Friday, January 15, 2016

"30 Paintings in 30 Days" - Day 15 - Cactus Flowers

I love it when cacti have flowers on them, but for some reason I never get to see them in full bloom. The reference photo for this painting was from photos I took along the promenade in Manhattan Beach when I was there for a wedding this summer. This is 5 x 5 inches.

If you have time and would like to check the other paintings done for Leslie Saeta's challenge you can look here:

Just when I thought I had done my last Christmas themed painting, along came another opportunity. My friend, Gina, had a few sketchers over last week since we hadn't met at all through the holidays. We planned on ordering sushi and then sketching since her house was still totally decorated. I just couldn't resist sketching this stocking, even though it meant I was sketching in a different room from everyone else.


  1. The stocking is a hoot Joan, I can understand why you wanted to paint it! The cactus is lovely - if one can say that about something prickly - lol

  2. Lovely Joan! ...and only 15 more days to go with the challenge!

  3. I like the composition of the cactus! And I love the stocking -- unique and fun!

  4. Absolutely LOVE both these paintings! The cactus is gorgeous! Love the little red cardinals on the mantle piece!