“Desert Charm” is the first painting in a series of desert cactus flowers. The original watercolor is 30×22″ and is painted on 140 lb Arches watercolor paper.

When you think about the desert, what do you think about first? Sand, lots of sand, sand storms that sting the eyes, baron stretches of land, land with very little vegetation, and heat, unbearable heat are all things that came to mind when I thought about it. What a delightful surprise the cactus flowers were for me. Someone once told me that cactus flowers were evidence that God intended all to have beauty as he painted these beautiful flowers in n otherwise harsh environments.

One spring in Arizona and I was hooked. I loved the southwest and knew this beautiful land would be a major influence in my painting.


  • kappisan
    kappisanover 5 years ago

    Lovely painting!:)
    Well Done!:)
    (i’ve got a book about Australian-Dessert flowers,so…i know!;p)

  • S .
    S .over 5 years ago

    gorgeous artwork .. this totally blew my mind… love it

  • franticflagwave
    franticflagwaveover 5 years ago

    Lovely painting Joy, I very much enjoyed!

  • Cal Kimola Brown
    Cal Kimola Brownover 5 years ago

    I am so enjoying your work Joy.

  • Joy Skinner
    Joy Skinnerover 5 years ago

    Your comments were a bright spot in my day … thankyou. Desert charm was the first painting in a series of desert flowers, so watch for more.

  • moguesy
    moguesyover 5 years ago

    love the reds—can’t wait to see more of the series!!! congrats in the homepage feature!

  • I have posted 3 other desert series paintings … Hope you like them.

    – Joy Skinner

  • GittiArt
    GittiArtover 5 years ago

    Great work …bravo Joy !!!

  • Antanas
    Antanasover 5 years ago

    lovely work…

  • nishagandhi
    nishagandhiover 5 years ago


  • Rina Botha
    Rina Bothaover 5 years ago

    Love it!

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