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This painting is one of several in a series influenced by the colorful Sonoran Desert skies and cacti; in specific those found in Mesa, Arizona. In Cactus of Color 1 the artist captured some of the red and purple tones that are often streaked with yellow in the sunset skies of Arizona. She paired this background with three saguaro cactus that show the varying sizes and shapes they can be found in The artist also painted her signature style of various tones of spines on the cacti. She does this after having studied cactus in different lighting and locations and finding that there really are varying colors – red, blues, purples, whites, yellows, greens, and so much more. Marcia takes the liberty to exaggerate these colors and adds colors that fit the mood she is in at the time she is creating a piece of artwork. . . . .When the artist moved from her home state of Oregon in 2008, she expected to miss the wonderful colors found in the vegetation, mountains, hills, and the floors of the Willamette valley that were her stomping grounds for many years. She was pleasantly surprised to fall in love with the colors found in the Sonoran Desert. Right in her own backyard and neighborhood, everywhere she visits throughout the day, she is greeted with the colors found in her new desert world. . . . .It is said that for each arm that a saguaro has it represents approximately 25 years of life; some of these cacti must have some interesting stories to tell.
December 4th, 2012
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