I’d just like to take a moment to pause and pay tribute to everyone touched by 9-11. We are extremely fortunate to live here in America. Jack and I want to thank all of those, both military and civilian, who sacrifice so much to keep us safe.
Today I’m working on the companion piece to Ruler of the Roost. The basic plan is sketched up on the canvas with a brush dipped in an oil wash made of Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson + Liquin.
Using paint left over from the rooster the background is blocked in around the areas where the Sunflowers will be. After painting the tablecloth I begin working on the basket.
The base color of the basket is painted first with a dark mixture of Cadmium Orange + Ultramarine Blue + White. Coming back with a lighter shade of the same mix the texture of the wicker basket is made.
The entire mass of red grapes is blocked in first with a rich mix of Magenta + Alizarin Crimson. Circular brushstrokes are made to give the impression of the round grapes.
Adding the highlight on top and the reflected light along the opposite side helps to shape each individual grape. This same method was followed for the green grapes.
The Sunflowers are blocked in with mixes of Cadmium Yellow Medium + Alizarin Crimson and Cadmium Yellow Medium + Cadmium Orange.
The deep green foliage is worked around the masses of yellow, helping to shape the Sunflowers. Pure Cadmium Yellow Medium with a touch of Lemon Yellow added is used to accentuate the petals glistening in the light. This Basket of Gold is ready to bring a burst of sunshine to its new home.
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