Lion and the Lamb
Agave and Sego Lily, Sedona, AZ
40×30 oil on canvas 2019
Arizona Highways Magazine Project
This is the first of my new series “True Blue Arizona” focusing on the native plants of the Grand Canyon State. True Blue (my Jeep Wrangler’s nickname) and I had some wonderful adventures this spring, and I was happy to drag a few of you along with me! The inspiration for this painting was found in late April on a trek up to Sedona and Cottonwood. I think the whole valley thought it was one of the last nice weekends, because Sedona was humming with outdoor enthusiasts. That’s where four-wheel drive comes in handy.
Slowly, we literally left the crowds in the dust. My husband navigated us to a place where I had seen a large amount of sego lilies blooming two years ago. I’m not going to tell you where, let’s keep this one a secret that you will have to unlock yourself. There were also a large number of fat and happily rained on agaves sending up their flower stalks. You know I love a good juxtaposition…
The back ache and was worth the shot that lead to this painting. We celebrated with a beer in the wonderfully quirky town of Cottonwood, and True Blue came home dirty and this artist happy. My daughter gave the painting its name. I think its perfect.