Nature’s Concert


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Now, let’s get to gardening. I paint most blooming plants in the following sequence: Flowers First, Leaves Last. This is so my flower colors stay bright and clean. If the leaves were blocked in to begin with my brush would pick up some of the green as I added the blooms, dirtying their color. I’ve numbered the steps in the picture above. #1. The Geraniums are blocked in with Cadmium Red Deep + Magenta and Cadmium Red Deep. #2. I come back with greens mixed of Pthalo Blue + Lemon Yellow and work the leaves around the blossom color.

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Highlights of Cadmium Red Light are made on the Geranium petals illuminated by the sun. Stems and buds finish them out. Now for the Sunflowers. The large blooms are first roughed in with mixes of Cadmium Yellow Medium + Cadmium Orange + a little MUD (Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson) and pure Cadmium Yellow Medium.

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The warm green leaves are mixes of Ultramarine Blue + Lemon Yellow. Strokes of Pthalo Blue + White left over from the water are added into the foliage. This helps to give coolness in the shadows of the leaves. Putting in the large dark centers immediately identifies these garden favorites as Sunflowers.

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Using the corner of a #12 Bright, or square, brush the lightest petals are applied with Lemon Yellow + a touch of Cadmium Yellow Medium. I carefully “Lay” the thick paint on the canvas, I don’t want to pick up any of the underlying green and muddy the Yellow.

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Bright pink Cosmos grow in the lower left corner. The blossoms were made with varying mixes of Permanent Rose + White. The foliage consists of combinations of Pthalo Blue + Cadmium Orange + White. The thin stems are drawn into the wet paint of the leaves with a fine liner brush.

SA0214 Nature's Concert 30x36Nature’s Concert    30″ x 36″    Original Oil Painting

Wouldn’t you love to live here? It would be so awesome to be greeted by the grandeur of Cathedral Rock and listen to Nature’s Concert playing out on Oak Creek every time you stepped into the flower filled courtyard.

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