February 1, 2017

Miniature in the Mail #56: "Twisted and Bristled"

"Twisted and Bristled," 5x5in., oil on masonite
 
Still milking my trip to Joshua Tree National Park in December.
 
The way the Joshua trees resemble wizened, cadaverous beings, like ancient diviners, really sticks.
 
Supposedly the trees were spread widely in the desert by giant ground sloths, who ate their fruit and spread their seeds. Giant ground sloths!? Like most large animal in North America, they're now extinct, and this regrettably places a question mark over the Joshua tree as well. 
 
If you can, go out and see them.
 
This mini painting and others like it are part of my Mini in the Mail project. Check out my website, www.ivanostocco.com.

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