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Monday, February 1, 2010

Painting #16 Baby Barrel Cactus

I painted this for Cactus Monday because it lives in front of our house and is just a baby barrel cactus about 1.5 inches in diameter.  When I almost stepped on it I decided small is good for close observation and a painting.
The surrounding stones are also very small and I decided to de-emphasize them in the painting leaving just a hint so the cactus was the main focus.

Next year this baby will be twice the size.


kslaughter said...

Wow, this is cool, Teri! Almost an abstract. Are you looking at the cactus from overhead? I love the transparency of this picture~~

Laure Ferlita said...

Nice suggested background, Teri. Love the variety of colors back there and how it helps us to focus on the cactus.

Teri C said...

Yes, I was looking straight down on it. Actually I had to get on my hands and knees to get it sketched out, lol

Claire M said...

I really get the feel of this cactus from this painting - especially the little 'hairs' the fly out of the points. I'm not sure what they are called, but I sure recognize them.

Kelly said...

Way cool......love the background and the green in the center. The prickles look really prickly!

Krista Meister said...

Yep, I just love the cool angles at which you see things, Teri. Very interesting views. What a cute baby cactus too!