The soft pink blossoms of the Sakura Cherry Tree are blocked in with mixes of Alizarin Crimson + Magenta + White and several shades of Alizarin Crimson + White.
The gnarled, knobby truck is fun to paint! You can see how the image extends onto the side of the gallery wrapped canvas.
Highlights on the delicate petals of the Cherry Blossoms are indicated with a mix of White + Alizarin Crimson. The corner of my small Bright (Square) brush is used to make the thick, textured brushstrokes. You may click on this or any of the other pictures to see them larger.
The roof of the arch is a grey-green that will make the red of the columns appear brighter. I’ve used mixes of Pthalo Blue + Cadmium Orange + MUD (Alizarin Crimson + Ultramarine Blue) + White.
I made the distant peak of Arenal more blue or cooler. It was a little too warm and wasn’t receding into the background. This follows a simple rule to give the impression of depth in a painting: Cool Colors Go Back, Warm Colors Come Forward. The long fronds of the palms are painted directly over the wet mountain.
Heart shaped leaves of Ivy cascade from the trunk of the Cherry Blossom Tree.
Mixes of Cadmium Red Deep + Magenta, Cadmium Red Deep and Cadmium Red Medium are used for the arch.
The red of the arch is more muted than the bright plumage of the Male Cardinal so he will stand out!
The frames, as well as the light and shadow patterns on the panels that will bear the Japanese characters are blocked in first.
The calligraphy is then drawn into the wet background with a fine liner brush dipped in Ivory Black.
The symbols on the panels stand for HOPE, FAITH and LOVE. That’s it for this session. Thank you for following along today. Big Hugs,