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Monday, February 7, 2011

Trying to capture sun on cactus in pastel

Here I am starting a new pastel from photos I took in Palm Desert.  I was enchanted by the low morning light hitting the Cholla cactus, creating a soft-looking halo against a dark background.  Although it looked soft - beware!  Cholla is covered with barbed needles you don't want to meet! 

I sure hope I can pull off this painting - I've been thinking about it for days (and even at night when I'm trying to go to sleep!)  You know you are in a creative mood when you get obscessed and excited about starting a painting and the blank paper doesn't intimidate you!


LIZ said...

This is gorgeous already!

ti-igra said...

Hello, Carolyn! Hello, friend! :-D
I'm agree with LIZ - This pastel inspire you more and more! I can see it by how warm glowing light on cactus needles - if he so light and fluffy - not angry cactus! :-)))) How you paint with love! :-)
You are so wonderful and your pictures too! Standing here and waiting for continuation! Love this picture and processe! WOW! :-D