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Monday, June 14, 2010

Painting #62 Cactus Shadows

I love this painting.  It turned out way better than I planned.
I took my reference photo before we left Arizona because I loved all the shadows and wondered if I could get good results.
I painted the shadows first which I rarely do, then I used plastic wrap on the wet painting for texture.  (Reference idea came from Karlyn Holman's book, "Watercolor, The Spirit of Spontaneity")
I painted the purple prickly pear cactus in one sitting and quit while I still liked it.


Laure Ferlita said...

Teri, this came out GREAT!!! Super cool with the plastic wrap in the background. Love that sweet touch of green in the purple too! Well done!!!

Brinda said...

I really like this. Its got the 3 d effect so well...and I love the colours!

Elva Paulson said...

I, too, think this is a really pretty one. I actually thought you had painted in on some special paper until I read your comments. The shadow is lovely, and works so well with the cactus.