Marley Bear

SL9514 Marley Bear step 11

The tall stalks of Mexican Bush Sage sway to and fro in the gentle breeze. The cool blues and purples drop behind the warm pink of Marley’s outfit.

SL9514 Marley Bear step 12

The front forks of the bicycle frame are painted in a warmer purple made of Magenta + Dioxazine Purple + White. I don’t delineate the spokes of the wheel. The detail would draw the viewer’s attention away from our star of the show, Marley! Leaving them out also gives the impression of movement.

SL9514 Marley Bear step 13

Permanent Rose + White is used for the main frame of the bike. Then I begin adding some of the detail on Marley’s boots. I keep the colors subtle so the design won’t distract from her face.

SL9514 Marley Bear step 14

As I mentioned previously, I thought this little stuffed bear was so cute. He was in the background of the reference photo, I moved him to the wicker basket on the bicycle. He is painted with mixes of Turquoise Blue + White.

SL9514 Marley Bear step 15

The warmth of the Nasturtiums in the foreground container makes them jump in front of the back wheel of Marley’s bicycle. The bright blossoms are mixes of Cadmium Red Light and Cadmium Orange.

SL9514 Marley Bear 14x11Marley Bear    14″ x 11″   Original Oil Painting

What a nice day for a bike ride though the garden! Can’t you just hear Marley singing to her little bear as she glides along? Thank you for joining me in the studio. I appreciate all of you who follow my blog and the kind comments you make. I write this for you so please feel free to ask questions. Hugs,

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6 Responses to “Marley Bear”

  1. Carol Landry Says:


  2. Terri Hansen Says:

    That is sooo unbelievably adorable! How much do you ask for something similar? I absolutely love it!

  3. Diane Says:

    You are so talented ! The little girl looks so realistic you’ve done a wonderful job.Gorgeous!

  4. Janet Zeh Says:

    Mikki, this came out fantastic! It’s so alive and really cute.

  5. Chris Says:

    Wonderful, Mikki. Thank you for the posts!

  6. Ranju Ahluwalia Says:

    Such a beautiful work you have done.

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