The Smallest Things and Slow It Goes

#217 – July, 2016

The defining plant of the Sonoran desert is none other than the majestic Carnegiea Gigantea Cactus, better known as the Saguaro. A seed propagated plant, the flowers of a  Saguaro are mainly pollinated by the Lesser Long-nose Bat, producing a ruby-red fruit. After ripening, having offered its seeded bounty to the capriciousness of the desert environment, these amazingly brilliant remnants litter the ground.

Saguaro fruit

It goes slow. It is almost imperceptible. This line. Grey to blue, wanting to pull into awareness these nestled shapes. I was beginning to wonder if the time spent was an exercise in procrastination. But it’s a hundred and ten outside, so slow it goes and well worth the effort.

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Speaking of summertime, the desert sun is playing havoc with a few tender gardening endeavors requiring a shade cloth engineering project. Here, a self portrait with one of the failed attempts at protection.

shade cloth charles

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Top Of The World and Into The Blue with Six Tulips

#216 – June 2016

Top Of The World.  Its name adopted from a 1920’s dance hall situated on the road that became US 60, the highway that now connects Superior and Miami Arizona.  A short five miles away, Mountain Breeze Memorial Gardens Cemetery.  Jeff’s Jerky Stand was on my left. Mountain Breeze was on my right.)

Top Of The World, AZ

Continuing on US 60 toward our destination, the Blue Range Wilderness Area. These images are from the section between Show Low and Springerville.  The upper landscape  was on my left, the bottom on my right.

on to the blue

Into the Blue.


Six tulips for Donna. (from Molly)

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Back to the studio . . .







praire waterfall


 A process of accumulation, excavating, and telling time.

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Into The Weeds

#215 Tuesday – May 3rd, 2016

It’s a mishmash. I’ve been all over the place. It’s into the weeds and this is what I’ve came out with.

A troubled canvas unlocked by an Acacia Tree flowering.

everything - nothing

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A found still life. Sliced pear in the refrigerator.

Refigerator Pear

Raoul De Keyser paintings at David Zwirner Gallery

Raoul De Keyser

Looking East. Looking West. Loop 101, Scottsdale.

east west 101 b2

A temporary structure from the garden.

temporary structure

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