It’s Day 26 of the 30 in 30 and I’ve come back from my weekend off ready to paint! Today’s painting is a coconut palm tree and was suggested by a friend of mine, Jerry. Thank you Jerry for the suggestion. Can’t you just hear the palm fronds rustling together in the breeze and maybe some Calypso music playing in the background? I can!
If you know me or follow me enough to get an idea about me then you know I’m nuts for any kind of plants (no pun intended). I do hold a special place in my heart though for palms. While I’ve never had a coconut palm, I’m sure I’d love it! I do have to admit certain things get conjured up in my mind when I think of coconut palm trees though. Things like rats (of all things!), Gilligan’s Island, Tiki Huts and best of all Tom and Jerry and the episode “Calypso Cat” come to mind.
I’m a sucker for anything tropical though. This coconut palm tree fits the bill. Just out of curiosity, what do you think of when you hear Calypso music? I love this episode and always think of this right away when I hear steel drums.
I snapped a photo of my initial sketch of the coconut palm on its raw sienna underpainting. I paint an underpainting color so I don’t have a white canvas glaring out at me and also it helps me see the colors a bit better. Sometimes I use gray that I mix with ultramarine blue, burnt umber and white.
The end result is an original 8″x10″ acrylic on canvas board painting I’ve titled “Calypso Coconut”. Click on photo (below) to see a larger image.
This coconut palm tree painting has sold! I will have prints of it available soon and when I do I’ll put a link here.
I finally got all my paintings from this month added to my archive page. Click here to see them all together in an easy to look at format if you just want to see the photo of them and not the blog post.
Ghost Investigation Update:
If you read my blog post last Friday, you might be waiting to hear about my ghost adventure and investigation at Fox Hollow Farms that I attended this past weekend. It was great, I had a few things happen and I’ll talk about it and share photos on another post. Probably after this challenge, which is Friday by the way!!! I’m pretty excited that I’ve kept up with the challenge, well mostly. My inventory has grown greatly, so I’m hoping to find forever homes for my art very soon!
Thanks for stopping by. Below is the same information I post on each painting post during this challenge to explain it to new visitors.
What’s the point of the 30 Paintings in 30 days challenge?
I want to be a better painter. To be a better painter, I must paint more and more.
The whole point of the challenge is to get yourself back in the habit of painting everyday. Now I haven’t stopped painting, but I certainly haven’t painted as much as I wanted in the last few months. So I’m joining in with the challenge to give myself a goal and to help me to feel held accountable, too. Not that the Painting Police will come and pick me up if I don’t paint everyday, it’s more of a self motivation thing. I’ve signed up on Leslie’s website and I’m hoping to be able to accomplish a lot of painting.
I’m not expecting to get gallery worthy paintings each day, I may not even paint a whole new painting each day. I’ve been there done that and that was stressful. I put the stress on myself, but nonetheless, it was stressful. I do hope to foster the act of going into my studio each and every day to get more painting accomplished. You know what they say about habits, it takes 21 days to form one. It will help me get better by practicing more and more.
See the paintings I’ve painted during this challenge here. Thanks for stopping by.
Learn more about me on the ‘About’ page in the menu at the top. I’m an artist – a painter mostly and an avid gardener. I paint a variety of subjects including birds, koi fish, my gardens, ponds and flowers as well as anything having to do with nature especially trees and tropical scenes. I also enjoy painting abstracts and have started creating more and more of them. My most favorite thing to try to achieve in my painting is mystery.
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