Saturday, December 21, 2013

ART CONTESTS

I recently won "FINALIST" in the RayMar Fine Art Contest 2 months in a row.
click to see NOVEMBER 24X36
OCTOBER 9X12
      Starting in August I also placed as a "FINALIST" 4 months in a row in the DAILY PAINTWORKS CONTEST and I am the judge this month, December. 

click AUGUST  6X6
SEPTEMBER 48X60
OCTOBER  (same painting that won above)
NOVEMBER 60X48

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

TAMARISK BUSH

8x10
     
What is tamarisk?
Tamarisk (also known as salt cedar) is a deciduous shrub or small tree from Eurasia. Tamarisk can grow as high as 25 feet tall. The bark on saplings and young branches is purplish or reddish-brown. Leaves are scale-like, alternate, with salt-secreting glands. Flowers are small and the petals are reddish, pinkish, or white. Each plant can produce as many as 500,000 seeds annually. The seeds are dispersed by wind, water, and animals. Seeds are small with a tuft of hair attached to one end enabling them to float long distances by wind and water. Seeds are short-lived and can germinate within 24 hours after dispersal, sometimes while still floating on the water.

How did it get here?
Eight species of Tamarisk were first brought to North America in the 1800s from Southern Europe or the eastern Mediterranean region (DiTomaso 1998). The species were first planted as ornamentals and later as windbreaks, and to stabilize river banks. Tamarix species escaped cultivation and are now widespread throughout the United States, with heavier concentrations in the Southwest.


Monday, November 18, 2013

SAGUARO BLUFF

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     This spot is about a half mile down the river bed where the coyote stand and lookout over the valley.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

DESERT RIVER BED

8X10
     This  is a view of the river bed where I hit my golf balls. After the spring floods there is a small creek like flow in the lower part of the painting where the  water runs for weeks afterwards.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

BLUE WINDOW

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      This is the garden shed in my yard. The blue window grabbed my attention. There was a lot of sunlight bouncing around playing with the shadows on this one.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

LAST OF THE FLOODS

8x10
     This was the last bit of water remaining from the summer floods in the river. A couple years ago the water got up to 35 feet deep in places, washed out part of a RV Park. The river remains dried up for  most of  the winter, making it a good golf driving range.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

SUNSET SAGE


8x10

   This is the second in a series I'm going to do on locations within walking distance of my studio here in Black Canyon City, Arizona. My studio is on a cliff looking out over a river valley that my dogs and I hike every day. This was done just  before the sun went down behind the distant mountains. I was sitting down amongst all this sage brush with the sun lighting up the tops and creating shadows down deep.