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9.000 x 11.000 inches
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Painting - Watercolor And Ink
This watercolor and India ink painting is titled Ocotillo Dance. The graceful movement of the Ocotillo limbs and the vibrant reddish, orange bloom are beautiful in the Sonoran Deserts of Arizona. Marcia enjoys viewing these graceful plants throughout the year from her windows in her home. Whether they are in bloom or are only wearing their evergreen leaves, the twisting branches are interesting and intriguing to the eye. They are a large shrub with long cane-like unbranched spiny stems that grow from a short trunk. After it rains, or if they are irrigated regularly, small 2 inch leaves grow from the stems. They bloom from March through June. There estimated life expectancy is approximately 60 to 100 years. Ocotillo can grow as tall as 20 feet. An interesting fun fact about the Ocotillo is that because of the spines on the limbs, they are often used for fencing. It assists in stopping people and animals from crossing through the fence. . . . . . . . . . When the artist moved from her home state of Oregon in 2008, she expected to miss the wonderful colors found in the vegetation, mountains, hills, and the floors of the Willamette valley that were her stomping grounds for many years. She was pleasantly surprised to fall in love with the colors found in the Sonoran Desert. Right in her own backyard and neighborhood, everywhere she visits throughout the day, she is greeted with the colors found in her new desert world.
January 22nd, 2013
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