Painting of the Week

Painting of the Week – Study of Fan Palm Trees

Getting to Know Your Subject

Getting to Know Your Subject

Last winter, I hiked with friends at Andreas Canyon in Coachella Valley. The huge Fan Palm Trees amazed me that were growing along the mountain streams. In the wild, palm fronds don’t get trimmed and create long cone-like shapes as they dry out and rest around the trunk of the trees. My first painting was dreadful and now ceases to exist. Pictured here is a plein air study painted last Thursday from the same park. That experience helped me paint the main palm tree in “Morning Ride”.

Painting on location, I discovered my primary error was in the values (the lightness or darkness of a color). Generally, green is a darker value than yellow, however, the green palm fronds on top were lit up from the sun and mostly the same value as the gold beard in the shadow. This sketch helped me see the beauty I admired.







It’s time to check your closets and storage rooms for the

To Be Hung Over Art Exhibit

Do you have original works of art that no longer fit your style?
Enter them in the Art Hung Over Exhibit!
Resell your art and provide the community an opportunity to buy original art at an affordable price. You’ll receive 70% of your sale price while BAGA receives 30%.
All art must be in good condition, clean and without chips, cracks or breaks.
Paintings, prints, drawings, pottery, ceramics, sculpture, photography or fiber arts all accepted. Known collectibles will also be accepted.
Register your art by Friday, March 24.
Drop off your art Friday, March 31, by 1 pm
Use the link below to find the Registration Form on our website:
All registered works of art will hang in the gallery April 4-7.
There will also be a reception Tuesday, April 4 from 5 to 7 pm.
Please share with your neighbors and friends. Anyone can enter!
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