Inner Light

There’s exquisite beauty in agaves that are giving way to their off-spring

There’s something fascinating about how cactus age. For this agave, its ability to sustain upright leaves is fading. The cat’s claw imprints that outer leaves emboss on inner leaves have started to fade. The base of the leaves start to crumple but glow with rich colors of pinks and gold. young plants “pup” from the parent and pop up several feet away.

Water color, 9″ x 12″. Cold pressed Arches paper

Tohono Chul

A former private home and grounds donated to the community by DIck and Jean Wilson

watercolor image of a shady garden courtyard with the corner of a white adobe building on the left. Red stairs lead up to a hidden entrance to the building. An open gate on the right invites exploration

Recently a friend and I visited the wonderful Tohono Chul botanical garden for an afternoon of plein air painting. The grounds and buildings were donated to the community by the former owners. I can only imagine that this courtyard would have been a favorite sitting place to savor the coolness offered by the shade of the trees. A private space, perhaps shared with family and friends.

Spectral Fantasy

Sightless, the desert watches and waits

A 3D small sculpture (5.5"x4"x4")
using a cholla branch skeleton that looks like a reptilian skull. Colored and turned eyeballs are inserted into natural hollows

Dead cholla branches are fairly easily found in the desert. Most of the time I leave them alone, but occasionally small pieces shout out.

“Spectral Fantasy,
Lying in the sand….watching,
Without eyes, waiting”

No living animal was sacrificed in the creation of this trophy.

Cholla, Maple and Walnut; water-based aniline dyes and india ink.
H=5.5″ x 4″x 4″