'In any land what is there more glorious than sunlight! Even here in the desert where it falls fierce and hot like a rain of meteors, it is the one supreme beauty to which all things pay allegiance ... The chief glory of the desert is its broad blaze of omnipresent light.' -John Van Dyke
Elegant Trogons have been breeding in SE Arizona canyons for years. They like the cavities in the creamy white trunks of our Sycamores. The barking call of the males can be heard every spring and summer. But some are now staying during the winter. They feed on Pyracantha Berries (planted) when the endemic Madrones are bare. This year at Madera Canyon the Trogon shares them with a White-throated Thrush, a singular migrant from Mexico. That one, of course, drives the birding community nuts. They stand forty people deep around the bush armed with their huge lenses on tripods.
I much preferred to peacefully paint the pretty Trogon ... Original available framed $325.00
We usually see a lot more activity of these Desert Cardinals in our backyard. But maybe I am only impatient. So at least I painted one. Watercolor, 7in x 10in Original available, 11x14, dark-red wood frame $325 Prints on paper, canvas, and tiles will be available soon.
La Encantada Fine Art Festival
ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: "Watercolors became my preferred medium because I
traveled so much as a scientist. I could easily fit them on an airplane
in my backpack." Born and raised in Dortmund, Germany, water color
artist Margarethe Brummermann
developed her passion for painting hand in hand with her career in
biology. She worked as a researcher and teacher at universities and
field stations across Europe and the United States while also dedicating
time to her artistic studies at the
Academy for Photography and Design in Dortmund and eventually the
Scottsdale Artists School. "I often use my paintings as backdrops for my
PowerPoint slides. I hope to make my scientific topics beautiful and
thus more approachable," says Brummermann. In 2002, she settled in the
pristine deserts of the Tucson Mountains with her husband, Randall Kaul,
and found a new and unexpected community of welcoming creative minds.
"Art is important to Native Americans and I spent most of my weekends on
the Navajo and Apache reservations. I was easily welcomed and my new
found Hopi friends introduced me to my first gallery here. It wasn't
long before I discovered the ever changing, ever evolving, very diverse
community around outdoor arts festivals and I was hooked." Brummermann
now works for Sky Island in the field of diversity research in SE AZ and
Sonora Mexico and her newer paintings reflect this. Her website and
blog now act as the perfect platform for sharing both her passions to an
even larger audience taken by the charm of blending biology and art.
Visit her blog now at http://margarethebrummermannwatercolors.blogspot.com/ and see her work in person at the La Encantada Fine Art Festival on January 19 & 20 at La Encantada.