10 x 8
Pastel on UArt 500 Sanded Paper
This is the second in the series of cactus flowers. Love the golden yellows and how the light is shining through the petals. I also like the deep dark center of the flower and how all the little stamens are dancing about the pistil in the center. I realize as I am typing this that it's kind of like a metaphor for the floral reproductive process. The males are dancing around the female at the center. It's so appropriate for the day as all the animals are starting their rituals. I heard the male hummingbirds doing their aerial dance to impress the ladies. It's that little whirring sound as they do the big looping arcs in the sky. I don't always see the guy, sometimes I just hear him. Yes, spring has sprung, the dance begins.
Here's a couple of progress shots below. I started with a hard pastel color block in followed by an alcohol wash.
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