View Full Version : Palm Trees

09-15-2004, 11:03 AM
I want to make a beach scene for my mother for Christmas and I was wondering if anyone has any tips on palm trees? In particular any fan brush tricks or color pallette suggestions.

09-15-2004, 01:29 PM
Please study a palm try or look for artists who have done some.there is a web for poster on the internet and theyhave them listed alpha.. a palm is not that hard but messed up easily. Bring "fronds" out from center and bending down, layinering, different greens many and rusts and beiges, and other blues , flesh touches..Making them colorful ,work on few on palette, the bark can be made like bending tree and then covered (bark)with a knife with light color nice texture just keep trying..Let us see then we can maybe help more..Bridges

09-15-2004, 02:18 PM
Go into the reference image library and plug in the works palm trees and see what comes up. I know I have personally uploaded several pics of palm trees. You will be surprised at how many pics there are.

09-16-2004, 04:26 AM
Here's one I did with palm trees..spent a long time with those fronds!
I notice a lot of palm fronds are skinny at the stem, widen, then thin to a point again at the tip..I used quite thin paint, and tried to use my whole arm to describe the curve of each leaf. Better to use a synthetic brush. A rigger if you have one, would be good.
I tried a fan brush and could not get the effect I wanted..
You can go quite dark and quite light with palms, as they are often in bright bright sun and shade.


09-16-2004, 06:13 AM
i have used a field rake, by leow -cornwell. to do these in watercolor. try with a thin paint. bill

09-16-2004, 07:46 AM
My palm trees arent very detailed and they are in pastel but I wanted to show them because of the remark gnu made about them being in bright sun often and the darks and lights you can achieve because of that.

09-16-2004, 02:51 PM
Pastel Mama, that is a great picture.Done very well.Love the dark "bases" of the fronds of tree.I was just in Florida and it looked like that before the storms anyway..Palms have very shallow roots so tend to get bent by the winds, just normal winds. Love you soft colors and boats..Bridges

Queen Bee
09-16-2004, 07:03 PM
I don't know if these will help since they were the first two acrylics I had ever done. I'll also post the ref pics.


On this one I did use a fan brush.




09-16-2004, 07:58 PM
Oh those are nice too Queenbee.Nice lights and the fan brush is what I would use also there are several stiffness of brushes and some do better than others. And the sizes also important.the trunks are done very well.thanks for helping our new artist.Bridges

Queen Bee
09-17-2004, 09:52 AM
Bridges- Thanks for the kind comments. I enjoyed doing the palms.I hope these will be helpful.