Thursday, September 16, 2010

Desert Plants

Mother Nature Sculpts

Opetunia Burbanki
36" x 48"  
Acrylic on Canvas
$ 3500.00

I see desert plants as sculptures created by nature.  

This painting represents a thornless type of Prickly Pear which was developed in the hopes it could feed free range cattle in arid conditions.  It was not successful as such, but makes a fabulous addition to a desert landscape.  This particular painting was inspired by a plant in the Southern California desert.

When painting desert plants, I take artistic liberty with the color and shape of the plant and it's flowers to enhance the composition and chosen palette.  

1 comment:

  1. Beautiful job on the prickly pear! There are some growing near us and I'm fascinated by them. Thanks for sharing the story of the thornless variety . . . very interesting!