Sunny Sky, Azure Water

August 22, 2017


VIDEO DEMONSTRATION: Painting begins with the sunny sky.

VIDEO DEMONSTRATION: Now for the azure Water!

The isle of Sa Dragonera is blocked in with varying mixes of MUD (Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson) + a tiny bit of Pthalo Blue + a touch of Cadmium Orange + White. Some of the blue from the water is added into the shadows to make them cooler.

After the bluffs of La Trapa are roughed in the sandy beach at their base is painted with combinations of White + Cadmium Orange + Ultramarine Blue. Please remember as you read my blog, you may click on any of the images to see them larger.

Waves crash against the craggy rocks. Listen closely, I bet you can hear the song of the surf! I had planned to post this blog last night after the solar eclipse yesterday afternoon. But… dear Molly (one of our two rescue kitties) wasn’t feeling well; I had to take her to the vet instead. So after two shots and a subcutaneous IV she’s back home. Seems she and Sissie got into a tussle; Molly had an infection from a scratch. I’m armed with 10 days worth of Antibiotic drops to give her so all is well. She’ll be back to herself in a few days. BUT….to get around to my story about the solar eclipse. I had the special glasses and was all prepared to view the moon slipping in front of the sun. I was in and out enjoying the progress. At 1:09 PM, the time of our most complete view I stepped out the door and noticed the shadow of our oak tree on the sidewalk. It was full of little crescents!

Here is a picture.

And a close-up. The crescents are exactly the same as the crescent of the sun showing from behind the moon. 

Here is the shadow after the sun was entirely back to normal. All I can figure is the light coming through the tiny openings between the tree leaves acted like the pin hole viewer that people made to watch the eclipse! I know there are some of you who are more scientifically knowledgeable than I am. WHAT DO YOU THINK??????? With Puzzled Hugs, 





Surprise Commission

August 18, 2017

Now I can show you the GIFT painting I did for my collector’s wife in honor of a very important occasion in their life. Mallorca and Valencia, Spain are places that hold a special spot in their hearts. So both are going to be incorporated in the piece. A Valencia Orange Tree in the planter by the door and the coastline of Mallorca in the distance.

Work on the canvas begins by sketching the basic architectural elements with a brush dipped in a thin oil wash of MUD (Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson) + Liquin.

Wall planters hang on either side of the door, the Valencia Orange in its container nestles close to the door step. Then I move to the fountain on the opposite side of the courtyard. After drawing the top of the fountain I realize the base needs to be a bit larger, so it is expanded to the left.

Brick will be inlaid on the arches over the door and courtyard opening. 

We’re way up on the side of the mountain with a great view, looking out over the vista of the Mallorcan coast! We’ll start painting in our next session, hope you’ll come watch. I’ll even have some VIDEO Demonstrations! 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!

Delivery of Sunshine

August 17, 2017

The interior of the back wheel is filled with Lavender. I don’t add any details of the flowers or spokes because I want that area to recede. Then the bicycle pedal is painted. The flat edge of my Bright (square) brush is ideal for shaping the chrome portion.

Moving to the front of the bike I paint the flowers in behind the wheel. Then spokes are added. I don’t delineate each and every one, just those glinting in the sunlight. The viewer’s eye will complete the picture. Unless you look very closely you wouldn’t even notice they aren’t totally there. 

You may enlarge the image to see this better, just click on the picture and check it out! You’ll see what I mean. Just one of those neat little tricks “Our Jack” taught me!

DEMONSTRATION VIDEO! Painting the wicker basket that will be filled with Sunflowers.

Now let’s deck out those baskets in the back with Geraniums. Cadmium Red Deep, Cadmium Red Medium and Cadmium Red Light are used for the blossoms. The foliage is made of mixes of Pthalo Blue + Lemon Yellow.

Sunflowers are blocked in with various combinations of Cadmium Yellow Deep + Cadmium Orange + MUD (Alizarin Crimson + Ultramarine Blue) and Cadmium Yellow Medium. A few brushstrokes of red leftover from the Geraniums are mixed in here and there for interest.

The large, dark centers are MUD + Liquin. Sweet Potato Vine is going to tumble out of the basket where the white spot is.

Now for the icing on the cake, our sweet little kitty! Color remaining from the rock wall, mixed with a little MUD is used for him.

Here’s a closeup of the tiny “sniffer”!

Delivery of Sunshine   14 inches by 14 inches

Some lucky person is going to receive a “Delivery of Sunshine”. What a happy surprise! Thanks for following along. And…..speaking of surprises. In our next session I’ll be starting that secret gift commission I told you about a while ago. HUGS,


Rough Rock, Smooth Tile

August 15, 2017

Several mixtures of MUD (Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson) + Cadmium Orange + more Ultramarine Blue + White are used for the rough, rock walls. The colors are applied to the canvas first, then I come back and impressionistically indicate the crevices of the individual stones. Lighter mortar, made by adding White to some of the wall color, fills the joints.

