A Neat Way to Say Thank You

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This is a fun commission, it’s a thank you gift! The son of our collector stayed with a friend of theirs in La Jolla. While there Connor got to go paragliding. So Paul and Nancy decided to have me do a pair of embryos as an appreciation present. They wanted to somehow capture the paragliding experience in the paintings.

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They loved the sketch so let’s get to work. The basic plan is drawn up on the panels with a brush dipped in a thin oil wash made of MUD (Alizarin Crimson + Ultramarine Blue) + Liquin. Please remember, you can click on any of the images to enlarge them.

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After completing the sky and ocean the paraglider is painted into the wet background. I was at a total loss as how to draw the lines used to control the glider. I don’t want to show them all but just indicate that they’re there. Even my smallest brush was far too big. Jack said dip a needle in MUD and just etch them into the wet paint. Wasn’t that brilliant? The only problem was finding a needle. I’m not the most domestic person, I’d much rather be painting or in the garden than doing house stuff. In fact over the years when Jack lost a button on a shirt or trousers I’d offer to sew them back on but somehow never got around to it! He would finally do it himself, OPPPS! When I found a needle it worked PERFECTLY!

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The bluffs of Torrey Pines warmed by the sun are a beautiful contrast to the cool blues of the Pacific Ocean behind them. This is a great example of Warm Colors Come Forward, Cool Colors Go Back. The building is white stucco, similar to a lot of the Spanish Architecture found in Southern California.

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A terra cotta tile roof finishes out our work today. Hope you’ll come back, I’ll be finishing up in the next session. 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!

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