36″x24″ pastel on sanded paper

“Some people grumble that roses have thorns; I am grateful that thorns have roses.”  -Alphonse Karr 1856

I love to paint roses, and the ones I encounter most grow on cacti.  Here is a collection of my recent cactus work:


The most recent is in the lower right hand corner.  It is special because I painted it 10 times bigger than I normally work!  Here is a work in progress picture on my easel (look to the right to see my coffee cup to get an idea of scale)

3 thoughts on “Thorns Have Roses

  1. Love these, Julie! Hope your summer has gone well and that we’ll run into you all soon! Much love from Sherman, Texas.

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