Some time ago, I told you, my readers, that I was going to try learn how to paint on palm sheaths.

On my walks after a windy night here in our RV park, the streets are littered with palm leaf sheaths that have blown out of the trees. I started thinking that it might be fun to paint on them. I started collecting the sheaths as I walked. Back in my she-shed, I sorted them, kept the best, and discarded the rest in the dumpster. I’m sure the groundskeeping crew here have appreciated me taking over one of their jobs.

I’m not a natural artist. I draw stick people poorly. At the same time, I’ve always wondered if I could learn. I also wondered if anyone else was using this medium, so I searched palm sheath art, palm husk art, and palm frond art in Pinterest and I was amazed at how many people are doing this. I noticed that the majority of the palm artists are in Florida. Perhaps it hasn’t caught on here in South Texas yet.

The first step before painting, is to use a wire brush to scrub any debris off the sheaths. I then wash them in warm soapy water and then leave them to air dry for several days. So far, Ive been using a base coat on whatever portion of the sheath I’ll be painting on. It’s not necessary but for now, it suits what Ive been trying out.

The mask in my feature photo was my second “work of art”. I loosely copied a design I saw on Pinterest. It’s very amateur with many mistakes, but that’s all part of the learning curve.

The funniest thing about this piece is that the gal who taught me Mahjong this winter loved it and said she had the perfect spot for it in their RV. She wanted to pay me for it, but for some reason, I was embarrassed by that. I gifted it to her instead as a thank you for the Mahjong lessons.

As soon as she got it hung in their fifth wheel, she sent me this photo.

“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.”

Pablo Picasso