A Santa Fe Spring


SJ4515 Tending the Garden 14x14

We’re beginning a new commission piece today. This will be the third in a grouping of five.  Here is the first one, Tending the Garden, which represents Fall.

SK4715 Silent Sentry 14x14

The second piece is Silent Sentry. The group progresses through the seasons in Santa Fe, each painting includes some of Jeana’s “Fur Babies”.

SB0716 Revel in the Sun Step 1

Now for Spring, my sketch is shown above. The finished painting will be 14 inches by 14 inches, the same as the rest in the series.

SB0716 Revel in the Sun Step 2

I begin drawing the basic plan on the canvas with a brush dipped in a thin oil wash of MUD (Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson) + Liquin.

SB0716 Revel in the Sun Step 3

The Chili Ristras are blocked in with a wash of Alizarin Crimson + Liquin. The individual peppers are indicated by “Lifting” the color off with a clean brush.

SB0716 Revel in the Sun Step 4

The openings of the door and window are washed in with mixes of Ultramarine Blue + Liquin and MUD + Liquin, making sure the area is not totally opaque. All of the flowers are labeled as a reminder of what direction I need to go as I paint. I’ve been known to forget! If you would like to receive an email every time I publish a new post you can subscribe to my blog. CLICK THIS LINK and scroll to the upper right side of the page. You will see a heading EMAIL SUBSCRIPTIONS. Just enter your email address and click the button “Sign me up!”  It’s easy. And if you enjoy my blog please CLICK the FaceBook LIKE Button. As we say in Texas, “Much Obliged! Hugs,

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