the palm house

The paintings I have been working on the past week or so are definitely a review of the this year's adventures. I'm not into making a 'Best of Blankety-Blank-Blank of 2016' because that shit annoys the hell out of me. It's one of the (growing list of) things that really grates on my nerves about this time of year. That and crowded malls and how people forget how to operate the signal lights on their car, or that 60km/hr is not a suitable speed for a parking lot, or that texting and driving is still not supposed to be happening at this time of year. (Wait, this is the case year round, only it's exacerbated because everyone is racing toward the same two day deadline to get all of the things!!) It's stressful right now, leaving home. I went to the post office yesterday morning at ten o'clock and the ladies working there looked like they could have used something strong and fermented in their coffee already. Perhaps these are some of the reasons why I keep returning to the Palm House in the studio.

The Palm House was in a series of smaller green houses at the Kibble Palace Gardens in Glasgow, and it was my absolute favourite. The park was pretty busy the day I visited it, even though it had been raining. The main greenhouse, the actual 'palace' was quiet when I sat down and started drawing, and was soon filled to bursting with shrieking children racing about and parents who had quite forgotten they belonged to them, and so let them continue to race about, testing the maximum decibel of their tiny lungs, much to the chagrin of myself and quite a lot of other visitors who were having a wonderfully serene walk around the mezzanine until their arrival. 

It was so quiet in the palm house, probably because it too was nearly filled to bursting with palms of various size and variety. Unfortunately there were no benches inside, or I would have contentedly hid there, away from the crowds, sketching at leisure. I have completed two acrylic paintings of this magical place to date, and am very near completing a third. 

 the palm house, mixed media on canvas, 24x24(in), 2016, available at  Canvas Gallery    in Toronto

the palm house, mixed media on canvas, 24x24(in), 2016, available at Canvas Gallery   in Toronto

 the palm house with small visitors, mixed media on canvas, 20x20(in), 2016, available at  Canvas Gallery     in Toronto

the palm house with small visitors, mixed media on canvas, 20x20(in), 2016, available at Canvas Gallery    in Toronto

 angled detail of the newest piece, to show off the subtle texture and colour of the tissue papers used for the glass walls and some of the foliage.

angled detail of the newest piece, to show off the subtle texture and colour of the tissue papers used for the glass walls and some of the foliage.

 unfinished version of 'the palm house with smaller palms', mixed media on canvas, 16x16(in) 

unfinished version of 'the palm house with smaller palms', mixed media on canvas, 16x16(in) 

I'm not sure where this one is headed when finished. Maybe it will hang in the cafe for a bit or make it's way out to Charlottetown along with a few others I am working on. So much greenery and so much blissful quiet. I hope you can find a bit of both in this hectic season.