My workshop in key west starts tomorrow morning and i got out this afternoon looking for places to take the class. thing is.... everywhere you look there's a great painting, so we wont have to go far from the center. today i peddled all around the island on my bike, getting my bearings, and found out just how out of shape i got over the holidays. but i also found this great late afternoon palm scene. by doing these studies of palms you learn to understand the structure of the tree. how to best describe it simply, in paint. you want them to look effortless when theyre anything but (especially when i first get here) not only that, they sway in the breeze changing shape everytime you look up at them. knowing them intimately (by doing these studies) helps you immensely, and after doing them awhile you can even "fake" em, if you have to.