Friday, October 31, 2008

I Was Observing and Taking Notes on the Natural Wonders of the Desert...

When I saw that the theme for the month of October is 'Field Notes', I immediately thought about the small notebook that I used to sketch the incredible forms and textures of the cactuses and succulents at Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix, Arizona.
The sketches were done on October 6, 2006 at the same time I was attending the weekend visual journaling workshop in Tempe, AZ. Each time when I went to Phoenix, I made a point of visiting that botanical garden. I had to content with taking pictures early in the morning, as it can get very hot later during the summer days. But because I was there during the cooler month of October, I was able to stay there longer and do the sketches right on the spot.
The photographs of the cactus were taken last summer of 2008, and I converted them into black and white. I later colored them with a mixture of acrylics and glaze medium. The "trees" at the top of the board are duplicated three times from one sketch that I did on the other page in the small book. These trees are not palm trees but I believe they're Joshua trees.

Art and image copyrighted 2008 by &rew Borloz

3 comments:

purple bird art said...

This is outstanding, Andrew - and you are correct, they are Joshua Trees - sentinels of the California desert

Leigh said...

I love this art. That botanical garden in Phoenix is one of my most favorite places. I have lots of photographs myself. If you ever have time on another trip to Arizona be sure to go south and see the saguaro desert and musuem down there.

&rew said...

I have gone to saguaro desert and the wildlife museum there in Tuscon. The cactus there are just incredible. Would you believe that I left the camera in my hotel room in Phoenix!!