Embellishing a Giclee on Canvas

Today I’m embellishing one of our Giclees on canvas, The Glory Never Fades. My first step is to glaze the Bluebonnets with a thin wash of Ultramarine Blue + Liquin.

The shadows and highlights on the clouds are repainted. They were just a little bit washed out in the digital reproduction.

My collectors asked me to add a windmill, it nestles perfectly in the space between the huge Live Oak and the roof of the barn. First a solid oval is made with a mix of MUD (Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson) + Liquin. Then a clean brush dipped in thinner is used to lift out the center opening and the spaces between the individual blades. You may click on the picture if you’d like to see it larger.

The vane is painted a rusty red with mixes of Cadmium Red Light + Alizarin Crimson + MUD + White. 

The base of the Windmill is carefully drawn with a fine liner brush using a mixture of MUD + Cadmium Orange + White.

Now we’ll let the sun warm the boards on the leading edge of the barn, the rear part is made cooler so it recedes. This helps to give the old barn more dimension.

Highlighting the cedar rail fence and gate finishes our work today. In our next session we’ll be planting WILDFLOWERS! Hope you’ll come watch the transformation. HUGS, 


3 Responses to “Embellishing a Giclee on Canvas”

  1. Denise Sanderson-Reel Says:

    What a great tip on painting windmills! Thanks for sharing and I love the painting. I hope you’re enjoying the nice springtime we are having! 🙂

  2. twinjoyce Says:

    Since u r oil painting on a giclee afterwards do you coat it with retouch varnish liquin or a gel medium so all of it is same sheen?? Always wondered.joyce

  3. bonnie1350 Says:

    Thank you .very informative. Great job.

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