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Not Wood Roses

Wood Roses or Pine Cones? (ink & watercolor)
Wood Roses or Pine Cones? (ink & watercolor)

I found these taking a walk (I was walking, not these thingees) which I thought might be called Wood Roses…but I looked it up and learned that Woodrose is “a parasitic plant endemic to New Zealand.”  Since these fell from a pine tree in Berkeley, they’re definitely not woodrose, but they do look like Wood Roses!

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Definitely pine cones, but I love the imagry of ‘wood roses’ … so both!!! LOL Thanks for your note, Jana — and yes I know just how blessed we are to have mom and have her in such good health and spirits… I’m sorry your mom isn’t doing as well; such times are so painful in so many ways. My thoughts are with you and your mom … truly. I love seeing the progress you are making in your own artwork — oils, always watercolors .. and I hope you are striking that elusive balance been life and art … and that you’re doing well too! Miss you — and I hope your holidays are joy-filled!

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Dear jana thank you You have brought enrichment to my life all this year.Your paintyings drive me to follow you.God bless you! A Merry Xmas nad a happy New Year

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I believe they are called Cedar Roses. We have a tree near my work. I pick them up when I find them. They are so pretty.

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Jana, I live outside of San Juan Bautista and there is a tree in town which has these cones. It is an Atlas Cedar and I did think these must be wood roses, but according to your info, they are not the real thing. I have a neighbor who’s from New Zealand and I forwarded him your painting and info and will see what he knows about wood roses!
Love your work– never saw it till today, when my sister did the search for “wood roses”. I will sign up for your emails! Do you ever teach classes down this way?

Sandra Davidson

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Hi Sandra, Thank you for your nice note! I haven’t been teaching workshops away from home but may consider it one day. I had to look at a map to see where San Juan Bautista is. I should have guessed from you email address it wasn’t far from Gilroy! From the pictures I saw online it looks like a quiet old-fashioned country town. Is it a nice place to live? Thanks for signing up for my blog posts by email. I hope tonight’s post for Thanksgiving isn’t too unappetizing. Jana

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the wood roses you found are the top part of the Deodar Cedar tree pinecones,.. when the pinecone falls, since its made of many “petals” it falls apart leaving on the floor the very top of the pinecone that has the shape of the beautiful rose. If one is careful it wont break apart any further.
i personally make floral arrangements with them for christmas,, you can dip them in melted wax not too hot not too cold and they will keep their shape,, ive heard people use other preservatives to hold it together. I like the wax because it absorbs into the woody petal and it brings out the darker shade of the and it shimmers aswell.

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