Eastern White Pine Cone – Pinus strobus

I really like pine cones, there’s such variety across the various species. I like these for the shape of their seed scales, a wonderful drop-like curve. https://www.dailypaintworks.com/buy/auction/1020063

Pinus arizonica

I just got this new set of gouche tubes, such a difference from watercolor, different application techniques different look, real exciting to use. Using real not gouache, not the acrylic/gouache (I don’t like these-can’t re-work). https://www.dailypaintworks.com/buy/auction/1005782

Caesalpinia pulcherrima – Mexican Bird of Paradise

It’s October in Arizona and the Mexican Bird of Paradise is in one of its full blooms. The shrub flowers several time during a single year and is always showy and dramatic with its red/orange blossoms and its complimentary blue/turquoise foliage. The frilly detail of this plant is captivating to the eye. it’s always visually in motion,Continue reading “Caesalpinia pulcherrima – Mexican Bird of Paradise”

Echinopsis chiloensis – Hedgehog Cactus

The cactus grows not far from the house in Arizona. The media, casein is new to me. Totally opaque, it’s quite different from the watercolor with which I’m familiar. It’s like gouache. a lot easier than watercolor, it has a very different look and feel, very graphic an illustrative, less touchy feely.  https://www.dailypaintworks.com/buy/auction/1004456

Gambel Oak – Quercus gambelii

The oaks are  starting to change colors here in the Colorado montane. The colors will be in the yellow/brown range this year due to the conditions that prevailed around here last summer. The leaves will fall by November and re-emerge next May, one of life’s comforting certainties. https://www.dailypaintworks.com/buy/auction/1001229

Wild Apples

There’s and old, old apple tree at the Comanche Venable trailhead in Colorado. No one tends it now but the browsing deer. It’s grown scraggely and wide as the years pass. In spring its whitepink blooms billow in the montane sun. By September the fruit finally ripens to a sour, wormy greenred, hard and plump, abundantContinue reading “Wild Apples”

Colorado Blue Spruce – Pinus pungens

Colorado Blue Spruce thrives in the Colorado montane where we spend summers. The tree is making a comeback after having been severely attacked by a beetle that plagued the species ten or more years ago. They grow tall an thick, their neighbors are the ponderosa and fir trees in the area in which we live. Their foliageContinue reading “Colorado Blue Spruce – Pinus pungens”