Have you ever seen something, have it stay on your mind and then you keep returning back to it? This sounds crazy but... that is how I felt about this flower when I looked at a photograph while doing detail research. I am still amazed at the beauty of cactus and its flower.

It was love at first sight.

I found that it is an Echinopsis Terscheckii also known as the Cardon Grande. Sometimes called the Argentine saguaro. It has huge flowers measuring up to 8" across. They open after dark, are extremely fragrant and stay open until the next afternoon. Immediately my thoughts were about its fleeting beauty and how sad the flower didn't last longer.

This prompted me to paint its portrait and write a poem about it. 
(Reference photo courtesy of
Barbara Fraatz thula-photography.)

Only For One Night

12" x 12"
Oil on 1.5" Gallery Wrapped Canvas
in Black Floater Frame 13.5" x 13.5" x 2"

Original Oil Painting
$550

Only For One Night
               
by Nancy Palmisano

 

In the darkness of the night
I see a vision enticing me
Moonlight shining on your face.
You dance so free in the gentle breeze
I want to gaze at you forever
Maybe, if only for one night.

Your scent is so alluring

There's no question of your beauty
I am drawn to all you are.
Holding breath, my heart beats faster
I dare not turn my eyes off you
Even only for one night.

Sunrise brightens up the morning
A heavy sigh that you're still here
Cherishing you stayed a while.
Yet, I know time gives no favors
For by midday you are gone
It was only for one night.

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New Beginnings
12" x 12"
Oil on 1.5" Gallery Wrapped Canvas
in Black Floater Frame
13.5" x 13.5" x 2"
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$450



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When the seasons change and the weather gets warmer, I look forward to seeing new growth starting in my garden. I anticipate the 'big show' of my prickly pear cactus. All the buds are forming on the pads. They're tightly closed basking in the sun... just waiting to burst open. Soon I'll see the petal color starting to emerge and unfold... in NEW BEGINNINGS.
 
Prime Time
12" x 12"
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13.5" x 13.5" x 2"
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$450



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Fully dressed, with petals extending wide open, the prickly pear flower is perched on a pedestal and moves into center stage... it is PRIME TIME. The pollinating bees buzz and dance around the flowers like there's a celebration going on. And rightly so, since the blossoms only last a day before they begin to close. When the flower falls off, what remains is the pedestal, which is called the fruit.
Seeds of Rebirth
12" x 12"
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13.5" x 13.5" x 2"
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The flowers may be gone but it is not the end. What remains is the 'fruit' that held the flowers up. It will change color as it matures. Each fruit is filled with pulp and SEEDS OF REBIRTH. They are an edible delight for birds, squirrels, jackrabbits, and other desert dwellers as well as humans. The seeds will be dropped and new growth will begin, repeating the rebirth of the prickly pear cactus.
 
The Fall Collection
20" x 16"

Oil on 1.5" Gallery Wrapped Canvas
Framed in black floater frame 
21 3/8" x 17 3/8"
 
$1000

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Autumn is my favorite season. I love fall colors. But in the desert of Arizona, it's not as abundant as back east in Buffalo, NY where I grew up.

So, when visiting my daughter in Chicago during peak fall season, I took the opportunity to select perfect leaves and pinecones. I arranged them carefully on her outdoor woven ottoman and captured The Fall Collection.

Niagara
Original Oil Painting on Canvas Panel
Image size is 16" x 20"
Professionally Framed 18 7/8" x 22 7/8"
Silver Foil with Scratched Black Edges Wood Frame
$1000

I found plenty of pictures of Niagara Falls in my photo box. I am originally from
western NY state. Born in Buffalo, got married, and lived on Grand Island.
It's a pork chop shaped island in the middle of the Niagara River. We lived on the sixth 5-acre lot from the river edge. We'd often take a walk down to the river and we could see the mist of Niagara Falls in the distance. And Canada was what appeared to be a stone's throw across the river. It is a beautiful area. I miss its three seasons, spring, summer and fall... but disliked the long, cold snowy winters. There are plenty of family and friends there so I know we'll go back and visit again. 

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Stand In the Light received the BRONZE AWARD in the Camelback Gallery Juried International My Best Work of 2020 competition.

This painting was started in June of 2020 and completed in July 2020. With the virus spreading and buinesses and places closing, I wanted to paint a little sunshine... and sunflowers are such happy flowers! It took me several weeks to complete because of the layers and detail.

To me THIS IS MY BEST WORK of 2020.

