I still used my favorite medium for quilts--Indonesian batiks. Full of life and color and amazing patterns, they make a beautiful composition. I started with the colors of the sunset sky and the water. Which brought me to my first difference from my tropical quilts. The water is more green and darker in nature than the vibrant turquoise blues I would have normally used. Not that California is turquoise....but it does scream tropical.
The next big difference was the trees. I'm always using palm trees of some kind. But these had to be Texas trees I went for the larger, fuller Texas Oak and/or Pecan tree look. I still used beaches, because the lake does have sandy beaches. Well....sand may be a strong word. Not exactly white sandy beaches, but not full on dirt either. Somewhere in between. So I went with a tan color for the island part. I found some beautiful batiks for the trunk and leafy parts of the trees and built some lush green Texas-style trees on either side of the sunset. Love the beautiful fabrics!