I'm so excited to have completed 47 paintings in this year's 52 WEEK project, you can see previous year-long projects here and here. As much as I love having a goal and working towards it, learning so much along the way, there are also many weeks that I wish I didn't have to do anything. But to see the work all together is always exciting, especially since I tend to place them in my closet as I work. This fall has been especially busy for me at the library with so many events and workshops that it's been quite difficult. And yet, when I finally get down to the work I enjoy myself immensely.
This week I chose the yucca, which is also known as soapwort. It is a member of the lily family (one of my favorite flowers) and, to me looks similar to fritillaria which I find absolutely beautiful in its minute form. This plant grows in deserts so it is only found in the Milk River region of Alberta, a beautiful are that my daughter attends university., My parents also grew up in a desert in South America and ate the root of the yucca plant (which is much like potato) though the flowers on it looked quite different. It has been used to treat ailments from arthritis to high cholesterol but its effectiveness is still being studied.