Thursday, March 24, 2011

Saguaro Cactus, Desert Botanical Gardens, Arizona

" Saguaro...Desert Sentinel "
Copyright 2011 J. Bellinger

A portrait of this amazing giant cactus. I so enjoyed depicting this wonder of nature. Seeing so many in Arizona is a great example of results from protecting very slow growing plants! A Saguaro that is just a pup, say, 10" high is already 10 years old..they don't get an "arm" until they are 75 years old.
We are down to our last 4 days of the show. It has been an amazing experience having 10 weeks devoted to my art. I have made some wonderful friends, shared my painting process with hundreds if not thousands of art lovers, other artists and collectors. Watching how my fellow artists approach their own artwork has been enlightening. My head is spinning with art on all levels. I am looking forward to some quiet time when I get home to reflect on it all!


emily said...

I love this painting, the colours make it look so realistic

Jennifer Bellinger said...

Thanks, Emily. I wanted the effect to be portrait-like and have a feeling of being important in the landscape.

Ruth Andre said...

Your paintings are lovely and the Saguaro is just gorgeous.

Jennifer Bellinger said...

Thanks so much, Ruth! I will be going back to Scottsdale for the Celebration of Fine Art 2012..can't wait to find more cactus to paint!