Monday, May 17, 2010

Palm Tree Trio

One of my fav artists Dana Cooper painted a set of palm trees on one of her recent posts. I told her I have wanted to try and paint palm trees and love the way she rendered hers. She told me she wanted to see how I would treat the subject.

They may be a simple subject for others but this took me 2 days, wiping, repainting and repositioning the third palm. I'm not entirely happy with it but its a start.





20x16, oil on board

33 comments:

dominique eichi said...

SO lovely........ that sky is fabulous !

-Don said...

...and a GREAT start it is... Kudos on challenging yourself. I think you'll be able to mark palm trees off your challenge list now. :-)

-Don

Becky Joy said...

Sheila, The colors turned out great. The thick paint is good. You probably learned more in this than something that goes in easily. I think we learn more from our mistakes and trying and trying again. Good job!

Kathy said...

The colors are great and your brushwork is so effective! Lovely.

AutumnLeaves said...

I think this is so pretty, Sheila. The sky colors are gorgeous, the odd growing third palm is perfect; I've seen them grow this way! You've handled the fronds so wonderfully well too!

Angela Elledge said...

Sheila, this is wonderful. You really emphasized the negative space with the placement of the trees. I say, very well done!

Catherine Jeffrey said...

Lovely Sheila. I like how you have captured the light coming through the palm leaves. I feel like I am on a beach, sun going down, Margarita in hand, Bob Marley tunes softly playing in the back ground :)

suzanneberry said...

Oh my, Sheila!!! I haven't been able to visit for a few days and wow, have you been busy. Thanks for the link to Dana's blog, amazing work! Her brushwork is incredible and reminds me of yours. First, Dubious Welcome is simply stunning! I absolutely love everything you've done here since I last visited!!! Paint on! Bravo!

Pam Holnback said...

Another great thing about blogging, the inspiration and motivation we get from other artists! I hope you do more palm trees. How funny you mentioned Dana. I got am email from her yesterday that she'll be in my town and hope we can meet for coffee depending on her schedule, which will be busy. Another great thing about blogging...I never would have even known her (any blogger) several years ago.

Lauren Maurer said...

Man, Sheila, I think these look great! I alwyas stuggle with palms, too, and you'd think they would be so easy! Very tricky!!

Carol DeMumbrum said...

Shelia, beautiful job!! I love palm trees, you have inspired me to try a palm tree painting. I also really love the chair painting you painted recently.

Anthony Duce said...

Good looking palm trees to me. Like the drama in the colors of your sky

Elizabeth Chapman said...

Peaceful and calm feeling to this painting. Beautiful!!

Carrie Griesemer said...

This is really nice, I LOVE your sky too.

Sheila Estep said...

Beautiful color choices and I like the unity of bringing the colors of the sky into the trees. Nice!

Edward Burton said...

Great job, Sheila. That sky is incredible.

Manon Doyle said...

The palm trees look so perfect against that sky!! Your wiping and repainting has paid off!!

Judy Mackey said...

Beautiful and I'm entirely happy with it! - cheers, Judy

Krista Hasson said...

Very nice, great colors. I see you have been very busy lately, great work. I love you style and your brushwork, you make me want to take up oil :)

Kelley Carey MacDonald said...

Sheila - I think you should NOT worry about how you paint palm trees - these are TDF! Now I need a cold drink and a good book, and comfy lounge chair - and I'm climbing right in your painting!
Ken Auster also has an interesting method for painting palm trees. He makes a 'lollipop' and cuts in with a brush full of sky, then puts some highlights on the front fronds.

Celeste Bergin said...

palm trees are tough! You should be pleased.

martinealison said...

Maintenant que vous avez réussi à peindre merveilleusement bien ces palmiers ma chère Sheila, aurai-je le privilège un jour de vous y retrouver perchée ? Léo, le toucan...
Il n'est pas simple de peindre des palmiers, je vous félicite. Beau challenge et réussi car ils sont nés... ces palmiers!
Bises

Art with Liz said...

These palm trees are terrific Sheila! That lovely paint just makes them sing. And those colours! Wow!

Elizabeth Seaver said...

This has lots of life in it, Sheila! I like it.

Priti said...

Love the colors and the brushwork, Sheila.

Paintings by Irit Bourla said...

Graet Sheila.
The sky is beautiful, like Santa Monica sky.
Love it!

Nina E Jørgensen said...

Love the background, it is so soothing, I really want to be there!!! And yes thanks for your comment i am happy too that it is only a portrait of me and not the real thing hehe!

Linda said...

I've never tackled palm trees, but from what I have heard they are difficult to paint. You did a great job! And, like everyone else, I could enjoy a good book sitting under these trees! :-)

Dana Cooper said...

Yay Sheila, I knew they would be fabulous in your very Sheila style...way to go! Love the sky too!
Thanks for the shout out!

Gail H. Ragsdale said...

Beautiful sky!!

Jake Louis McDonald said...

nice image like the sky and like your use of paint strokes

Mary Sheehan Winn said...

You did a great job with these. They are among the most difficult trees to paint.

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