Today’s painting is from a scene in Saguaro National Park east of Tucson Arizona. For all of you non-southwesterners the stick-like plant with the red flowers on top is an ocotillo. For most of the year the plant consists of a bunch of long thorny (what appear to be lifeless) sticks. For a few weeks of the spring the sticks sprout tiny leaves and a red flower forms on the top. After just a few weeks of this they go back to being “dead thorny sticks” again. The painting is done in oils on a 6″ x 6″ wood panel. Click on the image for a closer view.