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"Las Palmas"

"Las Palmas"


16" x 20"


canvas panel

framed or unframed

date completed:  8/5/2020

catalog # 0183

  • "Las Palmas"

         I found a calendar at local thrift store that I frequent,  I loved the photograph on the cover, the purples, the sunset colors, the palm trees silhouetted against the sky.  I took a picture with my cell phone so I could remember the image.  I didn't buy the calendar.  I didn't even look through the pages. Who knows, I may have found twelve more equally beautiful and inspiring subjects.

         During the 2020  pandemic, I spent my time finishing paintings that were started at various times.  One project had me pulling out three beach/tropical island compositions.  The one I painted this over, looked similar in the sky, just not painted very well.  The ocean was a deep, dark blue, with a light area of purple and pink, close to the center.  The original had palm trees in purple.  Only one appeared on my canvas panel.  I did paint sky over the tree, but the paint underneath was too dark, so I made it an addition on the left, even though the sample photograph didn't have one.

         Using acrylic paints after July Fourth in California, becomes a challenge because of how quickly the paints dry.  In this particular case, that characteristic became an asset to blending the sky.  I put in the colors, following the calendar cover.  When the paint started drying, in about three strokes, I kept on brushing, using what is called "dry brush" technique.  I always worn my students not to spend too much time working the brush, as that can result in brush marks and lifting paint off the canvas.  I am always amazed when I remember to use this method, that it blends acrylics very well.  I have seen my teacher scrubbing the canvas with his paint brush and achieve a very soft blended sky.

         The water of my sample subject looked misty and out-of focus, presumably due to the movement of the water.  I liked that appearance, so I used iridescent white paint along the edge, and where the sand would be wet and in the water as ripples or foam.  I really love the way this painting turned out.

         The name "Las Palmas" came to me from a line in the song "Guantanamera":  "Yo soy un hombre sincero, de donde crece las palmas".

         Entered in Special Theme category competition at Hemet Valley Art Association gallery, "Las Palmas" won firtst place., June 2021.  This was a "special" award for me, being the first time in this category, as well as competing against some of the excellent, long time artists.

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