A Comfortable Perch

SC1016 A Comfortable Perch Step 18

Tall, upright blossoms of Mexican Bush Sage (Salvia) guard the lower left corner of the piece. Dioxazine Purple + White is used for the lavender blooms. The flowers are blocked in first……..

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Then the foliage is painted around the flowers, helping to define their shape. The leaves are made of several variations of Pthalo Blue + Cadmium Orange + a touch of Cadmium Yellow Medium + White. You can see how I work around the side of the gallery wrapped canvas.

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Now for the Sunflowers. Their sunny yellow blossoms appear even more brilliant when juxtaposed against the Purply-Blue door. Placing the complimentary colors (Yellow and Purple) next to each other makes each look brighter.

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The Sunflowers also extend over the side of the canvas. The final touch on the cheery flowers is to highlight them where they are illuminated by the sun. Thick brushstrokes of Cadmium Yellow Medium + Lemon Yellow are used to form the individual petals caught in the light.

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Finally we’ll plant the California Poppies in the Blue Ceramic Containers. These are painted in the same sequence as the other blooming plants: Flowers First, Leaves Last. By blocking in the bright colors of the blossoms initally the hues remain crisp and clean. If I were to paint the leaves first my brush would pick up some of the green when adding the flowers, muddying their color.

SC1016 A Comfortable Perch14x14A Comfortable Perch     14 inches by 14 inches

Well…….Do you think Nathan and Chloe are happy, snuggled up there in their Comfortable Perch? I thank you for following along! Hope you’ll come back and visit our studio soon. BIG HUGS,

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