An Old Texas Barn

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Before starting on the barn let’s paint the Heritage Live Oaks protecting it. In the spring when the Live Oaks here in Texas are covered with pollen they take on an almost fall look. My color mixes are shown above: #1. Two shades of Pthalo Blue + a tiny bit of Cadmium Orange + White. #2. A couple of mixes of Cadmium Orange + a bit of Thalo Blue + White. #3. Pure MUD (Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson) is on the left. The other two mixes are MUD + Cadmium Orange + White. #4. Four mixes in different proportions of Pthalo Blue + Cadmium Orange + White.

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The dark areas of the tree are blocked in first, then I come back and paint the lighter areas over them. If you’d like to see a video of a Live Oak in another piece being painted CLICK HERE.

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Sunlight slips in behind the barn and illuminates the massive trunk.

OK, let’s get to work on the barn. The walls are painted first. If the small screen doesn’t show up just CLICK ON THE LINK to view the video.

Now for the roof. Over time the sun has bleached out the colors just a bit but the Glory of our Texas State Flag NEVER FADES!

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You probably noticed the mahl stick in the videos. This picture shows how the hook at the end is placed over the top of the easel. I brace my wrist against the stick to steady my hand in order to delineate the details of the barn. This particular hook is actually made for use in clothing stores to lift hanging clothes off of high rods.

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Trees and Barn… complete. I’ll be adding some fun details in the next session. Hugs,

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