Friday, March 11, 2011

White Cactus Bloom - SOLD

Cactus plants are to be found all around in the wilderness trail behind my backyard. I am facinated by the colorful blooms on these plants. The most common ones on our trail are currently bearing fruit - an oblong red kind of fruit. One day I am going to paint that too... But this one I painted from a photo reference on Wetcanvas forum (thanks to whoever posted the beautiful pictures!).
I painted this using the palette knife and using the new techniques I learnt during the January Workshop (see earlier blog post). I have the pictures of stages 1 and 2 below. I couldn't take a picture of stage 3 because it progressed so slowly, and somehow it looked so ugly to me that I was about to quit doing this painting. But filnally! I am so happy to be done with this. Hope you like it!

White Cactus Bloom - 11x14 inches, Oil on Canvas Panel

Following are pictures of Stages 1 and 2. By the end of stage 2 as I progressed further, my flower was turning colorful. I wondered, is this thing ever going to turn out white... !?  :) :)
White Cactus Bloom - Stage 1
White Cactus Bloom - Stage 2

Here's the inspirational picture I used for this painting. As you can see I have changed things around in my painting, specially the background.

White Cactus bloom - reference from Wetcanvas forum


  1. Lovely! Proud of you.. Your home walls must be full of such beautiful paintings :) Where did you put this one? I wish, I was staying nearby, I would have stolen one of your paintings (rather all of them) ;)

  2. Thanks Gauri! Very encouraging. I do have the significant ones on my wall. Still working on where to put them all up :)

  3. Very nice Prerana! This is wonderful.

  4. The final result is mind blowing Prerana, thanks for sharing the steps! The shapes of the petals are so spontaneous!

  5. Thanks Madhuri and Padmaja. Very encouraging, helps me to get going on next ones.
    @Padmaja, nice to hear from you.. long time, haven't seen any of your paintings!?

  6. Wonderful to come across such a good work of yours. I like the use of your colors..! Nice depiction. Really cool

  7. BeautifulWorkThankYouForSharing:)

  8. Thank you for your comments Manu and SKIZO! Appreciate it!


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