Barrel Cactus #12
Cactus flowers represent warmth and protection. They are symbolic of maternal love and the ability to survive and prosper in a harsh and unforgiving environment.
Original acrylic painting on canvas, framed in a floating style, poplar wood frame with a natural finish, wired on the back and ready to hang on your wall.
Painting (canvas size) 36" x 36" x .75"
Overall dimensions with frame 37.5" x 37.5" x 1"
About the art:
The subdued green-grey background of this painting balances perfectly with the rich dark venetian red hue of the cactus to create a warm and earthy feel. For the finishing touch I added the golden flowers and fruits that often adorn the crown of barrel cactus. I chose the top-view of the barrel cactus because it is interesting to me and I enjoy working with a radial, symmetric composition whenever possible. I started with a simple pencil drawing and made use of lines and curves while I worked the composition in an systematic and geometric fashion. When the pencil sketch was established I worked over it with acrylic paint. Most of the details of this painting were accomplished with a short handle #2 round watercolor brush. You can catch a quick glimpse of it in the video.
The barrel cactus is a species that is native to the Sonoran Desert region. They heavily populate the desert wilderness and I often observe them while hiking around the region. They are also present in the residential landscapes around my neighborhood in Phoenix, AZ. The barrel cactus is an ongoing theme that I often visit in my artwork and I have created several variations of this composition. See more from my Desert Garden Collection.
"Barrel cactus #12" original art created and produced entirely by Sue Dranchak, Artist/Owner Dranchak Studio LLC. All rights reserved.