Embellishing with a Kiss of Sunshine

Today I’m working on embellishing one of our Limited Original Giclees on canvas. Here is the digital reproduction before any enhancing is done. I did play a little on the Hollyhocks. You can see where I did a color test, I’m going to change them to a peachy yellow.

The first step is to glaze the door, shutter and windows with a thin mixture of Viridian Green + Pthalo Blue + Liquin. This makes them a rich Turquoise Blue.

Next the flowers on the vine draping over the roof are repainted with mixes of Alizarin Crimson + White and Alizarin Crimson + Cadmium Red Light + White. Please remember as you go through my blog, to see any of the pictures larger just click on the image. 

Silver Pony Foot Vine cascades out of the Geranium container. The tiny, hoof shaped leaves are repainted using a #4 Bright (Square) brush.

Now for the changeover on the Hollyhocks. The large blossoms are completely redone with combinations of Permanent Rose + Cadmium Yellow Light + White, Permanent Rose + White and Cadmium Yellow Medium + Cadmium Yellow Light + Permanent Rose + White.

Pure White is used to highlight the stucco wall where it’s illuminated by the brilliant sunshine.

We’ll finish out the Geraniums with heavy brush strokes of Cadmium Red Deep, Cadmium Red Medium and Cadmium Red Light. A bit of White is added to the Cadmium Red Light for the lightest petals.

A Kiss of Sunshine   Limited Original   24″ x 30″

Irises, Petunias and the Salvia are all repainted and we’re finished. A Kiss of Sunshine makes our pleasant entry courtyard sparkle. Compare the image above to the very first one on today’s blog and you’ll see what a different the hand embellishment makes.  It’s fun to make changes. Each giclee is part of a Limited Edition but every piece is different, thus Original. So that’s why we call our embellished giclees LIMITED ORIGINALS. 

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2 Responses to “Embellishing with a Kiss of Sunshine”

  1. Peggy and Leon Says:

    Beautiful!

  2. Deb Haney Says:

    Mikki!
    You are amazing!!!!!
    Hugs!!!
    Deb =)))))

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