Sky and Sea

January 14, 2018

 

VIDEO DEMONSTRATION: Painting the sky and distant horizon

VIDEO DEMONSTRATION: The Azure Water

Broad strokes of the darker rock colors are made near the shore to give the impression of the large stones underneath the shallow water.

Reflections of the edges of flat rocks protruding from the beach are pulled straight down into the wet sand. A few strokes of Ultramarine Blue + White have also been dragged downward to indicate the reflection of the surf. You may click on the image to enlarge the picture, making this easier to see.

The water behind the unfilled portion of the wine glasses is made slightly darker. Then the rims are highlighted with pure White.

Sky, ocean and beach are complete. Jack always thought my paintings with an open door or archway looked so cool at this stage. He loved the combination of the finished scene in the distance while the foreground was still just a sketch. So this picture is for Our Angel Jack! Have a great day and I’ll see you in our next session! HUGS,

 

 

 

Traveling to the Cote d’Azur

January 11, 2018

We’re heading to the south of France today. Many of you really liked the piece I posted on New Year’s Day. It was actually a detail of a larger painting I had done in 2010. Jack always said, “Your collectors will tell you what to paint!” so I’m going to do another version of this scene. I printed out the square and then designed my new, horizontal painting around it. The sketch is taped to the mantle beside the easel. You may click on the image to see it larger.

Work begins on the canvas by constructing the arches of the terrace. To make sure the uprights of the columns are absolutely straight a T-Square is balanced on top of my canvas to draw the lines. A brush dipped in a thin oil wash of MUD (Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson) + Liquin is used.

Next the arches are drawn freehand.

A lantern with candles is placed on the low wall along the curved walkway leading to the terrace.

Geraniums and Sweet Potato Vine fill the large container, Birds of Paradise will reside in the planter behind the lantern.

VIDEO DEMONSTRATION: Sketching the Nasturtiums and Giant Birds of Paradise

The low table and chairs snuggle in the space between the Giant Birds of Paradise and foreground flowers.

The wine bottle is first washed in with a thin mix of Sap Green + Liquin. There are going to be glasses with some wine in them so a wash of Alizarin Crimson is applied over the bottom part of the bottle to give the impression it’s half full!

Wine glasses are added, chairs drawn in and the rocks of Cap d’Antibes are sketched in the background. We’re ready to begin painting in our next session!

Before we go today I thought you might like to see one of Jack’s “Spirit Warrior Paintings”. The Bald Eagle was one of his favorite birds and, as a proud American, felt it was a perfect symbol for our great country. He loved painting the weathered faces of wise, old Indian chiefs and the Warrior Brave shows up in many of his “Spirit Paintings”. He often called him, “My alter ego”! Many Jack White collectors say the face reminds them of the artist himself! This painting is up for auction on eBay. CLICK HERE if you’d like to go to the auction.

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Rock House Homestead Limited Original

January 8, 2018

This Limited Original of the “Rock House Homestead” is mounted on contemporary stretcher bars, so the image extends on to the sides of the canvas. NO framing is necessary, my collectors can just hang it on their wall and ENJOY! The wine cups are embellished with mixes of Alizarin Crimson + Permanent Rose, Magenta + Alizarin Crimson and Permanent Rose + Magenta + White.

VIDEO DEMONSTRATION: Embellishing the Indian Blanket Flowers

The oranges and red-oranges in the Indian Blanket Flowers POP when juxtaposed against the Bluebonnets. Blue and Orange are complimentary colors, across from each other on the color wheel. By placing them next to each other the Oranges appear even more brilliant.

Morning Glories cascade over the gate post. The flowers are repainted with mixtures of Magenta + White. You may click on the image to see it larger.

The sunny highlights on the weathered cedar post are enhanced with mixes of MUD (Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson) + Cadmium Orange + White. The warmth in these browns makes them come forward from those used for the upright beams and railings on the porch.

Cadmium Yellow combined with Lemon Yellow accentuates the bright petals of the cheery Sunflowers. The large centers are repainted, grasses in the road, as well as the yucca, are tipped with light and the Limited Original of the “Rock House Homestead” is complete! You can see with all of the repainting that is done, no two pieces within an edition are alike. That’s how Jack came up with the term LIMITED ORIGINAL. I appreciate you following along! BIG HUGS,

Painting on a Giclee

January 6, 2018

Today I’m embellishing a LIMITED ORIGINAL Giclee of the “Rock House Homestead”, a commission I painted a few months ago. I begin with the old barn in the background. The high resolution reproduction on canvas printed a little warm so I’ve repainted the roof with cool blue grays to make it drop into the distance better. Then the front of the John Deere tractor is highlighted.

