The first painting went well. Almost easily. I was stunned to find that rough strokes of paint could create an amazing amount of depth. The painting had four flowers and I loved it.
|Beginning of Cactus Patch|
The next painting was a struggle. Though it only had one flower, it had an amazing number of flutes, something that caused me to change my method of painting. However, it too became a success, at least to me and looks without a doubt a complicated yet amazing cactus painting.
My third painting was of a cactus fruit after the flowers die. The process was fast and I was barely able to get a decent image to work from. I hated that painting and was ready to toss it when I realized it was my painting and I could do whatever I wanted. It was saved at the end.
This painting, to be the first in the series, is simply a series of cactus flutes. No flowers, no fruit. I spotted it on my morning walk and was astounded at the variety of greens that could be seen from one mass. I show it here after the original sketch on the canvas with the deep green shadows painted in. This was acrylic so no long painful waiting periods for the paint to dry. Oddly enough it is quite easy to discern and could be considered a painting in itself!
|Beginning of coloring of Cactus Patch|
Looking at and working on the painting yesterday, I began to wish I had stopped. Filling in the greens...yellow greens, blue greens, it seemed that I could never get it right! And anyway, in art, what is right?
I stuck it out and began with a series of yellow greens, blue greens, browns and butter colors to fill in each flute and see what I could do. I was amazed that brush strokes that appeared random, even lazy when viewed from a distance appeared to create a photo realism I never wanted and in fact hated.
It is true, why not simply just take a photo? Why not indeed. Yet, there was something in this painting that made me proud, gives me a confidence I lacked before. I seemed to capture at least the vitality of cactus, he subtly that is easy to miss in the interplay in colors.
|Final of Cactus Patch|
I wish you could see the original. There is a depth of color the photo cannot convey. There are colors and nuisances that disappear, ;The interplay of lights to darks, the shadows to the sunlight all in fact create a world that most if ous would never pay attention too.
Anyway this series is at least complete. It was certainly a learning experience in more ways than one.