Walking Stick Cactus (also known as the cane cholla or tree cholla) is a cactus found in the Southwestern United States and northern Mexico. It often presents itself as a shrub or even a tree, which bears long-lasting yellowish fruits following colorful blooms. The cactus wren is a bird that inhabits the arid regions of the southwest and is often found around yucca, mesquite or saguaro; it nests in cactus plants, sometimes in a hole in a saguaro, or where the prickly cactus spines of a cholla or yucca provide protection from predators. “Walking Stick Cactus and Wren,”
Information about the artist, this image, and its creation: I am an old-school painter with many years of traditional experience. In recent years, I and many other artists, have developed their talent by using software to create digital art that is unique. The picture presented here, never existed in real life as a photo captured by a camera. This image started with a composite of photos and digitally hand-painted images that were first layered in Photoshop. The outcome is a unique image entirely. If you enlarge the image sufficiently, you will observe brush strokes and colors that were not produced by camera or by a paint brush. These strokes are painted by hand using digital software. I love and respect the art of photography and traditional art forms. However, the creation of this image exists beyond what the camera photographs. This alternative dimension of visual art steps beyond photography and outside the scope of oils, charcoal, pastels, acrylics, or watercolor. I hope that this vital and distinct form of art will continue to gain wider acceptance and respect among art enthusiasts and my fellow artists.
November 20th, 2018
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