Joshua Tree at the La Jolla Cove – I looked at this tree for years & never once thought that it was beautiful until one miraculous day when I saw the blooms, which took my breath away.
Joshua Trees are native to California, are in the Yucca plant family & Cahuilla Native Americans ancestors used the leaves of to weave sandals and baskets in addition to harvesting the seeds and flower buds for meals.
The flowers seem very orchid-like to me. Waxy white flowers with a pale green flower buds. Gorgeous.
Sometimes when I see something & start photographing it, I notice that other visitors will suddenly see what I’m seeing. People lifted their heads up & suddenly saw the blooms, too, which they likely would not have seen. I wonder how long I walked under this tree without ever noticing the flowers? Sometimes having a camera in my hand means I’m not really present in the moment, but at other times having a camera in my hand opens my eyes to things I might not have noticed. My camera now gives me “artist-eyes” & I view the world as if I was painting it. Photography is another way to feed my creativity.
Here’s a quick Japanese brush painting of a Joshua Tree on Japanese calligraphy practice paper. This practice paper is 60 sheets for $1.50 so it’s very cheap. Painting on cheap paper means that I paint without the worry of ruining expensive art paper. So freeing & brings back the FUN into my painting. Painting what you know breathes life into your art & people feel that when they view your art. Paint what you know & have fun.