Peaceful Embrace


The entire surface of the uneven paver patio in the foreground is covered with heavy textured brushstrokes. I use mixes of MUD (Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson) + Cadmium Orange + White and MUD + Cadmium Orange + Cadmium Red Light + White. A few strokes of Ultramarine Blue + White are made along the floor at the base of the steps to make it recede. By the way, these same mixtures were used for the tile roof of the chapel.


Perspective lines indicating the paver edges are drawn into the wet paint with a fine liner brush dipped in a mix of MUD + Liquin. 


In order to paint the bottom I take the canvas, attached to the cardboard, off the easel and lay it flat. Actually the lower end is raised a little on a couple of paint boxes, making it easier to paint. The perspective lines continue over, on to the sides of the gallery wrap canvas.


The tiles are highlighted on the edges where the light catches them. OK….let’s get to planting. The blossoms of the Salvia and Maxmillian Sunflowers are blocked in first.



The soft grey, green leaves of the Salvia are made with mixes of Pthalo Blue + Cadmium Orange + White. Then I come back and accent the individual flowers with Cadmium Red Light + a tiny bit of White.


I add a little more Pthalo Blue to the paint leftover from the foliage of the Salvia to use for the Maxmillian Sunflowers. After delineating the sunny petals, the dark centers of the flowers are added.


An Agave nestles at the base of the Sunflowers; heart shaped leaves of a Sweet Potato Vine spill over the wall beside the striking succulent.


Pink Hollyhocks reside on the opposite side of the stairs. The rosy flowers are blocked in with several combinations of Permanent Rose + White.


The Hollies grow over the edge of the canvas. The leaves are brighter greens of Pthalo Blue + Lemon Yellow.


Peaceful Embrace   14 inches x 14 inches

Colorful flowers, draping over the steps leading up to the chapel, provide a Peaceful Embrace. Thanks for following along, all of you are so wonderful. I’m very blessed with all of your support and encouraging comments. Lots of BIG HUGS,



One Response to “Peaceful Embrace”

  1. Setsuka Smith Says:

    I always enjoy watching you paint. Beautiful and colorful paintings to make me feel happy! Merry Christmas and a Happy New year to you. God bless you! Setsuka

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