The cardon' or elephant cactus is often mistaken for a saguaro cactus mainly due to the similarity in physical characteristics such as height and girth. One of the differences that distinguish the two species is that the cardon' will distribute its blooms vertically down the body or trunk whereas a saguaro blooms in clusters at the end of its arms or on the crown of the main trunk. I chose to paint the cardon' cactus so I could distribute the beautiful white blooms on all three panels. I felt that it gave the entire composition a more balanced look.
I have made several versions of the Cardon' starting with a single panel and then eventually working it into a triptych (3 panels comprising a single image) with each version being taller than the last. Cardon' 6 is the tallest one yet.
A triptych is one painting comprised of 3 canvas panels.
Size of each canvas panel with frame:
31.5" x 25.5" x 1"
Size of entire triptych without spacing between canvas:
90" x 24" x .75"
The spacing between the panels can vary based on your needs. The image pictures shows the triptych with approximately 4" of space between panels. Other consideration when choosing a space to hang this painting is the bottom panel and how high off the floor. In the image that shows me (5'5") standing next Cardon' #6 the bottom panel is about 18" from the ground. If you have pets or small children you may want to consider hanging this painting in a space or on a wall where the bottom canvas is much higher from the ground.
The Cardon' cactus has been an ongoing theme that I often visit in my artwork. See more from my Desert Garden Collection. ~ Sue Dranchak