Vigilant Sentry

September 13, 2019

 

VIDEO DEMONSTRATION: Painting the Comb, Wattles and Eye

The iridescent feathers on the Rooster’s shoulder at the top of the wing are painted with mixtures of Pthalo Blue + White.

After the long feathers at the tip of the wing are made with MUD (2 parts Ultramarine Blue + 1 part Alizarin Crimson) + Cadmium Orange + White, work begins on the “Saddle”. These are the long, fine feathers that cascade over the Rooster’s back. I’ve decided to block these in with mixtures of Magenta + White and Magenta + Dioxazine Purple + White.

Now we’re ready to begin painting the colorful Tail Feathers of our boisterous bugler! COME WATCH…

VIDEO DEMONSTRATION: Painting the Tail Feathers

“Vigilant Sentry ”        11 inches x 11 inches

This cocky fellow is a “Vigilant Sentry”, keeping an Eagle Eye out for all of his barnyard friends! Thank you for following my blog. Also, I appreciate your wonderfully kind comments. With BIG HUGS,

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Remembering that Day…

September 11, 2019

I imagine each one of you vividly remembers that morning of September 11th, 2001. Jack and I lived in Sarasota at the time, ironically about a mile from where President Bush was sitting in the school classroom as he received the news of the attack on America.  I still get sick to my stomach and tears come to my eyes as I recall the events of that day and the months after. I’d like to share something that I was not aware of about a wonderful thing a Church organization did to help comfort the American People. The following excerpt is from a devotion by Rev. Dr. Gerald B. Kieschnick that I received this morning:

“The attack occurred only three days after my installation as 12th president of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod. One of my most poignant memories of this historic tragedy is the full page letter unanimously approved by the LCMS Council of Presidents for publication in USA Today and The New York Times Oct. 2, 2001, three weeks after the event. Here is the letter:

A PROMISE

The New York Times and USA Today – October 2, 2001

In the aftermath of our nation’s tragedy three weeks ago today, we of the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod wholeheartedly offer our love and prayers for those tens of thousands of people whose lives have been drastically altered by the sudden loss of their loved ones and friends.

At such a time it is natural to wonder how we can get on with life.

Still heavy with the burden of our enormous loss, we face the potential for even more danger at our doorstep. And as we look out upon the world seeking a promise of comfort and hope, we may see only darkness.

Yet we are not the first people to suffer such darkness, nor to long for such a promise.

David in the Old Testament, in time of great personal and national distress, looked to God and took comfort in His promise:

“The Lord is my shepherd … Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me.” 

Jesus, to whom the Scriptures refer as our “Good Shepherd,” spoke words that are particularly poignant right now:

“Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.”    

That Good Shepherd understands suffering and death … and His own death and resurrection promise hope and comfort to us all.

In these days of great personal and national trial, it is important to remember the words of St. Paul as we struggle with ‘getting on with life’:

“For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

And that’s His promise!”

Please take a moment to remember and say a prayer for all those thousands of people whose lives were changed forever in just seconds on 9/11. Thank you,

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Workin’ on a Rooster!

September 9, 2019

I’m starting a new commission today. Here’s my VIDEO DEMONSTRATION showing how I begin with the oil wash sketch of the Rooster.

VIDEO DEMONSTRATION: Washing in the colorful feathers

The background is painted with several shades of Pthalo Blue + Cadmium Orange + White. The lightest mixtures are used behind the Rooster’s head and neck to draw attention to his brilliant red comb and wattles.

Mixes in different combinations of Ptalo Blue + Cadmium Orange + Cadmium Yellow Medium + White make the grassy hill. Sunlight illuminates the ground directly in front of our cocky fella, this also serves to lead the eye of the viewer to the Rooster. Your gaze will follow the light into the painting and up his leg to the tail feathers. The curve of the feathers then directs the eye back around to the Rooster’s head.

Legs are first painted with a dark mix of MUD (2 parts Ultramarine Blue + 1 part Alizarin Crimson) + Cadmium Orange + Ultramarine Blue + White. A lighter shade is used for the highlights.

I’ll paint the Rooster in our next session, hope you’ll 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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We had just TOO MUCH FUN!

September 5, 2019

WOW! WHAT FUN!

 

And the fun began even before I got to the gallery. Three friends, Ziqi (Effy) Yu, Lauren and Ann Wylie, accompanied me on the drive to Santa Fe. We had a blast! Please remember, as you read through my blog, you may click on any of the images to see them larger.

