The entire harbor wall is painted leaving a few key points of the original sketched lettering exposed to use as guides. The final lettering of the sign is painted wet-into-wet with an oil wash made of Magenta + Liquin. Here is where the mahl stick really comes in handy. Notice the tissue paper in my left hand. I wipe my brush every few strokes to keep it clean. A clean brush gives clean, crisp color on your canvas. The tissue is thrown away after one or two wipes, insuring my hands and everything else around me stays paint-free.
Since the lower part of the painting is uncovered I can brace my hand against the canvas to make the finishing adjustments to the letters and swash underneath.
Now, let’s plant some flowers in these terra cotta containers. Permanent Rose + White is used for the Hollyhocks. A little Magenta is thrown into the mix for the flowers in shadow. Adele, one of my regular readers made a suggestion. She wrote, “Instead of saying Flowers First, Foliage Last why don’t you say Flowers First, Leaves Last? It is much easier to remember.” Thank you Adele, I love it and you are absolutely right.
So after the flowers are blocked in first and the leaves last I go back in to add the Hollyhock seedpods, then the centers and highlights on the individual blossoms. To see any of the pictures larger just click on the image.
The Sunflowers are painted in a similar sequence with mixes of Cadmium Yellow Medium + Cadmium Orange + MUD (Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson) for the darker shades of yellow. Pure Cadmium Yellow Medium is used for the midtones while a little Hansa Lemon Yellow is added to the Cadmium Yellow Medium for the petals catching the sunlight.
The foliage is made of various proportions of Ultramarine Blue + Hansa Lemon Yellow. The Sunflowers begin to emerge when the dark centers are added using MUD. We’ll do some more planting tomorrow. Why don’t you bring your gardening gloves and come help? Hugs, Mikki Senkarik