Cactus Fruit

A new series of fruit and vegetables completed with a quick proportion pencil sketch and then watercolor with no ink. Cactus Fruit from the Indian Fig Opuntia and is commonly referred in most culinary uses as a Prickly Pear”. Prickly pears typically grow with flat, rounded cladodes (also called platyclades) armed with two kinds of spines; large, smooth, fixed spines and small, hairlike prickles called glochids, that easily penetrate skin and detach from the plant. Many types of prickly pears grow into dense, tangled structures and the fruit is delicious once you get past the thorns. Daniel Smith and Holbein watercolors in a Stillman and Birn sketchbook.

2016-03-03 Cactus Fruit



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