Sitting on C and D's deck over the bay, I enjoyed hearing the rustling of this palm so much, I decided to paint it.
The trip to the beach went too fast. Another good reason to paint on location is that a painting actually lasts longer than a photo…REALLY! Taking a photo does not place the thing in your memory. It’s a “mechanical” exercise. Whereas, sketching or drawing engages every part of our “learning” ability. We make visual judgments of space, perspective, scale, color…not to mention the deeply personal exercise of brushwork! There is PLENTY of loaded brushwork in this little sketch!