Prickly Pear Night

"Prickly Pear Night"
8.5" x 5.5"
Pastel on sanded paper

The Botanic Gardens has a desert garden with a variety of cacti inside where it's cozy, dry and warm. I photographed some of their beautiful succulent plants while there the other day. Here's a stand of prickly pears that had such luscious dar foliage behind it that it appeared to be night time.  

I sprayed this piece with a matte fixative and it darkened the colors a bit. I was told not to, but I just wanted to see what would happen. I have so much to learn.