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Cactus at Sunset

moai 07 Oct 2020

Painted on a 20 x 16 canvas. I added a few more cactus to the landscape, giving them some friends and the rock I used a knife with what I believe is good results. I signed it in white because I had some left over and did not feel like getting any red out. I believe this is my second attempt at this one, the first one looked bad and I painted over it.



Felix Creator of

I really like the colors in your mountain, great pick there. But I think you went a little too large on the cacti in the backgorund. Those are massive in relation to the mountain
Great sky!

It’s a tough painting for acrylic users so you should be proud. I think I redid my sky about 3-4 times and I’m still not entirely pleased with how it came out. I really like how you did the shaping of the land. The shadow and highlights really make it pop..

Felix has a point about the cacti. They are further away than the mountain and yet are still quite large in relationship to it. Those would end up being redwood tree sized cacti - I like that idea actually. Giant terrifying cacti would be awesome. But if you weren’t going for that then just remember to keep things proportional :)

I covered up two of the cacti on the left hand side with a rock mesa because I did not man for them to be so large. Sometimes the brushes have a mind of their own.

They do don’t they! That is one really nice thing about acrylics - if you don’t like it just wait 5 minutes for it to dry and paint over it. I will miss you giant redwood forest cacti!

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