Painting Forward

SG6114 Step 6

My usual approach to starting a piece is to “Paint Forward”. This means I begin with the sky, it sets the lighting for the painting. Moving forward the most distant mountains are painted with Ultramarine Blue + White. The coolness of the blue makes them fall back. Then the closer ridge is completed. The Live Oak Trees are painted over the sky and mountains. Working into the wet paint behind them allows me to make the edges soft and feathery.

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The field of Sunflowers is blocked in with muted Yellows made of different proportions of Cadmium Yellow Medium + MUD (Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson) + White. Then the  foliage is painted around the yellow, helping to shape the blossoms.

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Dark centers are now added. It’s amazing how this simple touch immediately turns the blobs of yellow into Sunflowers. If you would like to see this or any of the other images enlarged just click on the picture.

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The muted greens of the Live Oaks are the complementary color of the Rooster’s comb and wattles. This makes the Red appear much more intense than if there was just blue sky in the background.

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The lighter value of the sunflowers helps to define the dark body and tail feathers of the Rooster perched on the Mare’s rump. We’ll start on the horses in our next session. Hope you’ll come watch. Hugs,

Mikki Senkarik signature JPEG

One Response to “Painting Forward”

  1. Judy Says:

    Love this one! Think it is the best one yet, glad to be away from the doors. Lovely composition, nice family eh? Please do more horses, they are special

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