I painted these palm trees while at the Stan Sperlak workshop. It was a gray drizzly day and we weren't sure if the weather would hold out long enough to set up our easels. So Stan had us bring our sketchbooks on location and just sketch a scene and take notes. As I was sketching the sun came out breifly and the sky started to clear. I was about to set up when the clouds moved back in. I decided to take the sketch back to the house and work on this painting from my sketch and memory of the scene. It was a great exercise as I really had this scene imprinted in my head. I want to do this exercise more often. It really helps develop our powers of observation!
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