Stand In the Light
30" x 15"

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It's hard not to smile when you see a sunflower. They are such a happy flower. I can remember growing them when I was a young girl. In this painting you can feel the warmth of the light shining on the tall sunflower petals and stem. In general, as they grow, they have a tendency to face the sun. Their yellow color symbolizes vitality, intelligence, happiness and also traditionally symbolizes friendship. Sunflowers are also associated with spiritual knowledge and the desire to seek truth and light. This sunflower is standing in the light.

Aquatic Symphony
24" x 18"

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$1100



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In Aquatic Symphony, you can almost see the graceful melodic dance of the lotus flower and pods swaying in the light fog. It gives a zen-like feel with a turquoise blue background and green leaves that have hints of purple and gold. Back when I made silk floral arrangements, many times I used the dried conical pods to add interest to the floral design. The lotus flower is fragrant and symbolizes beauty, grace, harmony, spiritual knowledge and serenity.

Where Love Begins
24" x 24"

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Original Oil Painting
 $1300



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Prickly pear cactus are abundant in Arizona. The pads and flowers come in a variety of colors. The flat pads look like large thick leaves and have clusters of fine spines that protect the plant. I love this one in my garden because of its bright orange color. When I see the cactus pads full of buds, the anticipation begins... waiting and watching for them to open and display their beauty. The great thing is that they don't open all at once, which makes it a long blooming delightful show! When the sunlight shines on them, the petals glow with illuminating color. This is where my love begins!

Bright and Beautiful
12" x 12"
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A few years ago, I purchased a small package of sunflower seeds. I planted the seeds and this beautiful flower grew. It must have been a different variation of sunflower because it didn't look like a regular tall plant I was used to. The flower was short, maybe less than 12" high with an interesting center and had huge leaves. I took photos of this plant so I could remember it. I loved the soft delicate petals with the curls, twists and turns they made. This flower is truely bright and beautiful.
 
Almost Paradise
12" x 12"

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My husband and I went to Hawaii on our honeymoon and I immediately fell in love with all the tropical flowers. My favorite was the bird of paradise and I figured I would plant one in my garden when I got back home. Sadly, I found out they do not grow in Buffalo, NY. It wasn't until we moved to Arizona in 1998 when I saw the bird of paradise growing in the yard of a house we were viewing. We didn't buy this house but now I knew I could plant my own. After purchasing our home, I soon made it to the nursery and bought two bird of paradise (sterlitzia) plants. Now I get plenty of my own blooms which makes me feel like it's almost paradise.
 
Love is a Rose
12" x 12"

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One of my favorite places in Arizona to go and explore is the Phoenix Botanical Gardens. They have so many garden trails loaded with desert vegetation and other unique plants. It is home to thousands of species of cactus, trees and flowers from all around the world. One bright sunny day at PBG, I photographed this orange rose. The sun shining on the petals made it look like it was glowing. I took a photograph so I could save the image. When looking thru my photo box, I thought it would be great to paint and try to catch that glow. This is one of my favorite roses that I love.
Always and Forever
20" x 16"

Oil on 1.5" Gallery Wrapped Canvas

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After weeks of updating our masterbath, it came time for the finishing touches and I needed something for the wall near my vanity. I wanted a water scene and these swans with their elongated, curved necks and white feathers stood out. My masterbath was done in neutrals, grays and taupes and I didn't want blue water. A good friend, who is also an artist, suggested I paint the whole work in neutrals... even the water. I wasn't sure how I'd like that but as I started, I immediately knew it was the right direction. In the research of painting these swans, I've learned that swans have been counted among the few animal species that form lifelong pair bondsmate for life...  so I named it always and forever. 
Essence of Joy
30" x 15"
Oil on 1.5" Gallery Wrapped Canvas
Original Oil Painting
$945



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​Every spring, I've gone to Costco and purchased their cut lilies. They have stately long stems and large fragrant  flowers... and most times it's too strong of a scent! But that scent reminds me of springtime and Easter. I photographed these beauties outside and created this painting from individual photos. It is an essence of joy for any season.
Staring at the Sun
18" x 24"
Oil on 1.5" Gallery Wrapped Canvas

Original oil painting in private collection
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You may have noticed, this is a different angle of the same sunflower titled Bright and Beautiful. Years ago, I purchased a small package of sunflower seeds. I planted them and this beautiful flower grew. It must have been a different variation of sunflower because it didn't look like a regular tall plant I was used to. The flower was short, maybe less than 12" high with an interesting center and had huge leaves. I loved the soft delicate petals with the curls, twists and turns. I took several photos of this plant. This one looked like its face was turned and was starring at the sun... so I used this one for my first oil painting. 
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