daily painting | berkeley cacti

I was wandering down 4th St in Berkeley to a coffee shop to meet a friend and noticed this unpretentious little cactus garden along the sidewalk. It was a cold, cloudy day but the humble juxtaposition of cactus and golden-yellow flowers against the red fence was lovely. Berkeley has the most interesting front yard plant life! Exotic varieties of plants and flowers. It’s really fun to wander through the neighborhoods (this one a mix of industrial and artsy; clapboard homes built more than half a century ago and art studios that used to be factories). I liked the slightly decayed heart-shaped cactus leaf (middle-right), and tried to make the cactus on the left appear less phallic, but that’s pretty much what it looked like. This scene was a charming combo of blooming flowers, falling-over prickly cactus protuberations (yes, I am trying to impress you with my vocabulary) and industrial fencing. Thanks for forgiving me the long break in posting; been recovering from quite the nasty cold but today will bring out my paints again to try and capture more Berkeley flora.

6″ x 8″ watercolor, pen on paper = $60