Taken many years ago at dawn in my front yard. As far as I know, it was a type of Organ Pipe cactus. The flowers only bloom at night and quickly begin to droop once the sun has risen.
Below is an early painting of mine using one of my photos of this flower. There are many parts I do not like in this. Mainly, it is the nit picky, tight, paint between the line parts. I think I was in transition from being nit picky to painting much more free. If I still had the painting, I'd probably paint over the parts I don't like. It belongs to my son and daughter-in-law. I do love the part with the cactus flower plus the rose and tulips. It's interesting looking at older work and seeing how I have evolved.
Zen Bloom at Dawn
24 in x 36 in
acrylic on canvas
The cropped painting more to my liking. I think it solves the problem and will re-frame it to
look like this.