Florida painter, Everglades, Marco Island, artist Jo-Ann Sanborn

5/9/08

Hurricane Cut

The humidity is up today reminding us that summer isn't far away, with that, many people will soon give their palms a "hurricane cut" for the summer. Some people believe that having less fronds on the palm will reduce wind resistance and help the palms to withstand strong winds, but exactly the opposite is true. Palms need every green frond to stay healthy and withstand both winds and disease. The only fronds that should be cut off are the brown, dead ones. So clean up those palms now and then, but don't give them a buzz cut!

Lately, the elongated palms hold an interest for me. I'm not sure why, but maybe I long for verticals in this horizontal landscape! Here are some with a nice painterly quality. If you are getting this in your mail box each day you might like to visit the website here. There's more color, and it's easy to enlarge the painting. You can visit some of my special sites, too.

Hurricane Cut
5" x 7" (12.7cm x 17.8cm)
Acrylic on Canvas
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3 comments:

bonnieluria said...

Jo-Ann,
I love your vertical,elongated palms too.
The ins and outs of lights and darks and their strong composition. And of course, your brush work and color relationships-

Thanks for the sage advice about trimming the fronds- we have the same issues here and so begins our turn at watching the weather map.

JoAnn Sanborn said...

Yes, we'll both be watching! Thanks, Bonnie. How's it going with the acrylics?

bonnieluria said...

Grrr...I'm so stuck. I tend to be drawn to figuratives. It's hard to approach the subject with the same technique as landscapes.
Just today I resumed a painting I left two thirds of the way about a month ago- thinking of your suggestion about digging in with the brushes.
Although I'm still not pleased with it, I'm using it as a self-tutorial for new techniques.

If I can get it to a post-able place, I'll put it up on my blog.

I'm still undecided about investing in oils and all their mediums. Then I'm away in a month for 3 1/2 weeks so best not to start something new now.

Thanks for asking- and in the meantime, I'm very encouraged by looking at your landscapes.

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