My first Palm Tree, Sheraton Gateway Hotel, Los Angeles, January 21, 2011

Palm Tree, Sheraton Gateway Hotel, Los Angeles

This was my first attempt to watercolor a palm tree.  I only had 20 minutes to do it as I sat by the pool at the Sheraton Gateway in Los Angeles  in the early evening, just before the sun disappeared  behind the fence.  I was using what I call my “ugly brush”–a modified flat brush that I had carved up with an X-acto knife to create a ragged wall of bristles.

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2 Responses to “My first Palm Tree, Sheraton Gateway Hotel, Los Angeles, January 21, 2011”

  1. lindahalcombfineart Says:

    Your quick sketch is great! We used to vacation at Gulf Shores, Alabama a lot and I loved doing watercolor sketches of palm trees. Yours is more deep and powerful. I was always going more light and movement.


    • davidtripp Says:

      Thanks so much! After this first attempt, I went the next day down to the beach. Instead of working on palms again, I instead tried some storefront facades. I guess I was being conservative, falling back on what I know. Very unsatisfying. Just as the light was fading, and I was still waiting for the sketch to dry, I dashed out some quick palm studies and found the experience very gratifying. I wonder why I’m so slow to take to this–experimenting and pushing frontiers, instead of trying to perfect something that I’ve gotten rather “settled” into. Hopefully today I can get another crack at it, once I’ve finished with meetings.

      David M. Tripp


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