The field of Bluebonnets is glazed with a thin oil wash of Cobalt Blue + Liquin. This makes the color of our Texas State flower richer.

VIDEO DEMONSTRATION: Embellishing the Old Rock House

I have a confession to make, I failed to focus the camera when I began the video! BUT I did think of it halfway through, so the second half is in focus. I apologize, a cinematographer I’m NOT!

The limestone building is complete, let’s move on to the Bluebonnets.

VIDEO DEMONSTRATION: Enhancing the Bluebonnets

Now the brilliant blossoms of the Indian Paintbrush are accentuated with mixes of Permanent Rose + Cadmium Orange + White.

Cacti are a Texas Hill Country staple. After spring showers the prickly pads are decked out with beautiful flowers. These are painted with combinations of Cadmium Lemon Yellow, Cadmium Yellow Deep and Cadmium Orange. Please remember as you read through my blog, you may click on any of the images to see them larger. 

That’s all for today but there’s more to do. I hope you’ll come back for the next session and follow along. 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. And if you enjoy my blog please CLICK the FaceBook LIKE Button. As we say in Texas, “Much Obliged!

 

Liza and Friend

January 4, 2018

I’m in love with little Miss Piggy. I suppose it’s a girl, I’m going to call her that anyway! I’ve never drawn or painted a pig before, not even in my former life as a Medical Illustrator. And this is such a cutie. Please remember as you read through my blog, you may click on any of the images to see them larger.

 

Sleeping Beauty, snuggled in Liza’s arms is finished. Now work begins on our future Veterinarian. Her teeth are done as a unit, covering the entire surface with a light wash. Then the indentations of the gums, dipping between the teeth, are indicated. It the teeth were painted individually, it would look like Liza had a picket fence in her mouth.

Stepping back to study the portrait I determine more work is needed to define her facial tones and structure.

Liza’s sparkling eyes were blocked in during the previous session. It’s time to complete them by adding the details.

Liza and Friend      10″ x 10″ Vignette

The last thing to do is make Liza’s widow peak a little more prominent. Liza and Friend has been such a fun portrait to do. Will be fun to hear what Liza says when she receives her surprise! I appreciate you following my blog, please feel free to ask questions. HUGS,

 

Vignette Portrait

January 2, 2018

HAPPY NEW YEAR! Hope everyone’s was fun, joyful and safe. Now it’s time to get back to work. And I have an especially fun project to get 2018 off to a great start. A portrait commission with a PIGLET! Now how cool is that? Liza is a veterinary student at Oklahoma University and this sweet little piggy was one of a litter of 14! Wouldn’t want to be that mother. OH MY, I’d have one of these babies in a heartbeat if I didn’t know just how big it would be in a matter of months! Liza’s father commissioned me to do the portrait in my VIGNETTE technique as a gift for his lovely daughter. By the way, do you think she’s just a tiny bit excited about cuddling that cute baby?

First, Liza and Miss Piggy are lightly sketched in pencil on a cradled panel that has been primed with white acrylic. Then I begin blocking in her long, dark hair with a brush dipped in a thin oil wash of MUD (Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson) + Liquin.

Next the light and dark planes of Liza’s face are established.

VIDEO DEMONSTRATION: Blocking in Liza’s eyes

VIDEO DEMONSTRATION: Pig’s Feet

The original photo was in a vertical or portrait orientation. Since my panel is 10 inches square I have to lift the darling piglet up, snuggling it closer to Liza’s face. All is in place, we’ll work on the details in our next session. Hope you’ll come follow along. 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. And if you enjoy my blog please CLICK the FaceBook LIKE Button. As we say in Texas, “Much Obliged!

 

Beginning a New Chapter

December 30, 2017

“We will open the book.

Its pages are blank.

We are going to put words on them ourselves.

The book is called ‘Opportunity’ and its first chapter is

New Year’s Day.”

