Sunday, October 3, 2010

Prickly Snow & a new project

This fun painting is on Arches 300 lb. cold press, and was painted from a photo I took years ago when I lived in the mountains. We saw prickly pears in snow regularly up at 7,000 feet in the Sandias. It always amused me, since you don't think of cactus and snow together. I like the contrasts of prickly and smooth, too.

I've also started on a project that might interest you. I decided to make a book of these little gouache miniatures, in order to have a good portion of the collection in one place. I'm using Blurb, and it's not finished yet, but once it is I might offer a few copies here if anyone is interested. It's a softback book, and the number of pages is yet to be finalized, which will determine the price. I'll have to finalize things and get a copy to see if it looks as good as I hope, and then I'll let you know... I'm including three step-by-step photo demos there, and the article (in part) that was in Watercolor Artist in February. I hope it might be a nice little book. Time will tell!


  1. I must say the snow on the cactus threw me when I first saw it but I really like it. It's a cool little painting. Your book sounds like a good way to compile all of your art. Good luck with it.

  2. Thanks, Nancy. Why is it that contrasts like this are so much fun? I don't know--cactus = desert, snow = mountains, I guess. I lived in the high desert for about 16 years.

    The book should be fun to see... I keep changing and rearranging it, however! I'm not sure when I'll actually see it.


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