Posts Tagged ‘watercolor palms’

Final Crack at the L.A. Palm Trees, January 23, 2011

January 23, 2011

Los Angeles Palms and Flag

Los Angeles Palms and Flags

This is my final evening in Los Angeles.  I decided to set up one more time for a crack at the palm trees.  After doing these two sketches, I felt fatigue setting in.  I’ve was in meetings all day for International Baccalaureate Diploma training Saturday and Sunday.  Friday I was wearied by rising at 5:00 a.m. and flying to the West Coast, retiring to bed around midnight, west coast time.  It has all caught up with me!  At any rate, I’m grateful that I was able to get outside in the sunny climate three consecutive days to capture some palm trees with a combination of dry brush and wet-on-wet gestures.  Tomorrow I return to Texas.

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Sketching Los Angeles Palm Trees, January 22, 2011

January 22, 2011

Manhattan Beach Blvd., Los Angeles

Los Angeles Palms

I’m in the midst of a fabulous four-day conference in Los Angeles.  I’m training for the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program which will be coming to my high school in 2012.  After the conclusion to today’s sessions, I took the trolley from the Sheraton Gateway Hotel near the LAX airport to Manhattan Beach, with about an hour of sun left.  After struggling with a row of storefronts, I decided to abandon the architectural sketches and see if I could generate something with a row of palm trees along the boulevard.

I was thinking of the principles of painting expounded by the 6th-century Chinese historian Xie He.  I’m not sure that I’m translating his ideas correctly, but from #1 and #3 I have come up with this idea of trying to capture the essence, of the subject under scrutiny.  I only had about ten minutes of daylight left when I began these two watercolor sketches, but I think by working quickly I was able to get more quality onto the page than I did with my first palm tree attempt yesterday at poolside.  Hopefully tomorrow I can give it one more try before returning to Texas.  The attempt I found very rewarding, the sun was pleasant, and the breeze coming off the Pacific was scintillating, to say the least.

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