Monday, December 1, 2008

"2 Peeks 4 U...!"

First,
a late afternoon peek at our little prickly pear
after basking herself in a balmy 70 degree sunlit backyard Sunday...
the shadows now becoming longer and the air cooler
as the sun begins to slip to the west beyond
the White Tank Mountains.
The faintest hint of a of breeze scents the air
with the fragrance of rosemary.
Strains of smooooth jazz on FM 95.5... KYOT...the "Coyote"...
serenade my brush as I paint...blissfully...
just knowing that a new season is upon us here in the desert.
And
a second "view" of her...now at "midnight"...
still holding on to the golden warmth and memories of yesterday,
and
anxiously awaiting this first day of December...
and the promise of the season to come.

A Bit of an Artist's Note:
The background for this piece is a monoprint
which I made in a workshop using pure pigment
on coated coverstock.
I then used various Daniel Smith watercolors
in dabs
to apply the colors of the prickly pear.
This was tricky
as the wetter the wash was the more it bubbled and slid
right off the surface of the paper.
If you look closely you will see applying the paint in dabs of
purer color seemed to work best.
...Live and Learn...as "they" say! LOL :)

Happy "December 1st Cactus Monday " All!

"How did it get so late so soon?
Its night before its afternoon.
December is here before its June.
My goodness how the time has flewn.
How did it get so late so soon?"
~Dr. Seuss

13 comments:

Rick said...

I love you art. I like Arizona too. A very inspiring place to live.

The Seuss quote was classic.

soulbrush said...

beee-oooo-ti----ful illo cactuteer. i am so glad you joined our weekly 'club'. you give it a lotta 'class'! hcm!

Lisa at Greenbow said...

Happy Cactus Monday Margaret. Love the colors no matter how you got them on the paper.

marianne said...

Wonderful cactus Margaret! Lovely colors!
Also the midnight version!
Happy Cactus Monday to you!

Stapeliad said...

You are amazing with those watercolors. i love how they glow.

Happy Cactus Monday!

Sandy said...

I love it when you use those colors. Beautiful...

Sandy said...

I love it when you use those colors. Beautiful...

rrARTz said...

i absolutely LOVE those colors!

Ann said...

As I sit here watching the snow fall and thinking about how slick our hill is to drive down your colorful cactus warms me right up!

Julie said...

That is a neat process by which you get such a lovely look! Your posts are always a treat for sore eyes after standing up all day at work! Happy CM!
Julie

MuseSwings said...

Beautiful! Your colors and words are wonderfully poetic. I love the night cactus!

Serena said...

I love the prickly pear cactus....a beautiful rendering, Margaret!

clare said...

Beautiful colours Margaret. Fab Seuss Quote.