On Friday evening a few of my collectors dropped by the gallery for a visit. Here I am with Mitch and Lynne Coppedge, Joe Miracle and Kent DeYoung.

I came in Saturday to find that Darrell and Phyllis Hilley, the owners of Santa Fe Art Collector Gallery, had rehung my entire display of paintings. Doesn’t it look beautiful?

A table was set aside to lay out a few special goodies for my collectors that we drew names for.

Gary Burkholder and his wife Katherine own “Breathtaking Retreat”, the largest painting I’ve ever done.

“Breathtaking Retreat” is 72 inches tall by 96 inches wide. This piece was the inspiration for me to begin blogging! CLICK HERE to go to the first blog post.

Jeana Winterbottom has become a dear friend over the years I’ve worked with her on several different commissions. This was a great opportunity to go over a sketch on our newest collaboration, a gift for one of her nieces!

Michel and Andie Perreault added “Colorful Explosion” to their collection.

It’s fun adding a special personalization on the back of the painting for my Team Senkarik Members.

Mike and Rachel Black came up from Albuquerque to attend the event. She told me, “Watch out, that Mike is sneaky!” Turns out that the day before last year’s Collector Event he bought one of my paintings as a surprise for Rachel. When she came in the gallery for the Party she was dismayed to find the painting she loved had a RED SOLD DOT. Then Mike didn’t give it to her until Christmas!  Rachel said, “I was Happy and Mad all at the same time!”

Rick Vaught played the guitar and sang during the Event. It was so wonderful to hear all of my favorite songs in the background!

Rick and his wife, Sonja purchased “Hidden Oasis”!

Stacy Cobb, Ed Marhanka and Gayle Wisbon had fun sharing stories. Ed is the Captain of Team Senkarik. He spoke to our gathering and told how he came up with the term “Billboards of Happiness” to describe my paintings. That’s when Jack said, “I’m going to make Ed our TEAM SENKARIK Captain!”

Blanche and Roy Cavarretta show their beautiful gourds in the gallery. Their artwork is amazing; they use a technique called pyrography, or fire drawing, to etch their intricate artwork on the gourds. Lynne and Mitch even asked me to include one of Roy’s gourds in a commission I painted for them!

Finally the time came for our GRAND PRIZE DRAWING to see who would WIN my Limited Original Hand Embellished Giclee “Invitation to Return”. One of our Gallery Consultants, Arlene Siebenlist, reached way up high, rustled the papers and drew the name. AND THE WINNER IS……….

LAURA HOLT! That’s her husband Greg in the white shirt.

You won’t believe the “REST OF THE HEARTWARMING STORY” behind this. Laura’s father, Tony McConaughey, collected my paintings. Jack and I met him at my Collector Event in 2013. Our Lord took Tony to Heaven a few years ago, he willed one of his Senkarik paintings to Laura. Not long before he passed he gave Laura and Greg a wonderful trip to Greece which included several days in Santorini. Tony had wanted to go but just wasn’t strong enough. Laura said they have such delightful memories of the trip and when they walked in the gallery she immediately gravitated to the painting of Santorini. She was very disappointed to find it wasn’t for sale.

So HOW fitting for Laura to win “Invitation to Return”! Somehow I think Tony and Jack were up in Heaven pulling some strings!

With paint and brush handy I added their initials right then!

Laura and Greg, Two Hearts together as One!

I feel so blessed for this chance to meet new collectors and renew friendships with those who have been attending our event for several years. A BIG THANK YOU to Darrell and Phyllis for all of your hard work! Ed Reif, another long time member of Team Senkarik, is shown with them. As Our Jack would say, “Much Obliged to all of you who made this wonderful event possible!” WITH HUGE, APPRECIATIVE HUGS,

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HEARTY WELCOME!

September 3, 2019

The surface of the floor is painted, establishing the light and shadows streaming across the sunlit tiles. Perspective lines are drawn into the wet paint with a long liner brush dipped in an oil wash of MUD (2 parts Ultramarine Blue + 1 part Alizarin Crimson) + Liquin.

BOTTOMS UP! The canvas, attached to the backing cardboard, is placed on the taboret next to my easel. This allows me to paint the bottom edge. To see how the canvas is attached to the cardboard CLICK HERE!

VIDEO DEMONSTRATION: Painting the Heart Shaped Chili Wreath

Geraniums are blocked in around the edge of the gallery wrap canvas; Flowers First, Leaves Last. The blossoms are combinations of Cadmium Red Deep + Alizarin Crimson, Cadmium Red Deep + Cadmium Red Light and Pure Cadmium Red Light. Foliage is made of Pthalo Blue + Lemon Yellow.

