Morning Blossoms

Acrylic on gessoboard - 18 x 24 in - 2016

Many cholla cacti grow toward the entrance to my neighborhood in Santa Fe, and one morning, their beauty compelled me to pull over on the side of the road, grab the cell phone, and start taking pictures. It’s a good thing we don’t have too much traffic… 

Back in my studio, reviewing the images in my mind and on my camera, I felt that their forms and flowers would speak most clearly in a naturalistic palette. I painted them on gesso board with acrylic, arranging the composition and adding a bit of texture.


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