This is the pretty fan-leaved shrubby tree that most people think of as a Palmetto. With a casual glance, they are hard to tell from the Sabal, but the Sabal’s leaves are not so round. I am really loving painting these trees in misty vague landscapes. I hope you are enjoying them too.
The area of Florida which includes Tallahassee has 4 native Palmettos. They are really hard to tell apart. They all have wonderful fans and catch the light in so many different ways, I want to make a study of them. Here is an attempt at the Sabal Palmetto. This little painting is for sale, $35.00. All proceeds go to endangered species conservation.
Judy was the tiniest little lady, about the same size as my sister in law, Chris Faubion. We put her in the chair and her feet did not touch the floor so we gave her something to put her feet on. She was a very good model. I wondered what stories she could tell, you could tell she’d had some hard times and good times too.
One of the nicest things about Florida (besides the alligators) are the ubiquitous live oak trees. These immense trees dominate the landscape and provide soothing shade with their massive umbrellas of leaves. This is a view I see almost every day; walking, bicycling and even driving in the car, it is near to where I am staying in Tallahassee. These trees feel like old friends to me already; although to them I am probably no more significant than a gnat. This painting measures 8″ x 11″ and is for sale for $125.00. All proceeds go towards endangered species conservation.
George was kind enough to sit for us today. He really challenged the artists, as he wore an iridescent shirt and vest. He sat very still, in fact, he seemed to like the challenge of sitting through some of his breaks as well. I was very pleased with his face and his aspect, and as a result, here is his portrait. I do portraits by commission as well. All proceeds go to endangered species conservation.