Villa and Palms

July 22, 2019


VIDEO DEMONSTRATION: Beginning to Paint the Villa

The awing, shading the balcony, casts a shadow across the round tower.


It seems only appropriate that we have a French Door opening to the balcony! It’s made of Cobalt Blue + White. You may click on the image to view an enlargement of this, as well as the other pictures.

The entire surface of the awning is covered in white to begin, establishing the light and shadow pattern. Then stripes are carefully drawn into the wet paint with a mixture of Magenta + Liquin.

A lighter shade of Cobalt Blue + White is used for the portion of the shutters illuminated by the bright sunshine.

WHEW! Still more to go on the villa, we’ll continue in our next session. Hope you’ll come watch. I’ll have more VIDEOS! Hugs,


Lavender Fields Forever!

July 19, 2019

Painting begins with the sky. My color mixtures are shown above. #1. White + Cobalt Blue, #2. White + Pthalo Blue, #3. White + Phtalo Blue + a tiny touch of Lemon Yellow.

Sunlight pours into the painting from the upper right so the far left portion of the sky is painted with the darkest mix, #3. Mixture #2 is used for the middle portion and #3 for the lightest area on the right that is washed by sunshine. You may click on this, or any of the other images to see enlargements.

The most distant mountain is made bluer with a mix of Ultramarine Blue + a little MUD (2 parts Ultramarine Blue + 1 part Alizarin Crimson) + White so it will recede. Coming forward the next range has more of the MUD in that same mixture. Also cooler combinations of MUD + a touch of Pthalo Blue + Cadmium Orange + White are used. The closest bluffs are painted with mixes in different proportions of MUD + Pthalo Blue + Cadmium Orange + White. These mixes have more Cadmium Orange so they are warmer, making them appear to come forward.

The part of the ocean farthest from the viewer is made with a mixture of Ultramarine Blue + MUD + White. The closest portion is Pthalo Blue + White which is more intense than the duller mix used in the background. This helps to give the feeling of depth in the painting. Intense, bright colors come forward; duller colors go back.

A shot of light splashes across the water in front of the mountains. It will be visible through the Poplar Trees at the back of the Lavender Field. This also will give depth to the painting.

Waves dance against the distant rocks at the base of the mountains. A mix of White + a bit of Ultramarine Blue is used to indicate the surf. I don’t use Pure White here because it would be too bright, making it jump forward. I’ll reserve Pure White for the Daisies in the foreground.

The Poplar Trees are combinations in different proportions of Pthalo Blue + Cadmium Yellow Medium + a small amount of Lemon Yellow.

VIDEO DEMONSTRATION: Painting the Lavender Fields

We’re done for this session! Thank you for all of your wonderful comments, your encouragement and support mean the world to me. With Colorful Hugs,



Provence Villa

July 18, 2019

I’m beginning a new commission today, a painting of Provence for a collector in Germany! Waltraud is an accomplished artist who is coming to visit her sister in the States. We’ve been corresponding for quite some time and she asked if I would do a painting for her of the piece shown above, “Sunflower Serenade”. She wants to carry the art back to Germany on the plane with her. Her sweet brother-in-law was so kind to research with the airline exactly how large we could make the painting. He discovered 16 inches by 20 inches was the biggest that would fit in their overhead compartments. So here goes…..

Looking at the original piece I remembered the sketch of a Villa in Provence I’d made while Jack and I were on a wonderful Mediterranean cruise in 2004. Pixie Glore, an artist Jack had been helping online, met us at the ship and drove us through the countryside of Southern France. Please remember, as you read through my blog, you may click on any of the images to view them larger.

Pixie took us to some very picturesque places including Cassis, a quaint fishing village nestled on the coast. I was happy as a clam, sketching fast and furiously as we drove. I must say, Jack and Pixie were super patient with me as I wanted to stop about every 5 seconds for photo ops! Fortunately, with all of us being artists it really wasn’t a problem.

Anyway, back to the villa. I thought it would work beautifully in Waltraud’s painting, all I had to do was put the image in photoshop and flip it!

The canvas is attached to cardboard which will make it easy to handle the wet art. To see how this is done, CLICK HERE.  Pictures of the reference painting and flipped out villa are taped to my easel. I begin sketching the distant landscape with a brush dipped in a thin oil wash of MUD (2 parts Ultramarine Blue + 1 part Alizarin Crimson) + Liquin. Another change I’ve decided to make is to add the ocean in the distance. Seems very appropriate since this villa was very close to the coast and Cassis. Plus, I’m certain Waltraud will enjoy seeing the ocean during those LONG winter months in Germany.

VIDEO DEMONSTRATION: Sketching the Villa

Bracing my wrist against the mahl stick steadies my hand as I draw the stripes on the awnings!

Blue Shutters and Door are sketched in with a thin oil wash of Ultramarine Blue + Liquin. For this I place my left hand against the canvas, resting my right wrist on it for stability.