Window sashes and shutters are mixes of Cobalt Blue + White. I paint around the sketch of the kitten very carefully; my wrist rests on the mahl stick to steady my hand.

The light and shadow pattern is established on the tile floor. My basic mixes are MUD + Cadmium Orange + White.

After drawing the perspective lines that separate the tiles into the wet paint of the floor with a fine liner brush, the part of the bicycle tires hitting the ground are made. I want to do this while the tile paint is still wet, it’s much easier to make the edges smooth.

Dioxazine Purple + White is perfect for the Lavender snuggled against the base of the rock wall. The flowers are blocked in first, then the foliage will be painted.

Right now I’m going to leave the areas inside the bicycle tires unfinished. I’ll come back and paint the Lavender in those spots when I’m ready to do the spokes!

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Pedalin’ in Provence

August 11, 2017

We’re going to Provence today! I love the bicycles with baskets full of flowers that you see in Southern France. So, here’s my sketch for another show painting which is going to be 14 inches tall by 14 inches wide.

But once I get to working on the canvas I realize there is far too much for me to cram in this size piece. My original composition is much better suited for a larger, vertical painting. So we’ll make some adjustments “on the fly”. Or maybe I should say, “on the pedal”! The bike and flowers are the main focal point so off with the striped awning. I’ll just add some shutters on either side of the window.

As I was adding the shutters a thought came to me…. What about a kitty sitting on the window sill sniffing the Sunflowers? Sissie, one of our rescue kitties, has to sniff everything. Jack often commented that he was surprised her little nose didn’t get worn out she sniffed so much!

I’d already washed in the window area with a thin mixture of MUD (Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson) + Liquin. It was easy enough to go back and lift off the wash with a clean brush dipped in odorless paint thinner to make the kitty’s shape. 

We’re all drawn up and ready to start painting in our next session. I do hope you’ll come back and visit our studio. 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!


Morning’s Song

August 8, 2017

We’ll begin work on the Helenium, nestled at the base of the wall below the Petunias. My palette is shown above. Colors left over from previous sessions is lined up on the left. The oil paint will be usable for 3 or 4 days. It’s nice to save the colors in case I need to go back and work on one of the areas I’ve painted earlier. My mixes for the foliage of the rusty orange flowers (#1) are three shades of Sap Green + Lemon Yellow. #2. Alizarin Crimson + a bit of Cadmium Red Medium. #3. Pure Cadmium Red Light. #4. Cadmium Orange + a touch of Alizarin Crimson.

The blossoms are blocked in first. The mass of color on the right is lighter because the sun, spilling through the archway, will be illuminating those blossoms.

Next the greens are painted around the reds and oranges. By working in this sequence, FLOWERS FIRST, LEAVES LAST, the hues of the blossoms remain bright and crisp. If the foliage was blocked in first, my brush would pick up some of the green as I painted the flowers over it, muddying the color.

Painting the centers of the Helenium is a three step process. #1. Dark centers are made with MUD (Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson) + Liquin. #2. A Cadmium Yellow Medium dot is added in the middle of that. Then a speck of MUD is made in the center of the yellow (#3).  You may enlarge the picture to see this better, just click on the image.

DEMONSTRATION VIDEO: Part One of painting Matilija Poppies. These beautiful flowers are 6 to 8 inches in diameter; the plants can grow up to 8 feet tall!

DEMONSTRATION VIDEO: The second part of showing how I paint Matilija Poppies.

The Matilija Poppies are complete. Now you can see why a lot of people call them “Fried Egg Flowers”!

Tall Hollyhocks are planted on the right side of the arch. The dark upright provides contrast for the light streaming into the courtyard.

The rising sun just tips the edges of some of the Hollyhock flowers and leaves. The soft light skipping across the clouds, landscape and courtyard garden is all part of God’s glorious “Morning’s Song”. Thank you for following along and also for your wonderful comments. I appreciate you taking the time to write. If you’ve enjoyed my blog please feel free to share it with all of your friends. HUGS,

Purple and Pink

August 6, 2017

The Clematis was originally washed in with Dioxazine Purple + Liquin and Magenta + Liquin. That was allowed to dry, today I’m coming back to complete this beautiful flowering vine. Mixtures of Sap Green + Lemon Yellow + White make up the foliage. Then opaque mixes of Dioxazine Purple + White and Magenta + White are used to highlight the petals of the blossoms. The luminous wash is allowed to show through, adding richness to the flowers.

