Barrel Cactus #11
Original acrylic painting on canvas, framed in a floating style frame with a natural finish, wired on the back and ready to hang.
Painting size (canvas size) 24" x 24" x .75"
Frame size (outer dimensions of frame) 25.5" x 25.5" x 1"
The warm, red color of the background is a balanced blend of burnt sienna and cadmium red medium. This rich and earthy hue creates a nice contrast to the turquoise-ish colors used in the main body of the cactus. I chose an aerial perspective or top view of the subject because I enjoy working with a radial, symmetrical composition.
The barrel cactus is a species of cactus that is native to the Sonoran Desert region. I see them throughout the desert wilderness and in many residential landscapes. The visual elements and unique characteristics of this species inspires my imagination and creativity. The barrel cactus is an ongoing theme that I often visit in my artwork. See more from my Desert Garden Collection. ~ Sue Dranchak