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Done! Finished!  They say only the painter can tell when a painting is finished … well … for me that moment occurs when I am heartily sick of looking at the #*%$* painting.   So here they are.

California Buckeye Tree

California Buckeye Tree

D.L. and I scouted up and down a remote country road in order to find the California Buckeye Tree … pinched off some leaves which were rapidly turning brown and beginning to drop. This native tree has a clever strategy to defeat the dry, dry summer. When the hills become parched in June or July it drops all of its leaves and concentrates of developing its seed pod. The crispy leaves are graham-cracker colored – the seed pods are enclosed in a leathery yellowish covering which splits as the summer progresses and releases the glossy orange/brown seeds. The seeds are spectacular !

Iridescent Beetles

Iridescent Beetles

Painting 2 is a fantasy of the iridescent beetles emerging from a pot … a sort-of still life with drapes and two umbrellas.

Foothill Reeds

Foothill Reeds

Painting 3 is a flowering reed which grows around ponds in the California foothills. In order to see the blossoms you must kneel in the soggy soil and look close … and it must be in the two weeks the reeds put out their peculiar flowers.

O.K. ….Tha … that’s all for now folks! … as my favorite roadrunner says.

 

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1975  Death Valley, California : SPRING

While driving thru a barren desert I glimpsed a red band circling around a hill.
I stopped, got out, and walked a quarter-mile to the base of the hill.
What could that red stripe be ?

Cavorting Beetles, Etching 8"x10"

Cavorting Beetles, Etching 8″x10″

It was a pile of red beetles … 2 or 3 deep …
too wide to step over … too wide to jump over …
Reddish orange with a black edge and each one inch long …
each individual struggling to reproduce the species.

Shining in the sun … copulating …
Why was this strip of land their chosen place to gather ?

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