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'In any land what is there more glorious than sunlight! Even here in the desert where it falls fierce and hot like a rain of meteors, it is the one supreme beauty to which all things pay allegiance ... The chief glory of the desert is its broad blaze of omnipresent light.'
-John Van Dyke

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Cactus Flower Time!

3 new originals ready in time for the 
Phippen Museum Western Art Show and Sale 

Strawberry Hedgehog
 A new half sheet painting for the Phippen Show at the end of the Month in Prescott: Strawberry Hedgehog flower. When I saw the model, it was adorned by a beautiful metallic green Sweatbee. Maybe next time I'll include it!

Very Prickly Pear
Sometimes the transparent petals of the flowers and the glassy brilliance of the thorns create an effect like stained glass.

A variation on the theme 'Desert Fire' showing the breathtaking color combinations of my favorite cactus which also happens to be our earliest and richest producer of flowers: Opuntia macrocentra