After the Villa is completed, Sunflowers, Poppies and White Daisies are roughly indicated and labeled in the foreground. We’ll start applying Opaque Oil Color in our next session. COME WATCH! If you would like to receive an email every time I publish a new post please feel free to subscribe to my blog. CLICK THIS LINK and scroll to the upper right side of the page. You will see a heading EMAIL SUBSCRIPTIONS. Just enter your email address and click the button “Sign me up!”  It’s easy.

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July 17, 2019


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July 16, 2019


VIDEO DEMONSTRATION: Painting the White Petunias


Next I’ll be working on the Nasturtiums draping down the rugged rock wall. Jack and I visited the Isabella Gardner Museum in Boston many, many years ago, probably about 1994! Anyway, we were overwhelmed by the Nasturtiums spilling from the balconies, sometimes for several stories. I’ve never forgotten them and decided this courtyard definitely needed the Isabella Gardner touch!

First the blossoms are blocked in with mixes of Cadmium Orange + Alizarin Crimson, Cadmium Red Light and Cadmium Orange.

Leaves are painted with combinations in different proportions of Pthalo Blue + Cadmium Yellow Medium.

Stems and long tendrils are drawn with the same fine liner brush used for the lines separating the tiles. To see this more clearly you may click on the image to enlarge it.

At this point I thought the painting was finished. However, studying the piece in my mirror I realized the ray of sunshine splashing across the top of the wall in the lower left is distracting. The light takes the viewer’s attention AWAY from the star of the show, the beautiful portal.

Elegant Retreat    48 inches by 38 inches

SO….it’s easy enough to repaint the tiles, putting them in shadow. NOW, the brilliant light in the background invites the viewer to walk up the graceful steps of this “ELEGANT RETREAT” to that gorgeous blue door! Thank you for following along and I really appreciate all of your wonderful comments. With Colorful Smiles,

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The Rugged Wall

July 15, 2019


VIDEO DEMONSTRATION: Painting the Rugged Stone Wall

VIDEO DEMONSTRATION: Painting the Tiles on Top of the Wall

Our wall is complete. The rough, irregular rock topped by smooth, terra cotta tile makes a nice contrast and brings extra interest to the composition. You may click on this, or any of the other images to view them larger.

Now for the Canna Lilies. The foliage is blocked in FIRST with several mixtures of Pthalo Blue + Cadmium Yellow Medium + a bit of Lemon Yellow. White is added into the lightest mix for the highlights on the large, broad leaves.

I’m working totally opposite from my usual blocking in sequence of FLOWERS FIRST, LEAVES LAST! This is because the blossoms are not in masses; they dance at the end of the tall stalks. Combinations of Cadmium Red Light + Permanent Rose + White are used for the flowers. The thick stokes of paint are gently “Laid” on top of the greens. I’m very careful to wipe any of the underlying leaf color off my brush so I don’t dirty the beautiful Coral blossoms.

That’s all for now, we’ll be doing more planting in our next session. There will be a VIDEO showing how I paint the White Petunias nestled at the base of the Cannas! Come watch and see the finished painting!

Jack celebrates his 3rd birthday in Heaven today. Knowing he is happy, healthy and able to paint again brings a smile to my heart! Every time I enjoy a beautiful sunrise or sunset I believe God has given all the artists in Heaven huge brushes to paint the sky, so those of us below will be reminded of His Love. Can’t you just envision Jack up there with Monet, Turner, Van Gogh and Sargent, happily splashing brilliant colors across the heavens? Please say a little prayer Thanking God for letting all of us have the joy of knowing this wonderfully generous man! HAPPY BIRTHDAY JACK! We miss you and will see you again one day when our race here on earth is finished! With Big Hugs,




July 11, 2019

Let’s plant some Hydrangeas in the square terra cotta containers below the Giant Birds. The large, fluffy blossoms are blocked in with mixtures of Ultramarine Blue + White, Dioxazine Purple + Ultramarine Blue + White and Dioxazine Purple + White.

The foliage is made of several mixes of Pthalo Blue + Cadmium Lemon + Cadmium Yellow Medium + White. The paint is worked around the masses of Blues and Purples, giving shape to the flowers.

The entire upper level of the courtyard is covered with combinations of MUD (2 parts Ultramarine Blue + 1 part Alizarin Crimson) + Cadmium Orange + White. I establish the light and shadow pattern as well as make the distant part of the floor ‘cooler’ by adding brushstrokes of Ultramarine Blue + White. The cool blue makes the back of the floor recede. Since the pavers are going to be in a curved pattern a line is drawn along the base of the wall, giving me a guide to follow. To see this better you may enlarge the image by clicking on the picture.

This is the complicated part, drawing those curved lines into the wet paint of the floor while keeping the perspective correct! A fine liner brush dipped in a thin mix of MUD + Liquin is used.

