The Saguaro Cacti have such a unique shape and grow primarily in southern Arizona and Western Sonora, Mexico. The color of the desert dramatically changes in the spring when many wild flowers bloom. There is no doubt that the silhouette of the mountains is the perfect backdrop to this landscape. Teddy-Bear Cholla, with all their needles sparkling in the light, are anything but soft yet surprisingly fun to paint. Desert Bloom is a recent commission created for a Minnesota couple for their new home in Arizona.
Sage is the dominant green of the desert. French Ultramarine Blue, #5 gray and Naples Yellow were mixed to portray the colors of the Saguaro Cactus. Quinacradone Red was added for value changes and placed to bring out the greens. More French Ultramarine Blue was pushed into the shaded areas. The clumping of the wildflowers overlaps and moves you through the foreground.
Last week my painting “Country Plaid” won 2nd for Fine Art at the Red Door Rural Art Exhibit in Wahpeton and was purchased. Please stop by to see my two other beautiful paintings there to see along with work by regional artists.
Midwestern at the Rourke
There are many beautiful originals to see by local artists. There theme this year is “Outside the Lines” and the show goes down September 3rd 2023. The Rourke is open on Fridays-Saturdays and Sundays from 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm.