Monday, May 4, 2009

The Mohave Indigo Bush


8 pm, 76 degrees F. It has been warm and windy the past few days. Some of the new plants I recently transplanted in our yard are suffering from the drying winds. I just hope they make it! I hope to have some front yard photos soon. I keep thinking the yard isn't ready to be photographed yet, but maybe you would like to see the work in progress. I am finding that gardening in the desert offers a set of challenges that are new to me. I am making an effort to chose native or at least drought tolerant plants as much as possible.

Just this past week, the Mohave Indigo Bush (psorothamnus arborescens) began to bloom. I would love to have this bush in my yard, but so far I have yet to see it for sale anywhere. Maybe I can keep an eye out for seeds in the fall.

I have managed to carve out a tiny bit of studio time. Not nearly as much as I would like, but better than nothing. Here is one of the new paintings. This is oil, paper and window screen on canvas, and it measures 12 x 24 x 3 inches. I'm still thinking of a title, and I am not quite sure if it is finished yet, but here it is, regardless.

4 comments:

Robyn said...

Gorgious oils that you are doing, Karine! Loving the desert flowers. The flowering cactus in an earlier post is so exquisite. As for dear Tortoise.....such a quaint old chap....I havn't seen one in years.

pRiyA said...

Beautiful! To both...

lee said...

loving your work, and of course the tortoise.

bindu said...

The indigo bush flower is so pretty! It's golden center is striking. Nice painting too.