Desert Blossom

Desert Blossom by Clark Sheppard

Desert Blossom (created in 1994) was my absolutely first attempt to paint a desert blossom of a Prickly Pear Cactus using watercolor. Even before moving to the Southwest from the crazy world of the Northeast, I began falling in love with iconic images of cacti, red rock formations and desert scenes. As the “pull” became stronger and stronger, I made the decision to move to Sedona, where I now find daily new inspirations to paint, right outside my window!
The “pink” color in this Desert Blossom is called “Opera” which is the name of a watercolor pigment manufactured by Holbein. I love how they come up with names for color – it’s like how they name lipstick!

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