I don't know if Joshua Tree Rocks! is a phrase that would be understood a hundred years from now -- the whole double entendre thing -- but it's the title of my latest painting!
|Joshua Tree Rocks! 16" x 20" / 41cm x 51cm|
The title refers to a site located in Joshua Tree National Park in California, USA and the many collections of monzogranite rock formations arising out of the otherwise flat earth. Joshua trees, the Park's namesake, are scattered about, and following winter rains, the place gets wildflowers like these in April or May.
Admittedly, I've never seen many flowers in this particular place. Nearby, yes, but not here. Also, the yellow-flowered shrubs, goldenbush, were once plentiful, but most of them seem to have disappeared even after heavy winter rains. I think the ongoing drought has forced many of them to die, which is unfortunate.
I painted the scene to make the rock formation the center of interest. We artists know how to do things like that, y'know! 😀
In the end, I wanted a beautiful, warm (but not hot) view of a place I love. Enjoy your mini-vacation!
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