Notes from my Tree Painting Journal
I've been painting at a four day residency at BIrd Island on Florida's Gulf Coast. There are a variety of trees on the island, but Sabal palms, Red cedars and tall Long Leaf pines are the majority. This is typical of coastal islands in North Florida.
The palms lean in the same direction, having been buffeted by the wind I imagine for many years. They, along with several of the pines and cedars are advanced in years.
The island is lush and left natural, but for the yard area around the house and the boat dock area. I managed to complete four 12x16 paintings during my stay. That is a good size for alla prima work with oils. Large enough to challenge me without being overwhelming. Since I had four days only, I wanted to spend my painting time efficiently and still get good paintings rather than slap dash studies. There will be a bit of touch up in my studio with better light, but they are just about done. I expect to spend no more than 15 minutes for touch up on each.
This was a wonderful opportunity to study Florida's trees.