This is a fun commission that will really explain the concept behind our “LIMITED ORIGINAL” giclees on canvas. My collector wants two embellished giclees of my painting, The Glory Never Fades. Even though the reproductions start out the same the giclees are going to end up looking quite different. We decided to add more foreground on the first piece, a gift for their friends. I’ve taped off the extra area, this will make the finished giclee 24 inches by 30 inches.
VIDEO! First I cover the white area of the canvas by washing in the rocks and water. I work with Winsor Newton GRIFFIN Alkyd Oil Paints which dry faster than regular oils. I prefer to use Alkyds rather than Acrylics. The colors are the same as regular Oils and don’t darken as they dry like Acrylics.
When the underpainted area of the expanded foreground is dry I come back in to add the details in the rocks and water. Thought it would be fun to make another little waterfall in the front.
Our collector’s friends are University of Texas Longhorn fans. So we’ll make the flowers in the left corner “Longhorn Orange”. The neat thing about this is years ago Jack helped Rooster Andrews select the new color, a deep burnt orange, for the UT logo. Previously the school had a brighter orange, but felt it was too much like that of the University of Tennessee.
I felt the water fall in the front was too “Straight across”, it paralleled the lower edge of the canvas. So I changed the rocks a bit and added a few more upstream. Can’t you just hear the trickling music of the water as it dances over the rocks? Next the flowers in the right corner are repainted.
Moving to the other side of the babbling brook I begin embellishing the Bluebonnets. The icing on the cake is to add the little white “Hats” on the tips of the Cobalt Blue flowers. Please remember as you read through my blog, you can click on any of the pictures to see them larger.
Judy also requested I put in a windmill near the barn. Bracing my wrist against the mahl stick to steady my hand, I add a tiny Longhorn logo on the vane.
The first giclee of the two is complete. I’ll embellish the second one in my next session. This is the fun of our LIMITED ORIGINALS. Even though all are part of the same edition, each one is an original because I do a lot of repainting and add unique elements. Hope you’ll come back and see how different the two pieces look. Hugs,