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Monday, May 26, 2008

Thistles

Thistles, 11X14, Oil

The USDA calls the Texas Thistle a "noxious weed." It's thorny and invasive and hard to control and one of my absolute favorite plants - these bristley things pop up all along the highways and in pastures in the hot months. I gaze at them with longing when I drive home from work, trying to figure out some safe spot where I can pull over and get a photo without getting flattened by an 18-wheeler.

Right now they are just about everywhere, so I'm convinced that someone in the LadyBird Johnson Beautify the Highways camp has decided they are a worthy native Texas resident exempt from the summertime mowers. This painting found a home with a lovely little lady who has traveled the world collecting thistle art. She comes to my shows every now and then, and I always have a new thistle gift I've made especially for her when she arrives. She is a kindred thistle-loving soul.

2 comments:

Melissa & Emmitt said...

Hi Nancy!
your thistles are amazing! i absolutely love them!
i am so glad you and the pug babies had such a great weekend!
emmitt, fred and i had fun too, and i made a new pug crochet tape measure to add to the fawn one in my etsy shop. now i need to make one for me. :) i posted him on my blog for you to see.
have a wonderful day!
xo
m & e

Melissa & Emmitt said...

Hi Nancy!
your thistles are amazing! i absolutely love them!
i am so glad you and the pug babies had such a great weekend!
emmitt, fred and i had fun too, and i made a new pug crochet tape measure to add to the fawn one in my etsy shop. now i need to make one for me. :) i posted him on my blog for you to see.
have a wonderful day!
xo
m & e