Wednesday, April 29, 2015
Palms and coconuts are popular subjects for artists here in Southwest Florida especially since such paintings are in demand in local galleries. However it's my opinion the intrigue in painting them is the challenge posed by the intricate variety of fronds, shadows they cast and the never ending and ever evolving fibrous outgrowth palm trees produce along with the coconuts themselves.
So is the coconut a fruit, a nut or a "drupe" (drupe being a fruit with a hard stony covering enclosing the seed )? We are told the coconut can be all three, a fruit, a nut and a seed.
Palms consistently show up in my paintings but this is a first attempt to capture ripening coconuts with bright sunlight casting dancing colorful shadows. I may revisit SUNLIT COCONUTS but for now its ready for a signature!