Artworks Inspired by a Night-Blooming Orchid Cactus

It all started with a migraine.

I was in a life drawing class and my brain slowly ceased to function. It became stuck on the woman’s knobbly spine and the way it looked like the knobbly leaves of my orchid cactus.

This is my migraine painting.The original painting of Pastel drawing of women and the Queen of the Night (Night-blooming Cereus)After this I started  working with images of dancers and incorporating them into the cactus. The sketches were all black and white as I was in a print-making class at the time and colour printing was way beyond my skill level.
Pastel, ink and pencil drawing men dancing around the Queen of the Night (Night-blooming Cereus) Pencil and Oil Pastel Drawing of a Dancer in the Queen of the Night (Night-blooming Cereus)Large pastel drawing of the cactus and swirling dancers.
Pastel, ink and pencil drawing of women dancing around the Queen of the Night (Night-blooming Cereus) The final litho print.Litho print drawing of women dancing around the Queen of the Night (Night-blooming Cereus)A chalk sketch of the same.
Pastel drawing of women dancing around the Queen of the Night (Night-blooming Cereus) An acrylic painting on masonite of night-blooming Cereus The flower of the Queen of the Night, an orchid cactus that blooms only at night. By next morning there is just the brown bedraggled remains of the evening’s beauty. I had to get up very early to catch this!
Queen of the Night More of my paintings at https://elizabatz.wordpress.com/gallery-of-paintings/

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