Meet Myrtill…

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There is a cactus, named Whortleberry, that I am obsessed with. It is a large cactus, over 10′ tall that has such intriguing small dark burgundy clustered buds. From those tiny clustered buds come the most graceful 1″ in diameter translucent white flowers. Unless you look directly at this cactus you would never notice the buds or flowers. Last  year I took a photo of it while on a neighborhood walk and then searched the botanical gardens here to find the one large specimen they had. It’s the first one that blooms in Spring and I’m surprised how few people stop and look at it.

I have been working on this painting for months in an attempt to capture just what a magical cactus it is!

Myrtill
18″ x 36″
Oil on Canvas