I just came back from a trip to Phoenix, AZ and got to spend a little time in the desert. Coming from the lush NW I thought it looked so barren at first but the more time I spent wandering around the landscape, the more I grew to love it. I got really excited to draw the plants, which look like they came out of a Dr. Seuss book — so much quirky character.
My 4-year-old daughter was with me and one of the things I love to do is to draw collaboratively with her. I draw something, she draws on top and so on… the results get goofy but that's the fun of it. The drawing above is one of those. She named the plants (in case you're wondering why I wrote "crazy sparkle shirt" and "lined butterfly tattoo" next to the cacti).
Here's another (non-collaborative) drawing. I'm loving colored sketchbooks these days. I think it's 108 degrees in Phoenix now so I'm glad to be back but it was so beautiful I'll definitely return!