Just outside Goblin Valley is a canyon called Temple Wash that has pictographs; the site is significant because it contains pictographs of 2 different styles, Fremont and Barrier Canyon style. This also means people were painting the panels at 2 different times. Fremont style is estimated to be 800 – 1,400 years ago, and Barrier Canyon is estimated to be 1,500 – 8,000 years ago. It is thought that the creators from different cultures could have existed at the same time. Also the figures in the panel are quite tall, and it’s guessed they were meant to be seen from a distance.
Here you can see the dark red pictographs at the bottom of the cliff face. Even though I was quite far away (there is a wooden fence to keep people away) I could still see the images were quite detailed. We also brought a pair of binoculars, so we could see the images more clearly.
You can see on the left is a human figure with horns. To the right is a dog figure, a “medicine man” figure holding snakes, and several other human figures. There is a lot of damage due to the rock shearing off the cliff face. There was also severe vandalism around 2000, but it looks like the state cleaned that off.
Across from the panel is part of the San Rafael Swell. In this area the earth has been pushed up and is pretty rough, and you can see the geological layers distinctly.
Selfie with the pictograph panel behind me!
Today I’ve posted a detail of my Jackrabbit print. I use soft pastels, because I love the way the medium can be pushed around and mixed, but I also can cover and layer the colors. The Jackrabbit print is available in 8 x 10 or 16 x 20 sizes. (The watermark doesn’t appear on the print!) The Jackrabbit Print is available framed also.
Pronghorn Sketch and color study. I love the yellow and ochre with purple and violet!
Working with some more color!
The California Condor represents a success story in animal conservation, and I wanted to honor this majestic bird with a sketch. Now my Condor sketch is available on a cell phone cover for the iPhone 5, iPhone 6, and iPhone 7. This high-quality transparent cover let’s you still see the attractive shape of the iPhone, and the image is printed on with a durable process to last you a long time. Now when you take pictures you can say “look at the birdie” and mean it!
10% of the purchase price of the product always goes to NRDC, a non-profit that works to protect animals and open spaces, and combat climate change.
In the fall of 2016, I started pastel drawings of my most popular jewelry pieces. It had been a while since producing any drawings; I’d spent most of my time in the past few years working on my hand painted jewelry. I realized I do really love drawing, and I love working with pastels!
This is a picture of my kitchen with the original Jackrabbit drawing. The original is for sale (contact me if you’re interested) and I also have framed prints available for sale. The original drawing is 14×11 inches in a 21×17 inch frame.
Working on some more color ideas. Big horn sheep are incredibly shy, but I’m proud to say I saw one on a hike in Joshua Tree about 10 years ago. We saw 3 of them, and they were quite far away, but it was amazing!
Experimenting with more color today!
I’m working with some color today!
Mother’s Day is this Sunday; you can send your favorite mom a special note, and NRDC will plant a milkweed plant for each note you send. Milkweed is essential to Monarch butterfly larvae: the larvae eat milkweed, and due to less milkweed available, some populations of monarchs are in decline. This Mother’s Day, NRDC and Monarch Watch are joining forces to plant more milkweed for monarchs. Visit this site, and simply enter the email address of your favorite mom or mother figure and she’ll receive a special email. For each email sent NRDC and Monarch Watch will plant one milkweed plant!
Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms and caretakers out there. Nothing happens without you!