Little Details

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It’s all in the details. I find adding special little touches here and there makes a painting more interesting. And in the case of a commission it’s much more personal for the collector. Somehow it just didn’t seem right to have that open bird cage and no birds at all. So I’ve added Mr. and Mrs. Chippers, our resident Cardinals. She was in the cage, he’s encouraging her to come out and fly free! Can’t you hear his happy little chip, chip, chip calls?

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Resting my left hand on the bare part of the canvas I use it to steady my right while delineating the details of the windmill blades.

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Blocking in the field of Bluebonnets begins in the distance with a muted mix of Ultramarine Blue + a tiny bit of MUD + White. Moving forward several mixes of Ultramarine Blue + White are used.

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A few different shades of Cobalt Blue + White are used for the Bluebonnets in the foreground. This is more intense than the mixes used farther back, therefore it comes forward. This is another simple rule that helps give the appearance of depth in a painting: Muted, Dull Colors Recede, Brighter Intense Ones Advance.

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Another detail that Susan requested was to include Jack-Jack and Luna, their miniature rescue horses, in the background. I block the basic shapes into the wet paint of the Bluebonnets. I’ll come back later and finish them out.

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Now it’s time to add the leaves of the Bluebonnets. The greens in the background are much bluer or cooler. Those toward the front are made warmer so they’ll jump forward.

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Now for the details that make Bluebonnets, well…….Bluebonnets. The little white caps! I use the corner of a small Bright (square) brush to dot them in. The ones closest to us are pure White, a touch of blue is added to the white as the caps recede.

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The Bluebonnets in front of the donkeys will be finished after I paint Casper and Jazz. As Kermit the frog would say,”We’re moving right along!” Hope to see you again soon. Hugs,

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2 Responses to “Little Details”

  1. Patrice Kelly Says:

    Great Idea!


  2. Gayle Says:

    Thanks for such lovely paintings and for the idea of using a walker for a trash can. I had one from when I broke my ankle and went “yes!” when I saw it.

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