These dramatic yucca seedpods are a sample of the wildflowers and nature photos I’m posting on Instagram @NewMexicoWildflowers
This summer I’ve started posting at Instagram. The topic matter is New Mexico wildflowers, and that is the name of the feed–@NewMexicoWildflowers.
You can enjoy iPhone photos of the delightful spots of floral color that I find on my daily walks and hikes through the New Mexico high desert. From time to time, I’ll also be sharing wildflowers and plants seen on my travels and other natural wonders seen in New Mexico and farther afield.
The motto and theme for this Instagram project is, “Mostly wildflowers. Mostly New Mexico. All natural.”
So many details! Working on this 30″ x 22″ mixed-media (colored pencil and watercolor on paper) painting, “Red Indian Corn,” challenged and developed my rendering skills.
I’m so pleased to share this image with you all! This depiction of an ear of red Indian (or decorative) corn has been challenging me all autumn and winter long. First came the difficulty of composing the contour drawing, with the wildly flying dried leaves of the husk. Then figuring out how to render the glossy texture and subtle colorings of the kernels became an obsession. My final quest was balancing the pale, dramatic movement of the husk against the weight of the darker column of the cob.
This particular ear of corn ignited my inspiration over the other corn cobs I bought at an Española farm stand because of its wild, waving leaves curving around the vertical cob in a perfect example of Matisse’s “arabesque”. My working title, in fact, was “Wild-Haired”.
At the beginning of March, I realized I might actually be able to make an exhibit submissions deadline if I could complete the image. All my creative time this month has been devoted to this beauty, instead of blogging or working on my classwork for Lisa Coddington’s spring bulbs course. Time well spent, I’d say! 🙂