WHEW! Glad the curved lines are done. The horizontal lines are much easier to do!

The lower tier of stairs is painted following the same rule as the upper one. The Risers, or upright sides, are made darker than the flat surface on the top of the steps. This is because the sunlight hits the top of the steps more directly, even in the shadows.

The pavers at the bottom of the stairs are now completed. The pattern on this level is straight, MUCH EASIER to lay those tiles!

The curved wall embracing the Canna Lilies is painted with different shades of MUD + Cadmium Orange + a touch of Pthalo Blue + some Cadmium Yellow Medium + White. A little of the Ultramarine Blue + White mix remaining from the floor is used to add coolness in the wall. Especially in the area behind and between the leaves of the tall Cannas.

Done for today! Make sure to come back for our next session, I’ll have a video showing how I paint the stone wall in the lower left corner. I appreciate all of your kind comments. Have a great day and HAPPY PAINTING!

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Giant Birds!

July 9, 2019

We’re going to paint GIANT BIRDS today! No, it’s not BIG BIRD from “Sesame Street”.  I’m going to put some Giant Birds of Paradise by the blue door in our painting, that’s what I’m talkin’ about! Here’s a picture of some we had in the garden of our home at North Padre Island on the coast of Texas!

VIDEO DEMONSTRATION: Painting the Giant Birds of Paradise

BIG BIRDS are done, let’s move on to the Bougainvillea!

Mixtures of Permanent Rose + White are made in several different shades for the Hot Pink bracts on the tropical vine. The actual flowers of the Bougainvillea are very tiny and white, enclosed within the Pink, globe-shaped bracts.

Leaves and long, reaching arms of the vine are made with Viridian Green + Cadmium Yellow Medium + White. To enlarge this, or any of the other images, you may click on the picture.

Cadmium Red Light is added to several of the mixtures leftover from the antique bricks to paint the terra cotta containers.

The three steps leading up to the door are completely covered with medium value shades of Ultramarine Blue + Cadmium Orange + MUD (2 parts Ultramarine Blue + 1 part Alizarin Crimson) + White. Then the flat tops are drawn into the wet paint with a lighter shade of the same combination.

The upright “Risers” of the steps are darker than the flat surface on top. This is because the light from above hits the flat top of the step more directly than the upright side. Thank you for following along today! Hope you’ll come back and visit my studio again soon! With Colorful Smiles,

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Antique Bricks

July 5, 2019

The color recipes for the creamy stucco wall are shown above. #1. Ultramarine Blue + Cadmium Orange + White. #2. Two combinations of White + Cadmium Orange + Ultramarine Blue. These mixes have more White and Cadmium Orange than Mix #1. #3. White + a hint of Cadmium Orange. #4. MUD (2 parts Ultramarine Blue + 1 Part Alizarin Crimson) + Ultramarine Blue + White. #5. MUD + Cadmium Orange + Ultramarine Blue + White. #6. Mixture #5 with more White.

Shadows are blocked in first, then the lighter areas of the wall are painted. Since sun pours into the painting from the upper left, the wall on the top left is made lighter. The paint is applied with LOTS of texture. To enlarge the image to see this better just click on the picture.

VIDEO DEMONSTRATION: Painting the antique bricks surrounding the Mission door.

The antique bricks behind the container of Geraniums are made greener. The Red Blossoms will appear brighter juxtaposed next to their complimentary color, Green. Complimentary hues are those that are directly across from each other on the color wheel. Several examples are Red and Green, Yellow and Purple and Blue and Orange.

Walls and brick surround are complete, let’s move on to the door!

As special color, Phthalo Turquoise Blue, is used for the distinctive blue door. Three combinations of this beautiful Turquoise + White are made in Light, Medium and Dark shades.

Similar to the stucco wall, the shadows on the door are painted first, then the sunlit portion.

The oranges in the bricks and terra cotta tile roof make the door POP! This is another example of using complimentary hues to accentuate the brilliance of a color. I appreciate ALL of your wonderful comments on both the start of this painting and my 4th of July post. THANK YOU! You guys are the BEST! HUGS,

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Independence Day!

July 4, 2019

HAPPY 4th of JULY!

Today we commemorate the Declaration of Independence of the United States that was announced on July 4, 1776. On that day, the Continental Congress proclaimed that the thirteen American colonies were no longer subject to the monarch of Britain and were now United, Free, and Independent States.

It’s a great privilege to live in the United States of America. God Bless our Founding Fathers and all of the Military personnel who protect our Freedom. Thanks to them, their families and the sacrifices they’ve made we can celebrate the 4th of July. Many of us will gather with family and friends to celebrate our FREEDOM, cook out and watch fireworks. So while you are having a good time, please pause to say a prayer for our country, as well as ALL who serve and protect us. We are so very, very blessed. Enjoy your Freedom and have a HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY!


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