Gift of an Angel

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Starting a new commission today……a birthday angel! I begin by sketching her up on the canvas in a thin oil wash of MUD (Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson) + Liquin. Why do we call MUD, MUD? CLICK HERE to find out.

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Here is the finished drawing on the canvas. A few hummingbirds will be flittering around the flowers. Please remember, you can click on any of the pictures to see them larger.

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Painting begins with the sky. The color recipes are as follows: #1. White + Pthalo Blue. #2. White + Pthalo Blue + Cobalt Blue. #3. White + Cobalt Blue. #4. White + MUD. #5. Mix #4 + more White. #6. White + MUD + a touch of Alizarin Crimson.

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The blue portion of the sky is blocked in first. The lower part is painted with mix #1. Moving upward mix #2 is used while the darkest mixture #3 is reserved for the sky at the top of the canvas.

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The clouds (Mixes #4, #5 and #6) are painted wet-into-wet over the blue sky. The painting is on a gallery wrap canvas, the image will extend over the sides. The canvas is attached to a piece of double ply cardboard to make it easier to handle the wet painting. CLICK HERE to see how that was done.

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The clouds are made soft and fluffy so they will drop back behind our angel. Thank you for following along today. 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!

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