This is day three of the Sarasota Paintout......and I am not having as much fun as I thought I would. I am having problems with finding landscape views, and with painting the palm frond foliage shapes.
On the first day (Thursday last) I drove to the Phillippi Estate Park and after making several value studies of a few possible views, I settled on one thinking that I'd just work through the palm tree problems: of not being able to distinguish the overall foliage shape of one against another, and then actually in painting them.
Here are the photos of the scenes I thought about painting and the quick value studies I did do.
I finally started and spent most of my time working on a 12 x12 canvas. I actually liked it at one point, but unfortunately, kept painting. After about two hours I packed it in, and thought that perhaps I could improve it in the studio. I did work on it a bit (allowed) and here is what it looks like now. Not great.
I also started a second canvas that morning, of basically the same view but changing the format to a vertical rectangle. After blocking in the values on the canvas I left it and finished it in the studio yesterday and today.