Wildflower Wednesday: Some pages from my sketchbook

This month I’ve collected a few flowers and sketched them in my studio. Hope you enjoy!

Artist's studio table with some wildflowers and art supplies.

A view of my drawing table with a small bouquet of New Mexico wildflowers waiting to be sketched in watercolor.

Purple prairie clover blooms in June and July in New Mexico's high desert. Its scientific name is Dalea purpurea.

Finding the right mix of pink and purple to match the neon magenta color of purple prairie clover was a challenge!

 

A watercolor and colored pencil sketch of a Mexican Hat wildflower.

Ratibida columnifera is the scientific name for Mexican hat, a coneflower relative.

 

Wildflower Wednesday: A Very Small Array

Last winter’s snows coaxed a few extra wildflowers into bloom here in New Mexico. One dramatic little beauty is Oenothera caespitosa, or tufted evening primrose.

New Mexico wildflower the tufted evening primrose or stemless evening primrose, blooms in late April and May.

All hat and no body: Stemless evening primrose has dramatically large blossoms, but the plant’s stem and leaves are tiny.

The blossoms of this wildflower open in the early evening and can be spotted in the very early morning before they close under the hot midday sun of the desert.

New Mexico wildflower, the tufted evening primrose blooming in a dry and rocky pasture near Santa Fe, NM

Those bowl-like white flowers and prominent anthers attract butterflies and night-flying moths.

Doesn’t their shape remind you of another New Mexico landmark?

Only instead of receiving signals from the ether, the evening primrose is sending signals to pollinating moths and butterflies! 🙂

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Wildflower Wednesday: I got my eye on you

A 2-inch tall cactus growing by the side of a heavily used trail sprouts flower buds.

I spy with my little eye: This tiny cactus has 5 minute flower buds forming.

Two weeks ago, the Wrenaissance Man spotted this 2-inch tall cactus on the side of a neighborhood trail. Last Friday, we returned to check out its status. Thanks to recent snow and rain showers, there are now 5 itty-bitty flower buds waiting to bloom!

The great thing about walking with the Scottish terrorists every day is that I can scout out likely plants to paint, then return to photograph and/or sketch when the time is right. It helps to have the Wrenaissance Man’s sharper eyesight along for the scouting expedition!

Spring in New Mexico is a hidden season. With the exception of the spectacular white and pink blooms of the fruit trees planted by the early Spanish and Anglo pioneers, the landscape appears barren, wearing the same gray and brown as it did all winter. To discover spring, you must look closely at the ground around your feet. The early-flowering plants grow in tiny rosettes and clumps, huddled against the ground in tiny south-facing hollows for protection from the wind and increased moisture and solar warmth.

 Update:

Welcome to visitors from Gail Eichelberger’s Wildflower Wednesday link party! Be sure to check out the Clay and Limestone trio of pink phlox, cadmium yellow ragwort, and scarlet-yellow bi-colored columbine. That’s a bold palette!

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