— Edith L. Pierce

 

“Our Jack” could have written this; sounds just like something he’d say doesn’t it? Let’s all strive to make OUR BOOK for 2018 the best ever, filling each and every page as fully as we can. NO BAD DAYS, OK! And as you outline how you are going to write your life this year please include my gallery events in your plans. I’ll be giving a painting demonstration at Pitzer’s Fine Art Gallery in Wimberley, Texas on Saturday, January 27. CLICK HERE for more information.

Also….Friday, August 31 and Saturday, September 1st I’ll be in Santa Fe, New Mexico at the Santa Fe Art Collector Gallery for our Annual Collector Event. Hope you’ll join us in the fun. To find out more and see pictures from 2017’s gala CLICK HERE!

May Our Lord guide you in 2018; blessing you with His Peace, Joy and Love.

BIG HUGS and HAPPY NEW YEAR!

 

An Angel Appeared…..

December 24, 2017

“…..and said to them, ‘Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; He is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”  Luke 2:10-12

 

I want to share with you the Glory, the Wonder and the Miracle of this Christmas season. My thoughts turn gratefully to those of you who have touched Jack’s and my lives over these many years. Our collectors, readers, old friends and new, I appreciate all of you. In this spirit we say, simply but sincerely ….

Thank You for being there for us, your friendship is truly a Blessing. Best Wishes for a Very Merry Christmas and a Wonderful New Year!

Mikki, Molly, Sissie and Angel Jack

Vision of Santa Fe

December 22, 2017

Let’s begin with the Salvia. I’m working opposite of my usual “Flowers First, Leaves Last” sequence of blocking in blooming plants. This is because the spiky blossoms tower above the foliage and I don’t have to work the greens around them. Please remember as you read my blog, you may click on any of the images to see them larger.

A few blooms do drop down, over the leaves. The thick paint of those flowers is gently “Laid” on top of the greens. I’m careful to watch my brush to see if it picks up any of the foliage color. If so, I immediately clean the brush in order to keep the green from muddying the rich color of the flowers. Mixes of Magenta + White, Dioxazine Purple + Magenta + White and Alizarin Crimson + White are used for the Salvia.

We turn our attention to the pink Hollyhocks made of Permanent Rose + White. I go back to my regular method of blocking them in. After the masses of Pink are established I come back with greens, made of Pthalo Blue + Lemon Yellow, to paint the leaves.

Cheerful Coreopsis fill the container by the basket of spicy chile peppers. Juxtaposed against the Red Gate, the yellow flowers add a happy touch to this courtyard.

The flowers are all planted, let’s get to work painting that basket………

VIDEO DEMONSTRATION: Painting the Basket

Vision of Santa Fe     14″ x 14″

Our colorful Southwestern scene is finished! After a few days drying time the painting will be off to Joe and Nancy’s home; there it will provide them a romantic Vision of Santa Fe for many anniversaries to come. It’s so much fun to collaborate with my collectors and especially cool when I can throw in a little surprise for them! I appreciate you following along and a BIG Thank You to Joe and Nancy for allowing me to be part of commemorating their special occasion! HUGS,

A Special Surprise

December 20, 2017

Trumpet Vine cascades over the stair stepped courtyard wall. The flowers are blocked in first (#1) with mixes of Alizarin Crimson + Cadmium Red Light, Alizarin Crimson + Cadmium Orange and pure Cadmium Orange. Leaves are then painted around the masses of blooms (# 2). Mixtures of Sap Green + Lemon Yellow are used for the foliage.

Centers are made in the individual flowers with a brush dipped in a thin mix of Alizarin Crimson + Liquin. You may click on the image to see it larger.

Unique Folk Art Crosses provide happy accents on the rounded adobe walls of Santa Fe. This one is painted with a combination of Pthalo Turquoise Blue + White.

VIDEO DEMONSTRATION: A Special Surprise!

Cobblestones pave the floor, the entire surface is first covered with choppy brushwork to replicate the texture of the rounded rocks.

Next the crevices between the individual stones are indicated with a dark mix of MUD (Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson) + Liquin.

Having the canvas attached to cardboard makes it easy to handle the wet painting. Would you like to know how that was done? CLICK HERE to find out. The entire unit is placed flat on my taboret in order to paint the lower edge of the gallery wrap canvas.

We’ll be planting in the 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. And if you enjoy my blog please CLICK the FaceBook LIKE Button. As we say in Texas, “Much Obliged!