I'd like to share a story about this painting as it has to do with inspiration being right in front of one's nose, but it took something else to help come to that realization.
My favorite place to hang in Florida is on my lanai that overlooks a pond and woods. I've always wanted to paint what I love looking at, but the vastness of the dense trees have stopped me from trying. Believe me, I've spent many hours looking at that beautiful scene in front of me willing myself to create something.
The other day and for some (unknown) reason, I started looking at just one tree (the pine tree), then I saw another tree (the palm tree) and suddenly I was sketching 3 single trees in my little notebook! It's not even a sketch book, it's just a spiral bound handy dandy notebook I use to keep everything in one place.
Here's my sketch:
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