Category Archives: Botanical

Cobwebby Thistle

cobweb thistle art

On one of my hikes in the Point Reyes area, I came across this great dangerous looking and beautiful plant, full of spikes and webs. It is a wonderfully weird plant commonly called “cobweb thistle”,  a California native.  It’s spiny blooms are laced with fibers resembling cobwebs.

Title:  “Cobwebby Thistle”
(Cirsium occidentale)

Size: 19″ x 35″

Medium: Gouache on wood, varnished

cobweb thistle detail 9 by Patrushka

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Abstracted Palm Tree at Night

 

This is another palm tree painting…  I’ve done a number of them over the years and maybe because they remind of Hawaii, they are my favorite trees. I had a bit of fun abstracting this one within the background of the lights of a small town.

Title: “Abstract Palm Tree”

Size: 20″ x 20″

Medium: Mixed media on canvas

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A Redwood Stump

A Redwood Stump Painting

Every time I visit the woods near my home in Northern California, I am inspired to paint a little something… Our last visit to Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve was no exception. There were many incredible gnarled redwood tree stumps, ages old and covered with history and moss – so lovely that maybe a whole “Stump Series” of watercolors will follow.

Title:  “Redwood Stump”

Size: 9″ x 12″

Medium: Gouache on Arches paper

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David Bowie’s Eyes Painted In Flowers

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David Bowie’s Eyes in Flowers

These two little paintings are in the upcoming exhibition “The Coaster Show” at La Luz de Jesus Gallery, in Los Angeles. (For show info, click here.)

They are David Bowie’s unusual eyes, transposed on flowers – a carnation (which is Bowie’s birth flower for the month of January) and a gardenia (which is his wife Iman’s favorite flower.)

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The carnation symbolizes love, fascination and distinction.

bowie's eye

In an interview Iman shared, “I did not want to get involved with a rock star. No way. It is not a sane thing to do, but David changed my mind. He wooed me.” Shortly after their first meeting, Iman traveled to Paris.  When she arrived at her hotel room, it was filled with her favorite flower, gardenias, with a card from David.

Titles: “Carnation Eye” (Bowie’s right eye) and “Gardenia Eye” (Bowie’s left eye)

Sizes: 4″ x 4″

Medium: Gouache on upcycled coasters, varnished

(Note: These are not meant for actual use as coasters, but rather as art to be hung on the wall…)

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A Crazy Floral

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I had an urge to put my fingers to some collage, as it’s been quite awhile. This time I used only paper which I had painted myself, to ensure that the colors won’t fade as they might with found images from magazines. It was rather fun to return to my old love, am hoping to try some cityscapes with this technique in the future.

Title: “Crazy Floral”

Size: 12 x 12″

Medium: Collage on birch wood panel (acrylic painted on archival paper), varnished

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A Young Trunk In Marin

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Tree Art

Every so often we escape to the woods out near Marin, California, which we are lucky enough to live relatively close to. There are awesome huge Redwoods everywhere and mossy growth in the winter and spring. It’s very relaxing to just sit and do small studies and watercolors of nature’s little beauties. The velvet moss on the side of this young seedling caught my eye.

“Oh redwood tree
Please let us under
When we were young we used to go
Under the redwood tree.
And it smells like rain
Maybe even thunder
Won’t you keep us from all harm
Wonderful redwood tree.”

 – Lyrics by Van Morrison –

Title: “Young Trunk” (a study)

Size: 7 x10″

Medium: Watercolor on Arches paper

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Frida Kahlo As A Geisha

Frida Geisha by Patrushka

A Frida Kahlo as a geisha,  adorned and embellished with the botanical trappings she so loved. The character on her forehead reads “flower” and thorny curvy entanglements hang from her ears. A beautiful aloe plant spikes up in the foreground.

