Passion Flower Pictures – summer favorites


Taking passion flower pictures is an absolute favorite summer past time. The swirling tendrils of its climbing vine and intricate flower structure are mesmerizing. The purple passion flower, or maypop, grows well in the extreme Texas heat (and across southeastern US). It produces fragrant flowers later in the summer when other plants in the garden have stopped flowering. If you’re lucky enough, your vine may also produce fruit with an edible pulp. The unique flower inspired Christian symbolism, each part representing elements from the Passion of Christ. [ more ]


Passion Flower Pictures

My favorite variety is the blue passion flower. It exhibits a more compact flower with white petals and a fringe of blue and purple filaments. Best planted in well drained soil close to something they can climb on, passion flowers are perennial wildflowers that will add interest to your summer garden year after year.
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Beach Watercolor Painting


This beach watercolor painting is inspired by the windward coast of Oahu, Hawaii. The waves crash against the beach with great force, creating a symphony of sea foam and sand. With the tall trees and mountain in the background, it becomes quite apparent that you are indeed in paradise.
This beach watercolor painting is perfect for daydreaming about the ocean and island life.


beach watercolor painting

16.5″ x 10.75″ – cold press paper

[ original painting is available ]

Windward Coast – Oahu, Hawaii
Drive from Honolulu over the mountains to the white sand beaches of Oahu’s Windward Coast, and you’ll discover a picturesque scene featuring a sparkling turquoise ocean. It feels as if you’re in another world, or in the pages of a magazine.
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Wildflower Watercolor Paintings in progress


Spend some time exploring the Texas countryside between spring and summer, and you’re sure to see fields full of wildflowers. You’ll enjoy picturesque scenery featuring dots of pink, red, orange and yellow amongst tall, green grass. Barbed wire fences contain longhorn cattle, donkeys and horses grazing in meadows. The wildflowers adorn the roadsides, making leisurely road trips feel like you’re taking a drive through a painting. It is undeniable inspiration for wildflower watercolor paintings.

Wildflower Watercolor Paintings

These wildflower watercolor paintings illustrate a few of my favorites as they grow wild and free in the Texas meadow. Colorful indian blanket spread out on the horizon covering the ground in orange-red and yellow. Black-eyed Susan flowers look like a pool of sunshine when massed together, and big, wooly thistles dot the horizon with their hot pink tufts.

Summer Thistles

Just as spring flowers start to fade away, slender green stalks grow tall above the grass. The summer thistles look like they came out of a Dr. Seuss book, with their tufts of hot pink swaying together in the slightest breeze. Prickly, bright pink flower heads pop open, spotting the fields with color and keeping the butterflies and bees happy.


Summer Thistles

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summerthistleMany wildflowers are classified as thistles. The ones we see during Texas summers are pinkish purple, but they also come in other colors and shapes. Thistles are best left in the ground, as they attract lots of bugs and small birds, and are often covered in prickles. If you’re lucky enough to stumble across a large group of them, you can smell their sweet fragrance. After flowering, they produce thistledown that blows away like a wish in the wind. [ more ]

Surreal Art – original watercolor painting

This surreal art painting is inspired by the caves, and desert surroundings of Carlsbad Caverns, New Mexico. A watercolor painting that would look groovy in any room.


surreal art

watercolor on cold press paper

[ original surreal art is available ]

Things that Grow in the Dark
After experiencing the darkness of the cave in Carlsbad Caverns, perceptions start to change. Strange shapes peak out of the darkness, and thoughts become full of color. Curiosity is at its peak, what other things lie beneath the Earth? What grows in places our eyes cannot see?

Carlsbad Caverns National Park
3225 National Parks Highway
Carlsbad, New Mexico 88220