A Wisp of Wisteria

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First of all I’d like to welcome everyone who has recently subscribed to my blog! I really appreciate you following along. Please remember, if you ever have any questions feel free to ask. Just scroll down to the comments section and ask away. OK, Let’s get to painting. I begin the application of color with the rock walls. The shadow patterns are blocked in first. Then I pull the strokes of light into the dark. Working wet-into-wet softens the transitions.

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Now it’s time for the crevices between the stones. I work impressionistically and am careful not to outline each and every stone. I just want to give the indication of a rock wall.

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The top edges of the stones are highlighted. Again, I don’t show every one. The highlights in the shadows are made bluer, or cooler.

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The red wine in the half filled glasses is washed in with a mix of Alizarin Crimson + Liquin.

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The mixtures for the Wisteria are shown above. #1. Three mixes in different proportions of Pthalo Blue + Cadmium Yellow Medium. #2. Ultramarine Blue + Dioxazine Purple + White. #3. Ultramarine Blue + White + a tiny touch of Dioxazine Purple. #4. Two shades of Dioxazine Purple + White. The Dioxazine Purple is not a color I usually put out on my palette. But it is perfect in special instances; it makes a beautiful lavender that is wonderful for Wisteria. If you’d like to learn more about our Double Primary Palette CLICK HERE.

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The Wisteria blossoms are blocked in first, #1. Then I come back and paint the foliage, using the greens to shape the long, dangling blooms, #2.

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Highlights on the individual flower petals and leaves finish out the Wisteria. You can enlarge the image to see it better, just click on the picture. In fact, you can do this on all of the images. Thanks for visiting our studio today, hope you’ll come back soon. Just a little preview……..I’ll have a Video in our next session! Hugs,

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One Response to “A Wisp of Wisteria”

  1. bigbendartist Says:

    Great job of bringing us into your painting and your life thru words and pictures. And please tell Jack his blog today desperately needed to be written and shared. Not enough artists share the knowledge and expertise that we struggle so to gain. I’ve followed you both for years, and you two are what it’s all about. Cheers, and Sincere Thanks — Lindy C Severns (www.lindycseverns.com )

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