It was the final day of the Plein Air Convention and I wanted to paint the Saguaros. All week long I tried putting them in my paintings. They are tricky to paint. I found it challenging to make them look natural....like they belong in the landscape without being too contrived. I decided it would be good to settle down and just paint one up close.
The last day of the convention was devoted to an all day paint out at Picacho Peak State Park. Many of the artists had left but there was still a good size gathering at the park. Marsha and I arrived early and I staked a spot under the pavilion. It was a great shady spot with beautiful views. Soon I was joined by other artists and we had a great time painting together.
I had fun doing a watercolor underpainting for my cactus painting. I think I had just as much fun with the underpainting as the pastel application. I also enjoyed watching the birds perch on the top of my cactus model. How do they do that?