Beyond the ocean, beyond the ordinary seas, two palms grew side by side, inseparable from day one.
This is the most romantic art I’ve ever created. Two palm trees, swaying in the wind, taking in the sunshine, producing coconuts together… the epitome of brotherly love. They never move away from each other, never hurt each other, never argue.
Dating Palms at My Store at Zazzle.Com
A print of this is available through my Zazzle.Com account. Zazzle is a site I’m starting to work with as a way to use my art to create useful products.
I’ve also created two mug styles. I like to send these to relatives as gifts. They liked the mugs but I found out later that some of them didn’t realize that the art on the mugs was mine!
My Commitment to Art
My interest in art isn’t new; I’ve dabbled in artistic endeavors for many years. However now that all of my children are adults and no longer living with me I’ve decided to spend a lot more time practicing and creating art.
Of course I haven’t given up on my writing, but sometimes it helps one write when creativity is expressed in more than one way. Art provides another avenue of creativity that enhances my ability to write.
Dating Palms Technique and Materials
I created the “Dating Palms” art with a felt tip pen on an index card. I scanned the card and then dropped color into the scanned image using PaintShop Pro, which is a fairly inexpensive but effective graphics program. This is one of my favorite ways to create art for my Zazzle site.
I’ve done index card art for many years. When I’m talking on the phone, I can complete an index card drawing. Index cards are perfect for taking along on long distance cycling trips to help pass the time when resting. I like to slip a few blank index cards into the back pocket of my Moleskine notebook, or into the front pocket of my Winsor & Newton water-color field kit (I have a bag to carry my watercolor kit in.)
My favorite felt tip pen for creating art like this is a Sakura Pigma Micron 05 (the number is the size I usually use) – if you’re interested in doing this type of art, you might want to try different sizes to see which one you get the best result with. The Sakura Pigma Micron pens are waterproof and fade-proof so you can use them in conjunction with water-colors.
Sometimes, instead of drawing on index cards, I draw in a Windsor & Newton sketch book. I can scan those too… and one of my best sellers on Zazzle was originally drawn with felt-tip pen in my little sketchbook, then water-colored, then scanned.