The deep centers are made with Alizarin Crimson + Liquin, stamens are then added with a combination of Cadmium Yellow Medium + a touch of MUD (Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson). You may enlarge the image to see it more clearly, just click on the picture.

Pink Petunias tumble out of terra cotta containers. The mass of pinks is made of several shades of Permanent Rose + White. I work in my usual sequence of FLOWERS FIRST, LEAVES LAST. Notice the blossoms are blocked in on the left, on the right I’m added the greens. I work around the pinks with the darker leaves, shaping the flowers. The foliage is made of pure greens resulting from combining different proportions of Pthalo Blue + Lemon Yellow.

The morning sun dances on the Petunias, waking them from their nightly slumber. I appreciate your visit today. Please come back, I’ll have a demonstration video in our next session! And if you’ve enjoyed my blog please feel free to share it with all of your friends. HUGS,

Mixin’ Paint

August 4, 2017

DEMONSTRATION VIDEO! Painting the Adobe walls on “Morning’s Song”.

DEMONSTRATION VIDEO! Mixing the paint for the tile roof and bricks embedded over the arches.

DEMONSTRATION VIDEO! Got the paint all mixed, now let’s paint that roof!

Paint leftover from the tile roof is used for the courtyard floor. First the light and shadow pattern is established. 

Next the perspective lines of the tiles are drawn into the wet paint with a fine liner brush. I can’t use my mahl stick here, it would limit the movement of my arm prohibiting me from making the lines straight. It helps to hold your breath as you do this!

Adding the horizontal perspective lines separating the individual tiles finishes up the floor. Moving to the door, I block it in with two shades of Pthalo Blue + White. In reality the rising sun, still low in the sky, would not illuminate the door. But I take some artistic license to allow a tiny shaft of sunlight to slip through the window and glow on the bright blue panel.

The edges of the upright boards are highlighted and the door handle installed. That’s all for this session. But before I go I want to let you in on this great offer to……..

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Day Break

August 2, 2017

Our setting is early in the morning as sunlight just begins to dance across the clouds and landscape. And God provided me with an exceptionally beautiful sunrise to study this morning as I walked. I believe HE gave Jack and all of the other Master artists in Heaven huge paintbrushes to splash HIS glory across the clouds. I can’t even come close but I’ll do my best. My color mixes are #1. White + MUD (Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson). #2. White + MUD + Alizarin Crimson + a touch of Cadmium Red Light. #3. Mix #2 + White + Cadmium Orange. #4. Two shades of White + Cobalt Blue.

The entire sky is blocked in first with the #4 mixtures; clouds are then painted wet into wet over the blue. The sun pours into the painting from the right so the clouds on that side are made with the lightest mix #3. #2 is used as we move further to the left, while the darkest mixture is added intermittently along the top of the distant mountains. Please remember as you read through my blog, you may click on any of the images to see them larger.

The mountain ridge furthest from us is made cooler, or bluer, so it will recede. Notice how the sun warms the portion at the right, I’ve added some of mix #3 there. Sunlight warms the bluffs framed by the open archway.

You can see how I’ve “Painted Forward”. Working on the sky, then the distant mountain, moving to the bluffs and now the hill just beyond the rock wall. The dark pinon pines help to make the light on the bluffs glow. 

OxBlood Lilies top the wall lining the cobblestone path that slopes down the hill.

A brush of day break brightens the Lilies and top of the rock wall. Then random lines are added to indicate the crevices between the cobbles and we’re done for today. Hope you’ll come back for our next session. I’ll have a VIDEO showing how I mix colors. HUGS,

A Cool Arch

July 31, 2017

Beginning a new piece for Our Annual Collector Event. Going through our reference files I came upon this picture. I love the cross beam in the arch so I’m going to incorporate that idea into my painting.

I make a VERY rough thumbnail sketch of my general plan. This is definitely not a finished drawing, the perspective is off. But it’s good enough for my purposes; giving me a “road map” to follow for this painting. If it was a commission I’d do a much more complete sketch and ink it in. 

Before transferring the plan to my canvas I went back and looked at my show inventory. Sure glad I did, because I have another piece that is totally different but has a door on the right side. So I flip my composition and begin drawing the basic architectural elements on the canvas.

A brush dipped in a thin oil wash of MUD (Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson) + Liquin is used to draw the plan.

Here is the proportion of Liquin (#1) to MUD (#2) that is used to make the oil wash for sketching the design on the canvas. Those two are mixed thoroughly. If you’d like a lighter value, add more Liquin. To make the wash a darker value, put in a bit more MUD. #3 is a wash of Magenta + Liquin and #4, Dioxazine Purple + Liquin. These are used for blocking in the Clematis which I show in the following Video.

DEMONSTRATION VIDEO: Washing in the blossoms of the Clematis Vine.

We’ll begin painting in the 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!