At first I thought I was going to just use colored pencils on the palm tree card, but I then started using an oil pastel, and then I used a bit of oil to give it a painted effect. Next, I decided to use a bit of acrylic paint, and the card illustration evolved into a painting from there.
In the photograph above I am drawing the background for the palm tree before filling in the illustration. The glued on palm tree cut-out will help to give more dimension to this illustration, even after I paint it.
In the photograph above I started coloring in the sky around the palm tree with a blue oil pastel crayon.
I used oil and a paint brush to blend together white and blue oil pastels, and give these a painted effect.
In this stage of the painting I shaded in the fronds of the palm tree with two shades of green acrylic paint.
The video shows a speed motion of my drawing the outline on the card, and then filling this in with paint.
The water of the ocean was painted in with dark and light blue acrylic paint, and the white paint was used to create the waves.
Here I have begun to paint in the palm tree with gray and black paints, and also the small rocks along the shoreline.
Above is the completed painting of the palm tree next to the ocean. I enjoy painting palm trees, and I will paint more in the future.
The video shows how the completed card turned out.