third largest public greenhouse in the US when it was first built in 1900.
I started this painting by drawing it in pencil and the first few layers of paint were thin washes. The windows could be rather tedious to paint but I thought that they should be handled in a subtle manner because the subject of the painting is the palm tree. I used a wash of blue for the sky and most of the structure of the dome was indicated with pencil lines. What makes this painting work is the contrast; there’s the dark green shadows of the palms, the white of the dome, and bright yellow green of the sunlit leaves.