Today’s nature palette takes inspiration from my beloved desert. Particularly the cholla (pronounced choy-ah) cactus. The pale yellow spines of cholla present a serious and unforgiving warning for any soul unlucky enough to touch it. The lattice work of spines are actually modified leaves. In the desert landscape of extremes, many cactus have evolved spines to conserve water and provide shade for their succulent stems, further reducing water loss. They also provide protection against predators. What better way to to protect your water-filled stem from being eaten, than with sharp, painful spines?
Use the hardy spirit of the cholla to inspire a character or setting. Let some or all of the colors found in its earthy palette inspire you.
After creating this palette, I was inspired to try painting with it, see the photo below. I wonder how it will inspire you?
Images and painting by M. Hedgecock
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