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  “

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 “

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”

Tropical Sun and Shade

Tropical  Sun and Shade, 140# h0t press watercolor paper A couple years ago when I decided to paint with watercolors I found a book by Tom Hoffaman, Watercolor Painting, 2012, http://hoffmannwatercolors.com. I got a digital copy of it and refer to it frequently. Tom put out a post today about his upcoming teaching schedule for this andContinue reading “Tropical Sun and Shade”

Humidity and the Tropic of Capricorn

Humidity is often high along the imaginary circular line which is the Tropic of Capricorn . As I write it is  86% humidity  in Campinas, Brazil. In Phoenix,  AZ, where I was a week ago humidity is just 27%. Why should I notice or care about the difference? I notice and care because the paperContinue reading “Humidity and the Tropic of Capricorn”