Forgot to take a photo of the underpainting, but here you can see it with some of the early steps of painting over it using my entire palette.
My first step is to do a tonal drawing on the panel in Burnt Sienna
Here I have completed the first layer of color. I seek to find the median colors of all areas while staying true to the values I made note of in the monochromatic underpainting
The Burnt Sienna value study
The first layer of color
I love seeing the stages the fruit goes through, from small nub to breaking open and offering it's seeds. The sculptural quality of cactus is so satisfying - catching light and casting shadow, creating stripes of bright, warm colors and deep cool shadows. Oh, and the mixed message of the lush, shapely fruit and the bristling defense of all those spines delights me.
I was stopped in my tracks by this Angel's Trumpet one memorable afternoon in Santa Barbara. My husband and I joined my brother and sister-in-law for a weekend of exploring. We walked through countless breathtaking gardens nestled between the purple foothills and the wide Pacific, and these Trumpets called to me!