A bit of White is combined in the lightest leaf mixture to make the distinctive flower buds of the Geraniums.

Sweet Potato Vine cascades from the square terra cotta container. The heart shaped foliage is painted with mixtures of Pthalo Blue + Cadmium Yellow Medium + a tiny bit of Cadmium Orange.

Mixes of Cadmium Orange + Alizarin Crimson, Cadmium Orange + Cadmium Red Light and Cadmium Orange are perfect for the California Poppies snuggled in the container with the Sweet Potato Vine.

After adding the feathery foliage of the Poppies with various shades of Pthalo Blue + Cadmium Orange + White, the centers of the flowers are delineated with Alizarin Crimson + Liquin.

African Daisies dance at the base of the Wisteria’s twisted trunk. Mixes of Alizarin Crimson + White, Magenta + White, Alizarin Crimson + Cadmium Red Light + White and Cadmium Red Light + White make the multicolored blossoms.

The leaves are painted in the same colors as those of the California Poppies. Centers of the flowers are made in three steps, beginning by making a large dark oval with MUD + Liquin, #1. The second step is to apply a dot of Cadmium Yellow in the middle of that. To finish I make a tiny dot with the MUD mixture in the very center, #3. You may enlarge the image by clicking on the picture, enabling you to see this better.

HEARTY WELCOME    16 inches by 16 inches

Chili Wreath and heart shaped shadows cast by the leaves of the Sweet Potato Vine combine to provide a HEARTY WELCOME to the visitors arriving at this quaint blue gate! I hope everyone had a wonderful Labor Day. We had a fabulous time at my Collector Event in Santa Fe. I’ll be showing lots of pictures in my next post! With Colorful Smiles and Big Hugs,

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Twisted Trunks

August 30, 2019

Starting on a fun garden gate for Gallery 1870 who represents my art in the beautiful Napa Valley of California. The basic composition has been sketched on the gallery wrap canvas with a thin oil wash made of MUD (2 parts Ultramarine Blue + 1 part Alizarin Crimson) + Liquin. The heart shaped chili wreath was covered with a mix of Alizarin Crimson + Liquin.

The cool green background is mixes of Pthalo Blue + Cadmium Orange + White. The warmer mixtures of the terra cotta tiles and wall will make it pop forward. The roof tiles are made of MUD + Cadmium Orange + White and MUD + Cadmium Orange + a little Pthalo Blue + White. The wall is blocked in with combinations in different proportions of MUD + Cadmium Yellow Medium + White. The bracket holding the lantern is drawn into the wet paint of the wall with a mix of MUD + Liquin. To learn more about our Double Primary Color Mixing System that Jack developed CLICK HERE.

I love painting the twisted trunks of Wisteria and other climbing vines. The gnarled, curved stems and limbs going this way and that remind me of the children’s song, “The Old Lady that Swallowed a Spider……it Wiggled and Jiggled and Tickled Inside Her”!

The gate is blocked in with dark and light shades of Pthalo Blue + White. Shadows are painted first, then the sunlit portion is rendered.

Adding the highlights on the edges of the individual boards in the gate and a latch complete the gate.

VIDEO DEMONSTRATION: Painting the Luscious, Lavender Wisteria

I have to climb up on a step stool to paint the top edge of the gallery wrap canvas.

A few long, twining tendrils are made on the Wisteria and that will finish up this session! Hope you’ll come back and visit my studio for our next session. I’ll be painting the floor, heart shaped chili wreath and flowers. 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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Our Color Mixing System Revisited

August 28, 2019

Many of you are familiar with our color mixing system but we have a lot of new readers who would like to know more about it. Jack taught me to paint using a mixing system he developed called a Double Primary Palette. This is not a gimmick just for conversation. It’s actually based on the scientific fact that our eyes have RODS to see black and white; CONES that register color. CONES are receptors that only “see” the three primary colors; Red, Yellow and Blue. All Umbers, Siennas, Ochres, even Blacks are mixed from these three primary colors inside the brain. Since paint manufacturers don’t make pure primary colors, our system incorporates warm and cool BLUES, warm and cool REDS, warm and cool YELLOWS, hence the name Double Primary Palette. The marvelous thing about this system is it’s impossible to mix dirty colors. Mixing these colors causes an emotional response in the brain, triggering a visual vibration as the three primaries are translated into a full range of hues.

