Buckthorn Cholla

The Buckthorn Cactus, botanically known as Cylindropuntia acanthocarpia, is a native of the Sonoran Desert. It’s flowers are yellow or red with shades in between that bloom in spring. The cane-like stalks are covered with thorns and grow in tangled clumps in dry, arid landscape. The flowers are quite showy and bees love ’em.

Desert Life

We go for walks in the desert. Now that spring is warming everything up, all types of desert inhabitants start to appear. Heat loving cactus are blooming, cold-blooded lizards bask in the sun and rabbits forage fallen seeds. I love the desert.

Sea Holly – Aryngium planar

A couple months ago, I got a bunch of Sea Holly from Trader Joe’s with the intention of painting the whole thing. Time went by, the flowers dried, wilted and I threw them out, saving this one blossom to paint. Here it is, still thistley blue, green and grey. I planted these in the yardContinue reading “Sea Holly – Aryngium planar”

Field of Chollas

Chollas are botanically in the subfamily of Opuntioideae, the same family which includes cactus’s with broad, flat leaves. The leaves of the Cholla are round-ish and really spiny. They quickly become stuck to any object that comes close to it. Their spines hurt and aren’t easy to remove once impaled in either fabric, fur orContinue reading “Field of Chollas”

Allium ampeloprasum – Elephant Garlic

The genus Allium is a fabulous species. It includes the garlics, notably the Elephant Garlic as celebrated by this painting. When in bloom they are showy beyond words, when roasted with olive oil and on sour dough, well, you’d think you’d died and gone to heaven. Enjoy! https://www.dailypaintworks.com/buy/auction/1148690

Sugar Pine Cone – Pinus lambertiana

Drawn to scale, the cone of the Sugar Pine shown here is in the medium range in size. These cones can grow to over two feet in length. They are superb in their symetry and the rythmic spiraling of their woody scales. https://www.dailypaintworks.com/buy/auction/1029498

Butter and Eggs – Linaria vulgaris

Victor alla Prima, sold. Butter and Eggs was painted on site in Victor, CO. It’s a snap-drangonish perennial that stands 18-24″ and seems to love poor soil. It is delicat and detailed. https://www.dailypaintworks.com/fineart/jean-krueger/butter-and-eggs/778422