Daisies and Grapes

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Bright Yellow Daisies guard the crimson doors. First, the flowers are blocked in with mixes of Cadmium Orange + Cadmium Yellow Medium + a tiny bit of MUD and pure Cadmium Yellow Medium. Second the foliage is painted. The leaves are made of mixes in different proportions of Pthalo Blue + Cadmium Yellow Medium + White.

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After putting in the flower stems I add the dark centers of the Daisies with MUD (Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson) + Liquin. Please remember as you read though my blog, you can enlarge any of the pictures by clicking on them.

ANOTHER VIDEO! Painting the luscious grapes is really fun…….

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California Poppies will fill the planter along the walkway on the right. My mixes are as follows: #1. Permanent Rose + Cadmium Red Light + White. #2. Permanent Rose + White. #3. Cadmium Red Light + White. #4. Pure Cadmium Orange. #5. Three mixes in different proportions of Pthalo Blue + Cadmium Orange + White. #6. Pthalo Blue + Liquin. This wash is used for the cool, dark areas in the shadows of the foliage. I’ve shown the paint tubes because several of you have asked what brand of Oil Paints we use. They are Winsor Newton WINTON Oil Colors. Jack and I have used them for years without experiencing any problems. AND… just so you know how we feel about the quality, he’s painted some $65,000 Oil Portraits with them!

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Following my usual sequence of FLOWERS FIRST, LEAVES LAST the poppies are blocked in with a large Bright (square) brush. To find out more about the brushes I like to use CLICK HERE.

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The deep centers are made with a thin wash of Magenta + Liquin.

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And……California Poppies!

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Silver Pony Foot will be dangling from the Petunia Pots in the left foreground. The leaves look like the bottoms of tiny little pony hooves. I had to get this plant just because I fell in love with the name and look; Jack and I are certifiably crazy about horses! It’s great in the garden, drought tolerant, freezes back in the winter but comes right back in the spring, fuller than before.

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After the Petunias are blocked in with various shades of Magenta + White I plant some of the Silver Pony Foot with the gray-greens leftover from the California Poppies.

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We’re DONE! A Healing Retreat for our newest collector in Taiwan. Don’t you just want to take a seat, sip a little wine and munch on a few grapes? I know I’m ready! Jack and I really appreciate all of you who read our blogs, books and articles. As we say here in Texas, MUCH OBLIGED!

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