“I paint flowers so they will not die…”

– Frida Kahlo –

Many of Kahlo’s iconic self-portraits include imagery of foliage and flowers from her garden. In addition to her traditional Mexican clothing and jewelry made from shells, stones or bones, as well as her pet birds and monkeys, she frequently incorporated plants like “elephant-ear” leaves from the aroid (Araceae) family and white-haired “old-man cactus” (viejo), or other cacti and an assortment of flowers.

This is for my ongoing Geisha series, based on the premise – that the most literal translation of geisha into English would be “artist,” “performing artist,” or “artisan.”

Title: “Frida Geisha”

Size: 16 x 20″

Medium: Oil on wood

Frida Geisha Detail by Patrushka

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Surreal Botanical Art

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Title: Botanical Imaginings

Size: 8″ x 11″

Medium: Graphite on paper

Surreal Botanical Art: This is a crazy drawing that just popped into my head one morning, a study of floating plants from another world, a mixed up jungle of strange and surreal growth.

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In The Redwoods

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Title: In The Redwoods, a small study

Size: 7″ x 10″

Medium: Watercolor on paper

This is a small study I painted while enjoying the redwoods at Samuel P. Taylor State Park, near Marin in Nor Cal.

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Mandragora, A Mandrake Doll

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Title:  Mandragora

Size: 16 x 20″

Medium: Gouache on wood

This piece was inspired by the mandrake plant and it’s witchy history.

In ancient Greece Mandrake was once powdered and added to wines as well as various love-philtres. It was well known for making humans act like beasts and is believed to be one of the plants responsible for the legends of werewolves and shapeshifters. Mandrake is hallucinogenic, and although it contains less tropane than its relatives, it should only be ingested rarely in one’s life. As a hallucinogen it is best ingested as a tea or infused in wine, but it is much more common to find Mandrake being used in flying ointments such as the magic salve of Medea which she learned to make using Mandrake roots from the Titan. Mandrake roots also have a long history of being used as mannikins or alrauns – carved dolls imbued with a spirit and used for luck, healing, and prophecy. These Mandrake dolls were usually kept wrapped in cloth or stored in a small coffin-like box and hidden from the view of anyone but the owner. They were considered a great responsibility to own and had to be fed in order to remain potent. Such mannikins were passed down through families for generations before they were outlawed by the Church in Europe.

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These Roots I Grew

 

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 Title:  These Roots I Grew For You

 Inspired by the sacrifices we make for someone we love and the sadness when they are rejected. Also inspired by our environment and the destruction we visit upon Mother Nature.

 Size:  11″ x 14″

  Medium:  Gouache on wood panel, varnished

 

“I remember what you told me before you went out on your own

“Sometimes to keep it together, we got to leave it alone.”

So you can get on with your search, baby, and I can get on with mine

And maybe someday we will find , that it wasn’t really wasted time”

– The Eagles

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Let Love Rule

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Title: Let Love Rule
  
Size: 16.5″ x 18.5″
  
Medium: Gouache on found wood, varnished.
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The Milk of the Poppy

 

Title: The Milk of the Poppy

Geisha – The word consists of two kanji, 芸 (gei) meaning “art” and 者 (sha) meaning “person” or “doer”.

The most literal translation of geisha into English would be “artist,” “performing artist,” or “artisan.”

Size: 25″ x 43″, framed

Medium: Oil on wood

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After Pumpkin Day, It’s The Day of the Dead…

Title: The Pumpkin Queen (detail above, full image below)

A personal homage for The Day of the Dead, for the spirits of the season and the beauty of both.

Medium: Gouache on wood

Size: 16″ x 20″

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A Hamadryad

Title: Hamadryad

Dryads, like all nymphs, were supernaturally long-lived and tied to their homes, but some were a step beyond most nymphs. These were the hamadryads who were an integral part of their trees, such that if the tree died, the hamadryad associated with it died as well. For these reasons, dryads and the Greek gods punished any mortals who harmed trees without first propitiating the tree-nymphs.

Medium: Gouache on wood

Size: 10″ x12″

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