A L-O-N-G Painting

We’re starting on a new commission today; it’s a little different format than usual. The painting is going to be 16 inches tall by 36 inches wide. That’s a really L-O-N-G painting; challenging and fun to design. Here’s the sketch. You may click on this or any of the other images to see them larger.

I begin drawing on the canvas with a brushed dipped in a thin wash of MUD (Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson) + Liquin. After establishing the horizon line and top of the distant mountain I move to the foreground. A wily Raccoon scales down the rock wall to peer in an old pot below.

The rocks below the wall are delineated. Cactus, Red Poppies and White Daisies nestle around the pots.

A herd of deer graze on the distant bank. Instead of outlining them, I wash in the basic shapes of their bodies with a #10 Bright, (square) brush.

For the grape vines above the Raccoon I prepare three different washes. #1. Magenta + Liquin. #2. Sap Green + Liquin. #3. Pthalo Blue + Liquin. 

The large leaves are washed in with the different mixtures. The thin wash applied over the white canvas is quite luminous.

A little MUD is added to the #1 wash mixture to use for the trees behind the deer.

Our plan is sketched on the canvas and we’ll being applying paint in the next session. If you would like to receive an email every time I publish a new post please feel free to 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!


2 Responses to “A L-O-N-G Painting”

  1. bonita austin Says:

    I can’t wait to see the finished product. It looks fascinating.

  2. Phyllis Hilley Says:

    Love the Raccoon!

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