Beginning Another Commission

God has so blessed me, I have several commissions lined up to do. I’m extremely appreciative of my VERY PATIENT Collectors. That’s the only thing I don’t like; they have to wait a long time for their paintings. This piece is based on a collaboration I did earlier in the year called “Tapestry of Spring”. My collector loves the cabin, bluebonnets and stream. Jeana said it reminds her of the Ichetucknee River where her family vacationed when she was a child. How you pronounce that I don’t have a clue, but I imagine it’s an Indian name.

After lightly drawing the distant mountains with a brush dipped in a thin wash of MUD + Liquin I begin shaping the rocks that form the waterfalls in the stream.

With rocks roughed in and the flowers on the bank indicated, work begins on the horse and dog. First I lightly penciled them in; to see this better just click on the picture to enlarge the image. Then I start drawing the animals with the oil wash. My wrist is braced against the mahl stick to steady my hand.

Next the values on the horse and dog are washed in. It’s extremely important to make this drawing accurately, it will provide the details I need to follow when I paint the pair in opaque oils.

Now I begin working on the cabin in the background.

Jeana asked me to add a couple of turquoise Adirondack Chairs by the raised flower garden. What a great place to relax and enjoy the view!

Bluebonnets and California Poppies surround the black horse and Jeana’s sweet fur baby, Bailey. She’s a Jack Russell/Rat Terrier mix and has the most beautiful ears. We’ll begin painting in our next session. Hope you’ll come back to our studio and watch.

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3 Responses to “Beginning Another Commission”

  1. Jason Abbott Says:

    I love this Mikki!

  2. Rose Herczeg Says:

    Beautiful! Ichetucknee Springs is not far from where I live. I have never been there, but many people love it! Happy painting!

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