Above the paint is laid out on my glass palette. These base colors are used in all of my paintings and are ALWAYS put on the palette in the same order. Just like in typing where the keys are always in the same place. From left to right they are:

  • Liquin (an alkyd based product that makes the oil paint dry faster)
  • MUD (Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson)
  • Ultramarine Blue or French Ultramarine Blue (Warm Blue. This blue is warmer because it contains a little red.)
  • Pthalo Blue (Cool Blue. The yellow in this blue takes it toward the green side of the color wheel, therefore it’s cooler.)
  • Alizarin Crimson (Cool Red)
  • Cadmium Red Light (Warm Red)
  • Cadmium Orange
  • Cadmium Yellow Medium (Warm Yellow)
  • Hansa Lemon Yellow or LEMON Yellow (Cool Yellow)
  • White

If you’ve been reading my blog for very long you know I use a lot of  MUD in my paintings. It’s the base of many of my mixtures. When Jack developed this Double Primary mixing system he called the deep purple mixture made from 2 parts Ultramarine Blue + 1 part Alizarin Crimson: MUD. He had a theory about life, if you throw enough MUD against the wall some of it will stick. Or in other words, if you try a lot of ideas some of them will be successful. He used tons of paint developing this palette. Many of the mixtures he tried weren’t successful, but the MUD works!

The Orange can be mixed from 1 part Cadmium Red Light + 2 parts Cadmium Yellow Medium. For convenience we use a tube of Cadmium Orange just so we don’t have to take the time to mix it. Please don’t use Cadmium Orange HUE, it does not make good color mixes. It has a tendency to go toward the pink tones.

Horses were my main subjects when I began painting over twenty years ago. As Jack taught me to paint my main concern was how could I paint horses using Red, Yellow and Blue? MUD and Orange provided the answer. They are the basis of all the Browns. Using just the two makes a rich brown.

Adding Ultramarine Blue + White to the Brown made of MUD + Cadmium Orange produces the umbers used to paint Flying High shown below. The Blacks were mixed with Alizarin Crimson + Pthalo Blue. To see any of these images larger just click on the picture.

The addition of Cadmium Red Light to the MUD + Cadmium Orange mix makes a beautiful Burnt Sienna.

It’s perfect for painting a blood bay horse and hereford cows.

Now I use the mix for terra-cotta pots and tile floors!

Yellow Ochre is easy to make. All the colors mixed with this system have a vibrancy not found in pre-mixed tube paint which has fillers and binders.

Because my main gallery is in Santa Fe, southwestern adobe buildings are found in many of my pieces. The recipe for the base adobe color is shown above. A bit of MUD is added for the shadows, more White for the highlights.

As children we learned Blue + Yellow makes Green. The Double Primary Palette takes it a step farther. Pthalo Blue has a touch of yellow in it, Hansa Lemon Yellow has a tiny bit of blue. When the two are mixed the result is a pure, intense Green.

To mute a color the complimentary hue is added. The complement of Green is Red. Here is one of the wonderful subtleties of this system. Ultramarine Blue has a touch of red in it which makes it warm. Cadmium Yellow Medium also has a little red. So when the two are mixed a warm, muted Green results because of the red in both the blue and yellow.

For those of you who are artists take a little time and just play with mixing. You will be surprised at the broad spectrum of color you can achieve with our Double Primary Palette. Have FUN!

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2019 TEAM SENKARIK Collector Event Show CATALOG

August 26, 2019

Our 2019 TEAM SENKARIK Collector Event was Wonderful!

Thank you to everyone who joined us, it was such a treat to visit with you and give you a BIG HUG. Because of my awesome collectors our party was a huge success! As JACK would say, “Much Obliged!”

 

“Revel in Serenity”

Image 24″ x 34″  Outside of Signature Frame 30″ x 40″  $3,990

I don’t know about you but it seems for me that every day is more hectic than the previous one. Painting this piece was like taking a deep breath, filling my lungs with fresh air. A chance to stop, smell the flowers and “Revel in the Serenity” of the colorful garden. The Monarch Butterfly, floating gracefully from blossom to blossom, was a last minute inspiration!

Please remember, you may click on any of the pictures to see them larger.

“Soft Caribbean Breeze”

Image 15″ x 19″  Outside of Signature Frame 20″ x 24″  $1,690   SOLD

Do you yearn to escape the hustle-bustle of your busy schedule? Take a deep breath and jump on a magic carpet to this serene terrace overlooking Trunk Bay on the beautiful island of St. John. Located in the Virgin Islands where yellow, pink and turquoise homes glow in the warm sunshine. With this Senkarik “Billboard of Happiness” in your home or office you will always be able to pause and enjoy the feel of the “Soft Caribbean Breeze” on your face anytime the craziness of daily life overwhelms you.

