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judyfilarecki
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PostSubject: Cactus Flowers   Wed Jan 27, 2010 7:20 pm

Several years ago, my one sister came to visit me from South Carolina. She wondered how I could live out here. "Didn't I miss the green?"

It was March, so it was just before all the cacti and wild flowers would start blooming. Here are two of the paintings I did from plants in my yard in April.

The first is from a photo I took of the side of one paddle of a cactus in my side yard. Each paddle is about 10 x 12 inches and the plant is 10 feet tall. This is just one of the paddles.

It is on a 16 x 20 stretched canvas. (I wish I had done it as an oval..oh well.) It was all done with WN Artisan brand, but it is too long ago to remember the palette. When I took the picture, it was so beautiful, I almost didn't paint it. I never figured I could capture the beauty of all the colors and different stages of the flowers and the translucency of the top flower. I decided to do a small 5 x 7 in pastels on a velour paper as a test. It was so beautiful, I ended up doing the bigger version. (sorry about the copyright being so dark, I was in a rush.)

The second one is from plants in my front yard the same year. I had never done a landscape, only mostly birds, and my customers were asking for some. This is my first "landscape" which included my birds, the gambel's quail of southern Arizona.

This was done on a 24 x 30 inch stretched canvas. I made most of my frames so this one was made with Vermont Red Cedar and I bought linen coverd molding for the inner frame. This also was done with WN Artisans.

I sent my sister some pictures of my front and side yard in April so she could see all the color in the desert. I did admit that I would not want to be here in the middle of the summer when it is 112 degrees, but I also would not want to be in Northern NY in the winter anymore, where it gets to 20 to 30 below zero.

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PostSubject: Re: Cactus Flowers   Wed Jan 27, 2010 7:58 pm

Judy, very nice paintings! Smile

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PostSubject: Re: Cactus Flowers   Wed Jan 27, 2010 10:20 pm

That cactus painting is WOW! Love the way the flowers catch the light!
The quails in the desert are very nice, too
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PostSubject: Re: Cactus Flowers   Wed Jan 27, 2010 11:26 pm

Thanks Callie and Janet,

I'm tempted to take the cactus flowers off the rectangular frame and re-stretch it on an oval one. I'm jst not sure if that is wise. I might damage the painting. I hve matted prints of it in an oval and they really look great.

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PostSubject: Re: Cactus Flowers   Thu Jan 28, 2010 10:34 am

Those are beautiful. I would not mess with your original but you can have it printed on canvas paper and stretch that on an oval, if you spray it with a fixative you can embellish it with a little paint and it will look great, then you don’t have to worry about messing with the original.
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PostSubject: Re: Cactus Flowers   Thu Jan 28, 2010 10:37 am

I never thought about that. Thanks for the idea. I have a place here in Tucson that does a really good job with canvas prints so I might look into it.

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PostSubject: Re: Cactus Flowers   Thu Jan 28, 2010 9:33 pm

great colours in both paintings, Judy. I love how the two birds are talking to each other.
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PostSubject: Re: Cactus Flowers   Thu Jan 28, 2010 11:36 pm

Thanks Sofie,
Actually, the mother on the right is yelling at the kids while the father keeps an eye for hawks. They usually have 13 to 14 chicks, but only 2 to 3 survive because of predators. They are really fascinating birds and mate for life.

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