Turkeys in the Flint Hills

January 17, 2018

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Turkeys in the Flint Hills

  • 20” x 25”
  • Pastels on paper
  • $400 unframed, $550 framed

A magnificent bird in the wild. I can hear them nested high in trees when walking through a forest at night. Domestically raised turkeys have given rise to the moniker “turkey”. A friend raised genetically modified chickens meant to gain finish weight in 9 weeks. She said they would drown in a rainstorm. Domestic turkeys seem to have similar mental capacity. A film called “My Life as a Turkey” tells the story of Joe Hutto raising a group of wild hatchlings to adult turkeys. It’s a must see.

Dashiell

January 17, 2018

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Dashiell

  • 18” x 18”, approximate
  • Conte on paper
  • Private Collection

Dashiell’s namesake may or may not be the mystery writer, Mr. Hammett, but that’s what inspired Dash’s portrait. This noir drawing shows the subject dressed as a detective, the Sandia Mountains backlit by the rising moon which also lights the Rio Grande River as it flows past the playset. There’s a story in this somewhere. Maybe Dashiell will write it in a few years.

Glorious Moonflowers

September 17, 2014

??????????????????????

Moonflowers

  • Pastels on Black Paper
  • 25″ x 20″

Moonflowers are a favorite. I planted them around giant Russian sunflowers. The sunflowers heads are now drying, their stalks supporting the vining moonflowers. Transient and fragile, the blossoms develop over several days, appearing as spiraling cones. Unfurling after sunset, the delicately  petaled blossom is supported by the star shaped spine, which is as delicate as the petal. The flowers spread open through the night and, if we’re lucky, for a few hours in the morning.

I started this pastel as a meditative drawing outside, but finished it at my drawing table.