Cactus, cacti, cactuses. Do you know how many of them I’ve killed throughout ...
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Cactus, cacti, cactuses. Do you know how many of them I’ve killed throughout the years? Out of too much love? (...or maybe just too much watering)

Too much care is not necessarily a good thing, and I’m still learning that sometimes I need to “leave well enough alone.” An adage I have still not mastered, like when I overwork a painting or shower my plants with too much love.

However, it seems 2020 might be the year I am finally learning! After decades of not listening to the generous advice of my family and friends, I realized I really should leave my cacti alone. And they bloomed!!!! They are now colorful and magnificent and so so beautiful. I couldn’t pass up the chance to paint them (who knows if I’ll remember this lesson by next year), and was very proud to paint my Christmas Cacti. This painting is not just a “Christmas cactus,” it’s a sign I actually have a green thumb. (But don’t worry, I still killed one recently. I really wish they’d just accept my love!)


Title: Christmas Cactus
Year: 2020
Size: 8x8
Media: Oil paint on Canvas Panel
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