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11-12-2002, 09:53 PM
Just did a couple of rough sketches at lunch. I couldn't get excited enough to pull out my pastels, so I went for these instead. Marker in sketch book.
About 20 minutes for the two of them. I think the images should be about the size they really are in my sketch book.
There are some nice trees around work here, including some coconut palms, and others.
Coconuts: These palms always have lots of coconuts hanging on them, but the fruit are no good, not properly developed inside.
Cabbage palm (indigineous to the area). These are tall and magnificent, one of the nicest plants around here. I love them. The sketch obviously doesn't do them much justice!;)
Shall have to do a longer one someday.
11-12-2002, 10:27 PM
Nice sketches. I really like the top one. It looks like a good prospect for a detailed P & I.
11-13-2002, 05:38 AM
Really nice sketches Chris.....I always find the palms so difficult to do....they always end up like lollypops.
I have a huge cabbage palm in my garden and it flowered beautifully this year....about ten flower spikes...thought you might like to see it
These are really great sketches Chris. Agree with LeAnne, they would give very nice detailed drawings...
11-13-2002, 07:55 AM
Very cool Chris :) At least you're doing sketches. :)
11-13-2002, 04:20 PM
Great trees Chris!! *sigh* We certainly don't have these kinds of trees here, lucky you! I especially like the cabbage palm!
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11-13-2002, 04:27 PM
:) Lovely sketches!
11-13-2002, 08:41 PM
Thanks everyone for responding! I appreciate the feedback and encouragement.
A couple of you have convinced me to spend some more time to do a more detailed picture, so I'll try to dedicate my lunch times next week towards that goal. See how I go, anyway!:D
Thanks for the photo Chris. I find it hard to imagine we are talking about the same species of palm, I always associate my particular ones with tropical/sub-tropical climates. The flowers look different, these ones usually have a more yellow/orange colour. You've got me curious about your palm....do you have a botanical name?
( I just did a search on the Internet, and there are two species commonly called cabbage palm in Australia; one species
Livistona australis is cold tolerant apparently - may be your one.
The other one occurs in Queensland coastal areas, Livistona decipiens.)
Note to everyone - find those 20 minute breaks, and get sketching!!!! (Pen & Ink preferred, so you can post them here!)
Thanks and cheers, everybody!
11-14-2002, 08:17 AM
Hi Chris.....sorry I don't know the botanical name for this one. We bought it about 14 years ago and the name was just cabbage palm. It took about 5 years to grow to 12 feet or so and then got frosted and fell over. We thought we had lost it but the next year it threw out 3 shoots which are now about 14 feet high. Its a really lovely thing and I hope we don't loose it.
I will try to find out what it is:D
11-14-2002, 07:17 PM
Sounds like a good tough plant, but these 'tough as boots' cabbage palms don't shoot. They do drop a lot of seeds, tho', and these tend to clump up a lot.
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