Saturday, March 16, 2013

Big Palms, Breezy Day

A majestic old palm swaying in the wind reminded me of a dancer bending to music only she could hear.

7 comments:

newmexicomtngirl.com said...

perfect description of palm trees

Susan Abbott said...

Thanks. They are wonderful to paint, challenging, like brush gesture figures.

Anonymous said...

These last two leave me speechless! I am looking forward to the Provence workshop iiin 2014.

Joan von Weien

Anonymous said...

Hi, Susan, I enjoyed very much your sketch workshop in Alexandria a couple of weeks ago, and looking at your watercolor of the palm tree, I wish we'd had more time to talk about your style/technique. Did you draw the palm beforehand and how did you choose your colors?

Cecilia Capestany

Susan Abbott said...

Hi, Cecilia. Thanks for writing--I enjoyed meeting you in the workshop. I dew the palm very quickly before painting--a few gestural lines, no detail. Color was mostly a triad of Prussian Blue, Cad Lemon and Alizarin Crimson. Towards the end I mixed a violet with cobalt and alizarin for the violet in distance. I'll often start with a triad, and move off of it as needed as painting progresses.

Isabella watson said...

Very good. Nice site and I'm glad you are involved in this thanks.

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Susan Abbott said...

Thank you, Isabella! Please take a look at my blog at it's new home here:
http://www.susanabbott.com/a-painters-year/
I'm continuing to post paintings, and have added some new features.