Monday, March 31, 2008

Desert Flower Trail

Walking on the trails along Bartlett Lake, mid-March 2008, the desert is in full bloom with poppies and lupine.
- Nancy Boudreau

acrylic painting on gessoed mat board,
approximately 5" x 7"
signed, dated and comments on the back

Sunday, March 30, 2008

Saguaro Sky

Behold the saguaro, standing like a desert guardian spirit, larger than life.
- Nancy Boudreau

acrylic painting on gessoed mat board,
approximately 5" x 7"
signed, dated and comments on the back

Saturday, March 29, 2008

Saguaro


The most impressive of all cactus in the Sonoran Desert is Carnegiea gigantea. Nothing seems to daunt them as they appear to grow anywhere. The two in this painting were in the Superstition Mountains, growing on a the shear rock face. At the foot of the older Saguaro, violet-colored flowers bloomed, a lovely contrast to the chartreuse lichen covering the rock.
- Nancy Boudreau

acrylic painting on gessoed mat board,
approximately 5" x 7"
signed, dated and comments on the back

Friday, March 28, 2008

Tortilla Flat


Possibly the smallest town anywhere, Tortilla Flat does a big-town job of feeding and entertaining the numerous tourists that drive the Apache Trail. Cars bearing license plates from every northern state can be seen parked along the one street, as snowbirds soak up the sun and awesome views. What a treat it is to sit on the boardwalk with a cone of prickly pear ice cream, looking up and across the street at this sentinel butte.
- Nancy Boudreau

acrylic painting on gessoed mat board,
approximately 5" x 7"
signed, dated and comments on the back

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Indian Spring Wash


In mid March of 2008, the Tonto National Forest in Arizona was full of blooms. Proof of abundant winter rains was everywhere. Hillsides were lined with fields of poppies, lupine, brittle bush and desert chicory. Within the shelter of the jojobas, coyote gourds flourished.
- Nancy Boudreau

acrylic painting on gessoed mat board,
approximately 5" x 7"
signed, dated and comments on the back

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Coyote Gourds


These two Curcurbita digitata were found while hiking up Indian Springs Wash in the Tonto National Forest, Arizona. Fed by the abundant winter rains, the vines had grown up inside the shelter of several jojoba bushes. The sand around the bushes was littered with dried gourds, knawed hollow by rodents. In the dense center of the jojobas, yellow globes of maturing gourds remained untouched. I would not reach into the bushes to pick gourds, a sure place for snakes lying in wait for hungry rodents. The gourds pictured here were lying on the ground, being cooked by the sun.
- Nancy Boudreau

acrylic painting on gessoed mat board,
approximately 5" x 7"
signed, dated and comments on the back

Monday, March 24, 2008

Thorn Apple


Datura is known by many names, and Thorn Apple well describes the seed pod of the plant. Though poisonous, Datura is famous for it's use as a hallucinogen. Check out Wikipedia's entertaining anecdote explaining how this plant earned the nickname Jamestown Weed at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Datura_stramonium.
- Nancy Boudreau


acrylic painting on gessoed mat board,
approximately 5" x 7"
signed, dated and comments on the back

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Orange and Ribbon on Mirror


acrylic painting on gessoed mat board, approximately 5" x 7"
signed, dated and comments on the back

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Abalone Shell on Mirror 2

This painting will be submitted for exhibition at the Washington Art Association Members Show 2008, which will run from March 29th through April 27th.

You're welcome to visit the exhibit where this painting and paintings of other members of the Washington Art Association will be for sale. Thanks to the generosity of the patrons and collectors Margaret Ferguson and Dan Sherr, this will be a juried show with cash prizes to be presented at the opening on Saturday March 29th from 3pm to 6pm.

The Washington Art Association's gallery is located at 4 Bryan Plaza, Washington Depot, Connecticut, 06794. For directions call the gallery at (860) 868-2878. Gallery hours are Tuesday - Saturday 10am-5pm and Sunday 12-5pm.

Davis 2


acrylic painting on gessoed mat board, approximately 5" x 7"
signed, dated and comments on the back

Davis 1


acrylic painting on gessoed mat board, approximately 5" x 7"
signed, dated and comments on the back

Sunday, March 2, 2008

Starfish


Strange sea creatures they are, starfish.
- Nancy Boudreau


acrylic painting on gessoed mat board,
approximately 5" x 7"
signed, dated and comments on the back

Saturday, March 1, 2008

Nick in New Orleans


Sending a good friend of mine off for a week of food and music in the French Quarter. Have a wonderful trip Nick.
- Nancy Boudreau


acrylic painting on gessoed mat board,
approximately 5" x 7"
signed, dated and comments on the back