“Unexpected Encounter”

Image 24″ x 30″  Outside of Signature Frame 30″ x 36″  $3,290   SOLD

Searching for more nectar one of the Hummingbirds is shocked to find a little Tiger Kitty in the nicho. I have a feeling the “Unexpected Encounter” is a complete surprise for both!

I compose my paintings by capturing all of my ideas on paper before work on the canvas begins. Here’s my sketch for this year’s SHOWSTOPPER PAINTING, “Elegant Retreat”. As a special THANK YOU I’m going to give my original Pen and Ink drawing to the lucky collector who purchases “Elegant Retreat”.

“Elegant Retreat”

Image 42″ x 32″  Outside of Signature Frame 48″ x 38″  $6,990  

The price includes the Senkarik original pen and ink sketch!

I fell in love with this door the very first time I saw it in 1990 when Jack took me to visit all 21 of the California Missions. The beautiful blue portal was tucked away in the courtyard at Mission San Juan Bautista. The entire painting is designed around the doorway, I’ve made up the courtyard based on memories of different places we’ve traveled over the years. Brilliant sunlight illuminating the building in the background invites the viewer to walk up the graceful steps of this “Elegant Retreat” to that gorgeous blue door!

“Washed with Sunshine”

Image 19″ x 15″  Outside of Signature Frame 24″ x 20″  $1,690   SOLD

One of the most charming sights in the Greek Islands is the little burros, clip-clopping up and down steps through the narrow passageways, serving as “Delivery Trucks”. It’s so fun when strolling though the twisting alleys to come around a corner and catch a glimpse of one “Washed with Sunshine”!

“Towers of San Gimignano”

Image 8″ x 6″  Outside of Signature Frame 12″ x 10″  $ 490   SOLD

The “Towers of San Gimignano” rise high above fields of Lavender and cheerful Sunflowers in Tuscany.

“Spirit of Spring”

Image 8″ x 6″  Outside of Signature Frame 12″ x 10″  $ 490   SOLD

Nothing like a field of Bluebonnets and a Red Barn to fill your heart with the “Spirit of Spring” in Texas!

“Assisi Sunrise”

Image 8″ x 6″  Outside of Signature Frame 12″ x 10″  $ 490   SOLD

Poppies glow in the soft light of the “Assisi Sunrise”.

“Nestled by the Chapel”

Image 11″ x 11″  Outside of Signature Frame 16″ x 16″  $ 690   SOLD

Shadows dancing across the Gothic Architecture of the famous Loretto Chapel can be seen from this pleasant courtyard “Nestled by the Chapel”.

“Positively Provence”

Image 11″ x 11″  Outside of Signature Frame 16″ x 16″  $ 690   SOLD

If you’re like me you just can’t pass up a flower shop, especially one that is “Positively Provence”! The green door, red and white striped umbrella and colorful “Fleurs” tugged at my heartstrings, beckoning me to paint this delightful setting.

“Flower Girl in Training”

Image 11″ x 11″  Outside of Signature Frame 16″ x 16″  $ 690   SOLD

Guess you’ve noticed I adore burros and this precious filly absolutely stole my heart! Won’t be long before the sweet little “Flower Girl in Training” will be carrying baskets filled with blossoms, all on her own. Meanwhile she’s learning the ropes from her patient Mama! Can’t you just imagine the smiles the pair brings to people along their delivery route!

“Please Don’t Wake the Baby”

Image 11″ x 11″  Outside of Signature Frame 16″ x 16″  $ 690   SOLD

A trio of Hummingbirds happily cavort around bright flowers protected by a tired little kitten. Bet he’s worn himself out helping his “humans” with the gardening. Can’t you just hear the hummers quietly squeaking, “Please Don’t Wake the Baby”?

“Essence of Santa Fe”

Image 11″ x 11″  Outside of Signature Frame 16″ x 16″  $ 690

Exploring the “City Different” delights one’s heart. Bright flowers, colorful doorways, folk art crosses and chance encounters with roosters are the “Essence of Santa Fe.” 

