Acquired by American Legacy Fine Arts directly from the artist
This painting embodies the California drought. The lack of vegetation in the flower pot and the dry grass, yellowing underneath the sun, showcase no reprieve from the heat. The shading captures a specific time of day. Looking at the shadow, the viewer can assume this painting is done in the middle of the afternoon, while the sun beats down on the plants. Merrell places the viewer looking down upon the subjects, thus feeling the scorching sun.