Thursday, February 25, 2010
My artist friends who paint together on Tuesdays and Fridays were a bit short on what to paint tomorrow, so I remembered some pretty good cactus photos I had taken on a trip to West Texas and volunteered a drawing. You probably can imagine what came next...after I had the drawing done, I decided to paint it. And, my thought in this little quarter sheet piece was to throw some paint on and paint fast and loose. I've posted the wet first step with just sloping new gamboge, quin gold, prem rose, and some turquoise that was on my pallete in a very loose swash. Of course, I had the drawing down and lots of masking for those prickley cactus needles. Next step was to find the ripe pears on the cactus and have fun with their colors. I tried to retain some of the colors (that you don't usually find on cactus) on the pears and the actual cactus before going in with the greens. If I ever play with this drawing again, I'll probably use some magentas and several blues in some places rather than leaving the whites. Who knows...just depends on how the day goes.