More New Work (Doha)

I'm embarrassed to admit that in the last month? Two months? I've produced, um, two paintings. Not up to my usual standard. Then again, I can't actually interact with the land here. It sure upsets my routine.

kaff mariam (detail)
egg tempera and coffee on paper

We saw this plant out in Zekreet, in the desert. It curls up into this fisted shape after it flowers, guarding its seeds until the next rain softens its branches, allowing the seeds to be released. As the shape might suggest, it is often blown across the desert like a tumbleweed.

sodom's apple no.3
acrylic on canvas

These seedpods were the only interesting thing I could find in our neighbourhood, aside from the aloes. Also, I could carry them home. I planted some seeds in the garden. The next batch of paintings of this plant will hopefully be of the beautiful chalky leaves amd waxy purple flowers.
Enough seedpods already.