A Special Gate

First of all we want to extend a Big Texas “MUCH OBLIGED” to everyone who contacted us concerning Jack’s cataract and offered their prayers. His eyesight continues to improve. Jack is one happy camper to be back researching and writing on his current project on the life of Thomas Jefferson. God has blessed us with such wonderful and compassionate readers.

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Alright, let’s get back to the easel. We decided to make the main door of the building a rich mahogany. Mixes of MUD + Alizarin Crimson + a little Cadmium Orange + White. are used. More White is added for the lighter portion of the door.

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The door has a “speak-easy” window, the type used in drinking establishments during the prohibition years in the 1920s. The wrought iron grid over the window is drawn with a fine liner brush dipped in a mixture of MUD + Liquin. You can see this better if you enlarge the image, just click on the picture.

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Here is a picture of the gate our collector had specially made for their Arizona home. Isn’t it cool?

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I use a mixture of Pthalo Blue + a touch of Cadmium Orange + a little bit of Viridian Green + White for the Turquoise gates. Extra White is added for the part of the gate illuminated by the Arizona sunshine.

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The wrought iron arrow shaped door handle is also drawn in with the thin mix of MUD + Liquin. Highlights are made with Ultramarine Blue + White.

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The gate will provide a nice backdrop for the feisty rooster, his red comb will pop against the turquoise! Thank you for following along. And I bet if you listen closely you can hear Jack’s happy heart singing AMAZING GRACE……I once was blind, but now I see! HUGS,

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6 Responses to “A Special Gate”

  1. Terri Legg Says:

    So glad Jack is well and you are both back to doing what you love. This painting is already amazing. It is the first one I have seen you do where the door is Mahogany. Such a warm and inviting scene!

  2. Fran Says:

    Another masterpiece in the works. Love, love, love the striking colors! So very happy for Jack. His wonderful blog essays on FASO have been very missed. Hopefully he will bless us with more.

  3. Jeana Says:

    Great news for Jack. Beautiful piece. Love the cactus, colors and those doors are soo neat.

  4. Claudette Says:

    Would love to see the finished picture!

  5. Patricia O from Phoenix Says:

    This is such a long time I have not visited your blog… I just read that Jack had eye surgery and I am glad that all went well. I wish him a speedy recovery and send big hugs to both of you!

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