Monday, March 11, 2019
Spring in the Desert
Last week we went on a lovely wildflower adventure to Organ Pipe National Monument with a group from Tohono Chul Park. We had a lovely time with many stops on the way in order to observe and learn about all the plants which are beginning to blossom now that it is spring in the desert. Our leader was a very knowledgable woman who has written several books on plants and birds of the Southwest.
I tried to remember every plant we saw but there were so many, I lost track. I did however take some cuttings back to my studio in order to make mono prints from them.
The plant above is called Bladderpod. It makes for an interesting print. At least I think so. Not all plants make good prints but I am learning so many new plants and the experiments are never ending.
The colors I have used here are Burnt Sienna and Paynes gray open acrylics. I get such a nice print with the open acrylics. Very different than the regular fluid acrylics.
We had such a nice time that we signed up for a birding trip in April. The same woman will be our guide so I am really looking forward to that!