Monday, February 25, 2008

Two new paintings and more Joshua Tree Blooms


I have been tromping all over the desert, in pursuit of a Joshua Tree that is actually blooming. However, it seems we must wait a little longer, my dear blog friends. None of them are QUITE READY yet. I did get some really nice close up shots today, where the buds were actually at eye level. (I am only 5'3", so that is really saying something!). I will have to remember where I found these, so when the flowers start to pop open, I can get more good close ups like this. I think these buds are cool looking already. I have no idea what to expect once they bloom. You can see that this second one is not nearly as close to blooming as the first one. I think in this earlier stage, they really remind me of the protea. (one of my favorite flowers!)

I did paint all weekend, pretty much. I had hoped to finish more paintings than I did. I don't know why it's going so slowly. I did finish two smaller ones, and I am happy with them both. These are flowers, well, they are abstracted. Or should I say I invented them. Yes, that is more accurate. I invented them, but to me they are flowers! I have titled them "Desert Bloom I and II". These are both oil on canvas, measuring 12 x 12 x 2.5". The edges are painted too, and so when they are dry, I will try to remember to photograph the edges.


I don't have much else to tell you. I have been fighting off a cold all weekend. I still haven't gotten sick, but I find that I tire easily, and so I am trying to sleep more and take lots of vitamin C. I swear I will post more when I don't feel so pooped!

12 comments:

Abby Creek Art said...

I'm feeling like you lately...too pooped to participate!

I really like your new floral work, Karine...especially the first one with the addition of the lines at the top. xox!

Melissa & Emmitt said...

Hi Karine!
Oh! I LOVE your new flower paintings! They are wonderful! So full of life and remind me of spring. I hope you just fight off the rest of that cold. I am excited to see the flowers bloom! Thank you for sharing them!
Melissa

Field Notes said...

I had no idea Joshua trees flowered. That just makes them even more neat in my book. The Joshua Tree National Park is definitely on my must see list. Are there other places to see them in the southwest?

kate said...

The Joshua trees are amazing - they remind me of huge hyacinths in their shape. They are really cool - thank you for posting these!

I like your paintings, especially the first one with the darker rust ... and the deeper blue streak in the sky.

Please take care and keep fighting off that cold!

A big hi to Pono!

Natalie -- NKP Designs said...

Those Joshua Trees are beautiful!

Callooh Callay said...

Karine, I love the way you combine photos, artwork, and stories of your day to day. Very fun blog.

High Desert Diva said...

I didn't realize Joshua trees bloomed either.

I live in Central Oregon's high desert....looks a little different than yours!

lee said...

I can hardly wait to see what those trees produce.....Love the paintings

Carla Sonheim said...

Great imaginary flowers!

priya said...

karine, you've been tagged by me!
now you've gotta say seven things about yourself on your blog... ;-)

Anonymous said...

Trying again! Hope you feel better. this is a lively and active blog, how nice to see all the comments. I love the Joshua Tree blooms as well and see them on the highway to Saltillo from SA. Susie from ABP

Anke said...

Oh what a great flower invention! Love them! Hope your cold is over soon, no fun! The fotos are great too, wow what a beautiful blue sky, you will never have such a blue sky in Germany.....looking forward to see the blooming...thanks for sharing!
Wish you a great weekend, smiles, Anke ;)