ARTmonday: 12 Cactus Paintings

Before we get to the cactus paintings, I want to tell you a little cactus story.

Last summer I was surprised to find cacti growing in the sand along the parking spaces at a small beach in Truro on the Cape. It looked as though  someone planted them on a retaining wall, and they spread to the ground, or rather, the beach. I can’t believe I never noticed them before. Could they all have grown over a single year?

They were quite rugged; pale green with short but very coarse and sharp spines. I had to have one. It was a lot more difficult to pull it up than I thought, and I was treated to lots of little prickly stuff in my fingers. (Because I’m not careful like that.) I brought a little one home, stuck it in a small pot with some sandy dirt, and left it on the porch.

A few months ago my husband was out there and brought it home, thinking winter would surely not serve this cactus well. (I will be curious to see how all the cacti in the parking lot look this summer.) We put it in a sunny spot on the back windowsill, and while the original plant didn’t look very healthy, it sprouted.

The new growth is green and very tall; three times the size of the original plant. I replanted it in store-bought cactus/succulent soil in a larger pot. If the cleaning people would stop watering it, I suspect it will grow to be very strong. (It’s currently kind of droopy, with a chopstick holding it up.) I’m kind of amazed. Nature.

Cape Cod Cactus In StyleCarrot's Living Room

Cape cactus.

Here are 12 cactus paintings, mostly still lifes.

Painting of Cactus And Houseplants in Interior

Laura Garcia Serventi

Colorful Painting of Cactus On Black Background

Cactus, Elena Glanopoulou

Abstract Cactus Landscape Painting

King Harvest Has Surely Come, Gareth Kemp

Still Life Painting Of Three Cactus Plants

Christine McArthur

Cactus Terrarium Illustration

Crystal Cactus, Cactus Club 

Geometric Cactus Illustration Print On Etsy

Geometric Cactus, Exile Printed

Cactus In Pink Pot Still Life Painting Affordable Artwork

Cactus, Grace

Illustration Of Assorted Cactus Plants In Pots

Curious Cacti, Sarah Walsh 

Cactus On Tiled Sill Illustration Artwork

Elena Boils

Illustration of Cactus In Striped Geometric Pot

Cactus, Elisabeth Fredriksson

Oversize Cactus Painting

Cactus, Tadija Janicic 

Affordable Artwork Of Retro Cactus Still LIfe

Retro Cactus, Cool Hang

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Sunday Bouquet: Urban Garden Blur

Urban Garden In South End Boston

Photo by Marni Elyse Katz/StyleCarrot

I took this photography last year at a community garden in the South End.

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Saturday Say It: Resigned

OK Text Art By Erika Adams

ok, Erika Adams

Adams investigates how power and meaning are embedded in text and form.

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Get the Look: 56 Upholstered Benches

Although our master bath is the least pleasant room in our condo, we’ve ignored it for whole time we’ve lived here. Bathroom renovations, as you know, are expensive. Instead, a few years ago we opted to reconfigure our main living space, turning the open playroom into a family room with large glass French doors to block sound, creating a proper entry and huge coat closet, adding a banquette for dining, and relocating my desk to the other side for privacy and peace.

Well, now we are finally taking on the master bathroom. We don’t have proper plans yet, but the idea is to absorb some of our long, unused hallway and decrease the actual bedroom size in order to make a large bathroom with a large bathtub. Plus a decent closet for me. (My husband has the walk-in and my stuff is scattered here and there. )

Probably we will have to lose the white cotton duck sofa that currently sits at the foot of our bed. We don’t really use it much, mostly it was so our son could sneak in at night and sleep there without disturbing us by climbing into the bed. But given that he’s 14 and 5’11” that’s no longer an issue. Probably we will replace it with an upholstered bench.

Here are 56 upholstered bench styles perfect for the bedroom or entryway. Yes, I got carried away, but this should ensure that both you and I find the upholstered bench we need.

