Thursday, January 19, 2017
Day Nineteen - 30 in 30 Challenge
When we think of Florida, images of blue ocean, white sand, and swaying palm trees come to mind. Our warm tropical climate makes it one of the best places in the world for growing palm trees. The selection of palms one can use in landscaping is almost unlimited with about 2500 species from which to choose. Our state tree is the sabal palm (Sabal palmetto) commonly referred to as cabbage palm. If you live in Florida, you have enjoyed "swamp cabbage" but that's another subject for another painting and blog post.
For artists the trunks and fronds are never ending sources for paintings - in different lighting conditions, colors change with the brown fronds picking up hot oranges and soft magentas. Greens vary from blue greens to yellow greens, and purples and lavenders are always there in shadows. Trunk textures and colors vary greatly.
Today was a short studio day and the perfect chance to study yet another palm.