A Sense of Serenity

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CHILI TIME! The individual peppers are “sculpted” with thick, opaque brushstrokes that form the shape of each one. As you read through my blog please remember, you can enlarge any of the pictures by clicking on the image.

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Day Lilies dance around the base of the fountain. The flowers are made of mixes of Cadmium Orange + Alizarin Crimson, pure Cadmium Orange and Cadmium Orange + Cadmium Yellow Medium.

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After the strap-like leaves are blocked in I go back and add the centers of the flowers.

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The top of the fountain was first covered as if it had no texture. Then the spiral lines giving it the distinctive “Pineapple” look are drawn into the wet paint.

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Sweet Potato Vine is such an interesting plant. It is so wonderful the way it wanders and drapes around the other plants in the garden. The long tendrils are indicated with a fine, liner brush.

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California Poppies are painted in my usual sequence of Flowers First, Leaves Last. The bright blossoms are mixes of Cadmium Orange + Permanent Rose + White, Permanent Rose + White and pure Cadmium Orange.

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A mix of Magenta + Liquin is used to delineate the deep centers of the Poppies.

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Magenta Canna Lilies fill the large terra cotta container in the foreground. I’ve simplified the upper bowl of the fountain so the water cascades in a more random manner.  The falling streams of water in the former design would have looked almost like a picket fence. Now that the foreground is completely finished you can see how the “Threshold” works. Feel A Sense of Serenity as you walk through the garden, past the bright Turquoise door, to stand in the arch and enjoy the view of the Carmel Mission beyond. Hugs,

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3 Responses to “A Sense of Serenity”

  1. Patrice Kelly Says:

    Always beautiful, Thank you. Patrice >

  2. C Castro Says:

    Have you ever consider painting a court yard full of pinatas?

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