Everyone knows the iconic Saguaro cactus. The saguaro cactus are a cultural symbol of the American southwest. Their recognizable image can be seen everywhere and in many styles and forms. I became inspired by these massive plants when I first arrived in the Sonoran Desert. Slowly reaching for the sky, they grow as tall as trees, bearing the heat of the naked sun year round. this minimal landscape watercolor painting
It takes thick skin to live in such a hostile environment. Yet these beasts of the desert grow as dense as forests in parts of the Sonoran desert. They grow an internal wooden skeleton, surrounded by thick calloused flesh and punctuated with dense thorns.
The form of the saguaro is what interests me for these drawings. Using hard lines I defined the intricate tangle of arms with black ink. I used watercolor to accent the changing colors of the shadows and highlights. The drawing is hand cut and folded ever so slightly. As a result the drawing has feeling of volume and dimension.
This minimal landscape watercolor painting is based off of an actual saguaro found in Catalina State park in Tucson Arizona.
Shipped framed and ready to hang, this minimal landscape watercolor painting make the perfect accent to any space out of the box! These are the original drawings so they’re one of a kind and signed.
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Watercolor and ink on cut paper, 5×7 inches.