Wacky Palms

Date: 2/11/2011

Location: Mauna Lani

Size: 16" x 8"

Medium: Oil on stretched canvas

Artist's Comments: I was invited to join my in-laws for a day at the Mauna Lani Beach Club; frolicking in the small protected bay with my little nephews. I brought my painting gear along hopefully for interesting subject matter. When I arrived, I found the beach spectacular for beach-goers but un-enticing for a plein air artist and even more unattractive for a light-skinned red head! Luckily we found some beach cabanas to retreat out of the strong sunshine and as I laid back in the cool shade, my eyes were drawn to the outline of palm trees contrast against the skyline. I was immediately inspired and so happy to find something that I wanted to paint. Immediately I decided to go wild with my color pallet; using some bright cheerful colors to go along with the shimmering palm leaves – I suspect the chilled Stella Artois helped somewhat in motivating me to get started! Regardless I painted the trees with my traditional brushwork and used my new pallet knife technique for the skyline. The texture allowed me to give a little punch to an otherwise smooth and somewhat un-exciting background.

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