These are such fun pieces!  Each one measures 8"x8" and I put them in a black floater frame so nothing would compete with the bold colors and textures.  I started with New Yorker Magazine pages that I glued to the canvas.  Then I set about creating fun textures with different objects before deciding what kind of cactus would go with each background.  In some I incorporated jewels and others just more texture.

Rainbow Cactus/Sold
Rainbow Cactus/Sold

Old New Yorker magazine pages create the base layer for these fun pieces. 8"x8" Acrylic Mixed Media on Canvas in Black Floater Frame

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Stella & Her Friends
Stella & Her Friends

Old New Yorker magazine pages create the base layer for these fun pieces. 8"x8" Acrylic Mixed Media on Canvas in Black Floater Frame

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Pink Cactus/Sold
Pink Cactus/Sold

Old New Yorker magazine pages create the base layer for these fun pieces. 8"x8" Acrylic Mixed Media on Canvas in Black Floater Frame

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Jeweled Cactus
Jeweled Cactus

Old New Yorker magazine pages create the base layer for these fun pieces. 8"x8" Acrylic Mixed Media on Canvas in Black Floater Frame

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Blue Cactus
Blue Cactus

Old New Yorker magazine pages create the base layer for these fun pieces. 8"x8" Acrylic Mixed Media on Canvas in Black Floater Frame

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Larry, Daryl, Daryl & Moe
Larry, Daryl, Daryl & Moe

Old New Yorker magazine pages create the base layer for these fun pieces. 8"x8" Acrylic Mixed Media on Canvas in Black Floater Frame

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For 25 years my husband, Cruz, and I have been traveling to New Orleans.  Every time I'm inspired by the beautiful paintings of oysters that we see in the local galleries and every time I swear I'm going to paint oysters when I get home.  Well I finally did it!  The first three paintings are 30"x30" acrylic on canvas. I really enjoy the stretch of painting on a large surface.  It makes me have to pause and step back to take it all in.  The next 6 are 8"x8" acrylic mixed media on canvas in a black floater frame.  They are painted on New Yorker Magazine pages glued to canvas.  Some text and images can be seen through the paint in different areas.  I think it creates great visual texture.