Thursday, May 20, 2010

"Prickly Pear"




















6 x 6 oil on canvas
SOLD

Here in Texas Prickly Pear grows like a weed. I have
always
taken it for granted. This one was not particularly
prickly. While painting this and upon close observation
I
noticed for the first time just how
exotic and unique this
plant is. Exotic or Alien?
It really does look it comes from
another planet!


Each bud bursts into a big yellow flower and after
that, the juicy purple/red fruit appears. If you've ever
eaten
Prickly Pear Preserves you know just how delicious
it is...very much like Strawberry. The pulp of the leaf
also tastes great fried and
served with eggs or as a side dish.

27 comments:

Barbara M. said...

A super painting Gwen.

I can't imagine jam from this plant, or frying it
with eggs.

xoxoxoxoxBarbara

martinealison said...

Humm des figues de barbarie, non seulement j'adore ça, les manger et voici que je les croque des yeux grâce à votre belle peinture... Merci de ce doux plaisir.

Kim said...

I saw these for the first time - it was about 7 years ago - on a trip to Arizona. And I was blown away with how beautiful they were. All the cactus in fact. They are so foreign to us that they all look delightful and like nature's sculptures. Your rendition is great! LOVE it. Colourful, bright, good texture, and I can feel those blooms.

Carol DeMumbrum said...

This is beautiful Gwen!! I love the shadows and depth. One of my favorites.

Barbara Andolsek Paintings said...

I have to say I really enjoyed painting my Prickly Pear as well. And like you, the purples blew me away, beautiful purples. Never tried the preserves, I'll have to be on look-out for them. This painting is a beauty Gwen, really striking colors. Love the fruit and the shadows.

Linda said...

Wow! This is beautiful! The dark background adds a hint of drama. The colors are rich and vibrant. I love it!

Michelle said...

Didn't know a prickly pear could be so gorgeous! Love he vibrant color!

Dana Cooper said...

I love this Gwen! I particularly like how loosely you handled the flowers and all the beautiful color!

Paintings by Irit Bourla said...

This is outstanding.
I was sure that this is a photo..I hope that you take it as a compliment.
WOW!

Vern Schwarz said...

Love your painting Gwen, and I'll have to try some of that jam and leaf pulp if I ever get down to Texas.

Carol Blackburn said...

Really nice one, Gwen. I saw and took pictures of some beautiful ones in Alburquerque many moons ago. I particularly remember the one that looks like an alien with big bug eyes. Ah, the wonders of nature.

Angela Elledge said...

I love the strong, dark background and the accompanying shadows, also beautiful range of greens. My husband is from Arizona and his mother made prickly pear preserves, but he does not remember if she cooked the cactus leaf. I'll have to try it some time, do you know where I can buy it here in Dallas?

Dors said...

Great job Gwen. I don't think I have ever seen anything like this before.
It's certainly different and vibrant flowers.
Love how you have achieved the realistic cactus .

Such wonderful talent Gwen.

Jani Lori said...

Beautiful!

Edward Burton said...

This is beautiful, Gwen. I love the black background - really makes the cactus and flowers pop.

Claire Beadon Carnell said...

I remember these from my childhood in CA. Didn't know that they were edible. This is a great painting!

Dayna Talbot said...

Wow.....This is so vibrant, love the composition!

Kerri Settle said...

I love that you provide such big images so we can see all the juicy details! The texture of the flowers is fun to take in, and I love the subtle mix of colors in your greens.

Diana Marshall said...

Stunning rendition of a prickly pear cactus, what happened to all the prickles? They grow profusely in Spain where I used to live and had some mean thorns there, people grew them as protection around their properties, would keep anybody from climbing that fence!

Dayna Talbot said...

Love it,the vibrant colors, the looseness-it's great!

Kelley Carey MacDonald said...

Gwen - this is one awesome painting! I am jealous that you get this growing 'like a weed' - and let's not forget a good Prickly Pear Margarita!!! You Texas gals have such an 'alien' (to me) landscape, and I LOVE it!

Gary Keimig said...

What great little4 paintings you are doing Gwen. Just super stuff. You are surely a shoein for the top 10. Good luck.

r garriott said...

Yummy tunas! I remember my mother harvesting them for jelly in New Mexico (although how the fruit got named after a fish remains a mystery...)

I like your painting of it! Very graphic and poster-like (both really good things in my book).

suzanneberry said...

PERFECT!!! Graphic, colorful, great composition, it's perfect!

Susan E. Roden said...

Captured the essence beautifully Gwen! I have lived in Albuquerque + Texas and have grown fond of the p. pear - so pretty in bloom.

Dean Grey said...

Gwen!

I've never seen a prickly pear in person but if it's as colorful and unique looking as it appears in your painting then I've got to see one!

-Dean

Camille LaRue Olsen said...

Whoa! I'm sorry to backtrack so far on this comment but this one really stopped me in my tracks, I love it, Gwen! Such amazing color, just fantastic.