Ocotillo

Ocotillos, indigenous to the Sonoran Desert in Arizona and Mexico, are a plant with long, spiny leafed stems bearing flags of densely packed orange to red flowers at their tips. Their branches grow to 15-20 ft. high in tight clusters. Have you ever seen one? https://www.dailypaintworks.com/buy/auction/1066090

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

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

Bees and San Pedro Cactus

I was delighted to come across this scene while walking, bees and cacti interacting. Both are topics I really like to portray, I am fascinated by the shapes and geometries of both. I love botanical paintings. $60 USD, $5 to ship https://www.dailypaintworks.com/fineart/jean-krueger/san-pedro-cactus/715272

Amaryllis

I’m going to paint my amaryllis bullb as it emerges over the next month or so. I’ve planted it an a container and it sits outside on the Arizona patio. Amaryllis are hardy in the ground to US Zone 8. Arizona temperatures can dip to below 40F where we live during the winter so I mayContinue reading “Amaryllis”

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”

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”