For all the snowbirds that go north just a little too soon. During June and July the most magnificent tree flowers down here in south Florida. Often called the Flamboyant Tree, or Flame Tree, the Royal Poincianna tree shows off it’s orange flaming flowers throughout Central and Southern Florida.
This painting is a bit different for me – done in gouache on a panel called “Aquabord” made by Ampersand. I laid out my colors on a wet paper towel on my oil palette/easel so they wouldn’t dry out. Then I used both painting knives and brushes to paint. The nice thing about the gouache is that it can be reworked by rewetting, it dries fast and you can mix watercolors in if you are missing a color. Since painting this I’ve used just white gouache with my watercolors in my sketchbook and really like that effect too.
If you want to frame without glass you can coat with Renaissance wax, an archival sealer.
The location was Shadowood Farm in Palm City, Fl. Its an organic farm and everything is grown in raised beds. [Rabbit prevention] Next time I go there I’ll try to paint the garden but this time I couldn’t resist the pond.
STORIES BEHIND THE FACTS. This project is made possible by Anne Marie Toccket, Carlos Camacho, Arielle Teer, Ben Sarah and Albie Fishbein-Brewer, David Zak, Fitz Fitzgerald, Ceci Ebitz, Abi Beddall, Mark Dixon, Nate Kling, Erin Tobin, Joe Herbstritt, David Bernabo, Steph Herbstritt, Sondi Stachowski, Anne Cortese, Christine Waller, Donna Sommer, Theo Keller, Jim Price, Chris Donadio, Brennan Kaye, Andrea Johnson, Michael Wacht, Jackie Heilman, Chris St. Pierre, Teresa Martuccio, Jason Clearfield and Rosanne Spolski.