Chef’s Surprise


DEMONSTRATION VIDEO! We begin today by painting the checkered tablecloth over the edge and on the bottom side of the gallery wrap canvas. 

Crookneck squash add another splash of yellow in the foreground. The squash have a slightly green tinge so the colors are mixed with Lemon Yellow + a bit of MUD (Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson) + a tiny touch of Pthalo Blue. Please remember as you read through my blog, you may click on any of the images to see them larger.

Eggplants are such a lovely purple. Combinations of Dioxazine Purple + Ultramarine Blue + White are perfect for them. And oh, do I ever love Eggplant Parmesan. 

Fresh Strawberries fill the basket in the front of the flat. You can see the empty spot left where the Chef picked a container of these succulent berries.

ANOTHER VIDEO! Painting the Red Onions. We won’t shed any tears, the Chef can deal with those when he prepares the Onions!

The White Onions are blocked in with mixes of White + MUD + a little Cadmium Orange + Ultramarine Blue. Several shades are mixed, then the color is applied very much like I painted the Red Onions. ONLY these are white! After getting the basic shapes of the Onions the root discs on the bottoms are painted with some of the color leftover from the flats.

Highlights of Pure White are added to those bulbs brushed by sunlight.

Firey Bell Peppers nestle close to the onions. The variations of warm Red, Orange and Yellow bring this corner of the table foreward. 

Chef’s Special     20 inches tall by 24 inches wide

Now all that’s left is to decide what the “Chef’s Special” is going to be tonight! Thank you for following my blog! HUGS,

5 Responses to “Chef’s Surprise”

  1. Mary Spear Says:

    I really like the composition on this one. And I just love that you post the videos. They are so helpful! Thank you, Mikki!

  2. Tami Baron Says:

    Love this one. I have lots of photos of market scenes. You inspire me to try something like this. Thank you Mikki.

  3. Sevda Onen Says:

    Love your work! You are an inspiration and so selfless in sharing your videos. Thank you so much.

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  5. Patricia Ann Ingram Says:

    After seeing you paint “Chef’s Special” I feel so blessed that you came into my life. What an amazing person you are to share such a God given talent. I am both Thankful and Grateful to you for all you are trying to teach a “wanabe” like me. Thank You! May God Bless.

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