past a golf course in my neighborhood. The tree that grows is over 60 years old and is quite tall. The needles on the tree are 4-5″ long. $21. USD, $4. shippingContinue reading “Arizona Pine Cone”

Pumpkinseed

Pumpkinseed, watercolor, 2018, 6×8″, copyrighted with all rights reserved by Jean Krueger These North American natives are commonly called Pumpkinseeds because of the black flap at the edge of their gills.Lepomis gibbosus is included in the common sunfish family (Centrarchidae). They can grow quite large for a smallish fish (i.e. over 9″) but most that I’ve seenContinue reading “Pumpkinseed”

Agave in the Shade

Agave in the Shade, 2018, Watercolor, 8×8″, copyrighted with all rights reserved by Jean Krueger There are over 200 species of agaves and I have no idea which this is. If it happens to be a blue or tequilana agave, tequila can be made from it. The Agave is part of the genus Yucca. $15Continue reading “Agave in the Shade”

Arizona Bird of Paradise – caesalpinia pulcherrima

Arizona Bird of Paradise – caesalpinia pulcherrima, 2018, Soft Pastel on Board, 10×8″, copyrighted with all rights reserved by Jean Krueger The Arizona Bird of Paradise (caesalpinia pulcherrima) is a member of the Fabaceae (pea) family. Where we stay they are trimmed into medium height shrubs but they can grow to small tree proportions. TheyContinue reading “Arizona Bird of Paradise – caesalpinia pulcherrima”