Memories of Taos

SJ9413 Memories of Taos Step 11

The Nasturtiums behind the pot are blocked in, then I start on the cow skull. This brings back memories of my Medical Illustration days! I’m leaving the bony structure of the maxilla and lower zygomatic arch exposed. I use creamy mixes of Ultramarine Blue + Cadmium Orange + White for the bone color. MUD (Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson) is added for the darker shadows underneath the eye socket and inside the nasal cavity.

SJ9413 Memories of Taos Step 12

The nasal bones and forehead are adorned with bead work. The design is taken from a photo Tracy sent. I’ve never attempted anything like this before, guess I’ll begin by roughing in the basic blocks of the bead colors.

SJ9413 Memories of Taos Step 13

I’ve changed the yellow green beads in the previous picture to the soft blue green above. The other was too similar to the foliage of the Pansies. I like this a lot better, what do you think?

SJ9413 Memories of Taos Step 14

Whew! Got the beading done. Now let’s plant some more Nasturtiums. The flower color is blocked in first with mixes of Alizarin Crimson + Magenta, Alizarin Crimson + Cadmium Red Light and Cadmium Red Light.

SJ9413 Memories of Taos 10x10Memories of Taos   10″ x 10″   Original Oil Painting

Characteristic round leaves are painted around the Nasturtium flowers, highlights on the petals are made of Cadmium Orange. The final step is to add the dark centers of the blossoms with touches of Magenta. We’ll have to let this dry a few days, then this cheery piece will be ready to bring pleasant Memories of Taos to its new home with Tracy.

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2 Responses to “Memories of Taos”

  1. corie white Says:

    This was so neat to watch, Mikki….You are so inspiring and having an artist admit that something would be a first for them even though they’re established, it’s so encouraging to those of us just starting a professional career. Thanks for sharing your experiences with us.

  2. Tracy Says:

    As the beyond proud, delighted, giggling, giddy, new owner of this incredible piece, my gratitude to Mikki for collaborating with me and welcoming my ideas to achieve the perfect personalized piece is immeasurable! Thank you Mikki! Not just for this piece (which will be treasured for generations to come; but for taking us through so many of your works and offering a few on eBay too.
    “Those who can’t, commision.”

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