This week’s painting is another one that I did on a gessoed pizza box. Once I use up the last two box tops, I’m going to stick to canvases or canvas paper. I haven’t liked the smoothness of the surface on the pizza boxes or the way they curve a bit rather than staying flat once they’re covered in gesso.

I found the biggest challenge was actually making my paints comply. The color really shifted when it dried so that I had to paint the palm fronds again to get a bright enough green, and I had to add white to my yellow to help it cover rather than being transparent. It barely showed up when I put it on the painting without the white.

I also didn’t have all the colors used in the tutorial, but I improvised and I’m happy with how it came out. The palm trees were incredibly fun to paint!

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Tutorial Source: Cinnamon Cooney (The Art Sherpa)

Why I Chose This Painting:

It’s peaceful. The moon glowing on the water and the flowers surrounding the palm trees made me feel relaxed.

Someday my husband and I would like to travel to Hawaii. In one of her videos, I heard Cinnamon Cooney say that being an artist is like being rich because you can paint whatever you’re dreaming about. So this painting is my little bit of Hawaii while we’re saving up to go there.

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