“Whispers of the Cote d’Azur”

Image 24″ x 34″  Outside of Signature Frame 30″ x 40″  $3,990

The southern coast of France is magical. Warm Mediterranean breezes, bright bougainvilleas and rugged, creamy stone buildings make this one of Jack’s and my favorite places to travel. Strolling through this colorful courtyard filled my soul with “Whispers of the Cote d’Azur”.

The following paintings, just a little bit different, were designed especially as a surprise for my Collector Event this year. I call this series “BURSTING WITH BLOOMS”  because the flowers actually “BURST” out into the Senkarik/White Signature Frame!

“Shimmer of White”

Image 19″ x 9″  Outside of Signature Frame 24″ x 14″  $1,990

Asiatic Lilies are an iridescent “Shimmer of White” against the rich, red background.

“Effervescent Irises”

Image 19″ x 9″  Outside of Signature Frame 24″ x 14″  $1,990

Last Christmas I was blessed with a completely out of the blue and surprising show of “Effervescent Irises” in our garden. Taking lots of pictures of these early arrivals, as they were a couple of months ahead of schedule, I promised myself to paint the huge yellow gems. So here they are!

“Colorful Explosion”

Image 19″ x 25″  Outside of Signature Frame 24″ x 30″  $2,990   SOLD

I love Poppies, they always make me smile. Let these multicolored beauties POP into your heart with a “Colorful Explosion”!

You may Call 505.988.5545 to add any of the remaining pieces to your collection.

Words can’t even begin to express how much I appreciate all of your support and encouragement over the years! My TEAM SENKARIK Members are the BEST!

With Colorful Smiles and Hugs,

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Positively Provence

August 23, 2019

The floor is covered with several mixtures of MUD (2 parts Ultramarine Blue + 1 part Alizarin Crimson) + Cadmium Orange + a tiny bit of Pthalo Blue + White. Some of the color from the Wisteria and Door are brought down into the shadows to give the impression the tiles are glistening from a quick spring shower that just passed through. You may click on this, or any of the other images to view enlargements.

Perspective lines separating the tiles are drawn into the wet paint with a long liner brush dipped in a thin oil wash of MUD + Liquin.

Cadmium Red Light is added into the floor colors to paint the large terra cotta flower containers.

VIDEO DEMONSTRATION: Painting the White Daisies

Sunflowers are blocked in with Cadmium Yellow Medium + MUD, Cadmium Yellow Medium + Cadmium Orange and Pure Cadmium Yellow Medium. Then leaves are painted around the masses of yellow with several combinations of Ultramarine Blue + Lemon Yellow. A few brushstrokes of Pthalo Blue + White are added into the shadows for coolness.

After making the large, dark centers in the Sunflowers I turn my attention to the Lilies in the foreground. Several different hues are used here. Permanent Rose + White, Permanent Rose + Cadmium Red Light + White, Cadmium Red Light + Alizarin Crimson + White and Cadmium Red Light + White are used for these happy flowers.

Mixes of Ptalo Blue + Lemon Yellow + White are perfect for the Lily leaves. Next the deep centers in the individual blossoms are delineated with Magenta + Liquin.

“Positively Provence” 

If you’re like me you just can’t pass up a flower shop, especially one that is “Positively Provence”! The green door, red and white striped umbrella and colorful “Fleurs” tug at my heartstrings. I’m ready to jump on the next jet plane heading for the South of France and go there for real! With Cheerful Smiles and Hugs,

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Wisteria, Red Stripes and “Fleurs”

August 21, 2019

Wispy Wisteria delicately drapes over the Sevres Green door. Another special color, Dioxazine Purple, is used here. I’ve made several mixes of Dioxazine Purple + Ultramarine Blue + White and Dioxazine Purple + White for the long dangling blossoms. After blocking in the masses of purple the foliage is added with combinations of Viridian Green + Cadmium Yellow Medium.

Long tendrils of the vine are drawn into the wet paint of the wall and door. Then the petals of the Wisteria flowers are highlighted.

The lighter portions of the triangular shaped planes of the umbrella are now painted with mixes of White + Ultramarine Blue + a touch of Cadmium Orange. The shadows are White + MUD and White + Ultramarine Blue.

Red stripes are dragged over the White; Cadmium Red Deep is used for those in shadow. The sunlit part of the stripes are pure Cadmium Red Light.

VIDEO DEMONSTRATION: Painting the Sign “Fleurs”

So, we’re done for today. In our next session we’ll work on the tile floor and rest of the flowers. I’ll even have a video showing how I paint the White Daisies. Hope you’ll come back to my studio and watch! Thanks for all of your kind comments! With BIG HUGS,

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