Modern Upholstered Benches For The Bedroom

1 Jonathan Alder Double X-Bench  

2 Florence Knoll Two-Seater Bench

3 Blu Dot Bank Bench 

4 Jonathan Adler Mongolian Lamb Bench 

5 Jennifer Taylor Upholstered Bench

Indo Indigo Storage Bench

7 Arteriors Rayburn Black Suede & Stainless Bench

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Modern Upholstered Benches For The Bedroom

8 Noguchi Free Form Ottoman

9 Silvestre Metal Entryway Bench  

10 Double Bench

11 Jonathan Alder Chippendale Bench 

12 Moller Model 63A Bench

13 Buffalo Check Double X Bench

14 West Elm Upholstered Storage Bench

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Modern Upholstered Benches For The Living Room

15 Jonathan Alder Mongolian Lamb Bench 

16 Blue Ikat Upholstered Napier Bench

17 Jonathan Alder Mongolian Lamb Bench

18 Jonathan Alder Mongolian Lamb Bench

19 Royal Blue Tufted Splendor Storage Bench

20 Canopy Stripe Double X Bench with Nailheads

21 Lucia Bench

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Modern Upholstered Benches For The Living Room

22 Hot Pink Velvet Edlyn Bench

23 Folio Bonded Leather Bench 

24 Mid-Century Blue Linen Upholstered Bench

25 Cisco Brothers Tufted Bench

26 Cisco Brothers Grill Bench

27 Calypsa Upholstered Hairpin Bench

28 Dauphin Bobo Bench

29 DwellStudio Harper Waterfall Bench

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Modern Upholstered Benches For The Bedroom

30 Mitchell Gold Mosaic Leather Bench

31 Duxbury Bench  

32 Reynolds Cheetah Bench with Pewter Nailheads

33 Jonathan Adler Jacques Bench 

34 Safavieh Champagne Velvet Bench

35 Mitchell Gold Cowhide Bench

36 Cisco Brothers Kilim Upholstered Bench

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Modern Upholstered Benches For The Bedroom

37 Nala Upholstered Bench In Turquoise Print

38 Coalesse Millbrae Green Upholstered Bench

39 Tufted Linen and Metal Bench

40 Cavett Leather Bench

41 Safavieh Hampton Pillowtop Bench 

42 Serena & Lily Bruno Bench 

43 Tropical Palm Print Storage Bench

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Modern Upholstered Benches For The Entry

44 Antonia Tufted Mid-Century Bench  

45 Jasmine Storage Bench

46 Miami White Faux Leather Bench

47 Cavett Walnut Bench With Woven Upholstery

48 Ashley Goldberg Abstract Print Bench

49 Safavieh Levi Hot Pink Upholstered Bench  

50 Redford House Bench With Shelf

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Modern Upholstered Benches For The Entry

51 Chloe Kilim Bench  

52 Graphite Velvet Taylor Bench with Bolsters

53 Mustard Tweed Mid-Century Modern Bench 

54 Rowan Upholstered Bench  

55 Corrado Bench 

56 Vioski Metro Bench 

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ARTmonday: 10 Runners For Marathon Monday

It’s Marathon Monday here in Boston. The weather is gorgeous. There are tons of people out and about. It looks like it will be a very happy day. Here are ten artworks featuring runners in honor of The Boston Marathon. Enjoy your day off! (Yep, most of us get the day off on Marathon Monday.) Cheers.

Marathon Related Artwork Runners

Runner at Rest, 2015    Katherine Bradford
Fred Giampietro Gallery    Artsy

Marathon Related Artwork Runners

Pyongyang City Marathon, 2012    Ari Hatsuzawa
Museum of Contemporary Photography    Artsy

Marathon Related Artwork Runners

Track and Field   Nigel Parkinson, Jr.    Vango Art

Marathon Related Artwork Runners

Runners    Nicole McHugh    Society6

Marathon Related Artwork Runners

number 94 Black and White Marathon    Heather Blanton     Saatchi Art

Marathon Related Artwork Runners

Marathon    Luke O’Bray  •  Society6

Marathon Related Artwork Runners

Champion Girl    Alexandra Moskalenko    Saatchi Art

Marathon Related Artwork Runners

Wheelchair Marathoner    Sabino Caputo    Saatchi Art

Marathon Related Artwork Runners

I went running out into your yard    Christy Powers    Saatchi Art

Marathon Related Artwork Runners

Running boy    Pedro Abreu    Saatchi Art

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