Cactus Wren and prickly pear cactus, watercolor on canvas, resin coat, 8×10
The Arizona state bird nests in the tall Saguaro cacti of the Arizona Sonora desert. They are a very common sight in the Southwest. Even the very thorny Cholla cacti won’t keep them away from a good nesting opportunity. This one is depicted sitting on a prickly pear.
I chose a more unusual technique for this painting (and had lots of fun with it), I applied watercolor on a specifically prepared canvas, then poured a solid high gloss resin coating over it.
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