Flowers Of Desire

#186 – Tuesday, April 28th

I’m an opportunistic gardener. My aesthetic is definitely on the wild side. So while I do plant, I also allow whatever sprouts a period of grace . . . then . . . impress me, or get the hook. It’s that time and I’m feeling spring-ish, thus a mashup of a few favorites from those wild, planted, and potted inhabitants coloring my garden.

and all my flowers

Thanks for reading.


The Path To Elemental, Blue Sky Forever

#110 – Tuesday April 23rd

A perfectly ordinary snapshot, taken during a recent backpacking trip in the Superstition Mountains. This particular rock outcrop provided much needed shelter from a monsoon storm during a prior excursion into the Superstitions, and on this day, blue sky forever, it seemed the equivalent of visiting an old and dear friend.


I’ve always enjoyed rambling about the out-of-doors, but I’m drawn to the desert by some undeniable magnetic attraction, and as this affliction has come to dominate  my work, I rely on these photo vignettes to offer a spring-board toward a different kind of exploration. 3

It’s been a banner year for wild flowers, the landscape bursting with color, and while much of my work over the past year has mirrored this explosion of hues, at the moment I have an overpowering wish to capture  the  elemental and etherial  quality of these experiences.


Elemental. Black, totality of color. White, absence of color. A landscape of extremes. Etherial. The subtle, delicate and fragile tones of desert flora, reveled in the benevolent and often unforgiving light of the southwestern sun.


Thanks for reading.


In The Absence Of All Else

#107 – Tuesday April 2nd

It’s a banner season for wildflowers, making it very difficult to stay focused in the studio. I hear the call, go you foolish fellow, get outside NOW! So out I go. I spend the day wandering the mountains near by, or in the garden adding and subtracting, until well past sundown when the cool spring desert air demands more than a simple t-shirt. Oddly enough, once back in the studio and after being drenched in exploding brilliant color, the new canvasses are devoid of all but a smattering of pale reds and yellows.  So for this spring Tuesday it’s flowers, a garden construct, and the smattering of pale yellow.

Flowers Gone Wild

Garden Monument

detail with pale yellow

Thanks for reading.