Desert-Blossom-Watercolor

Desert Blossom Prickly Pear Cactus

Desert Blossom by Clark Sheppard

This Sedona Landscape painting of Desert Blossom (created in 1994) was my first attempt to paint a desert blossom of a Prickly Pear Cactus using watercolor.  The 2nd was “Sedona Cactus.” Even before moving to the Southwest from the crazy world of the Northeast, I began falling in love with iconic images of cacti, Sedona landscapes, and desert images.  As the “pull” became stronger and stronger, I decided to move to Sedona, where I now find daily new inspirations to paint, I delight-in having this 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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