Mountain Laurels, Flowers and the Masked Rider!

We begin painting with the background. Even though in reality there are buildings behind the “Masked Rider” sculpture I’m planting trees in the distant. This provides a nice backdrop that isn’t busy and distracting. We want HOBO to be the “STAR”! I carefully work around the drawing of the sculpture with mixes in different combinations of Pthalo Blue + Cadmium Orange + White. Please keep in mind as you read through my blog, you may click on any of the images to view them larger.

VIDEO DEMONSTRATION: Painting the fragrant Mountain Laurels

Now the Mountain Laurels are complete I begin working on the bronze sculpture using mixtures of Ultramarine Blue + Cadmium Orange + a little MUD (Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson) + White.

I brace my left hand against the unpainted portion of the canvas, then rest my right one on it. This steadies my hand so I’m able to delineate the details of the horse and rider. A fine liner brush is used for the tiny brushwork.

This post is a composite of several day’s work. It took me almost a full day to paint the “Masked Rider”! WHEW, that little guy is complicated.

Now for the Knock Out Roses. I use mixes of Alizarin Crimson + Cadmium Red Deep to make a rich red. I don’t want it too bright or warm because HOBO will have a Cadmium Red bandana with the Texas Tech logo around his neck.

So the Roses are highlighted with a mix of Alizarin Crimson + White. The flowers in the sun become a cooler, pinkish red that falls into the distance. This will also accentuate the brilliance of the red bandana and the Indian Blanket Flowers in front of the Roses.

VIDEO DEMONSTRATION: Painting Indian Blanket Flowers Part 1

VIDEO DEMONSTRATION: Painting Indian Blanket Flowers Part 2

I decided to add a few Bluebonnets in with the Indian Blanket Flowers and HOBO’s bandana has been blocked in. Now you can see how the Roses drop back. This is a good example of the simple rule that helps to give the impression of distance in a painting: Warm Colors Come Forward, Cool Colors Recede. The same theory is applied to the lawn, notice how the grass is made bluer, or cooler, toward the back. The greens become warmer and more yellow as I come toward the front of the painting.

The foreground is painted in shadow to make the light illuminating HOBO appear even brighter. That’s all for this session. I do hope you’ll come back and visit our studio for the next one! HUGS,

4 Responses to “Mountain Laurels, Flowers and the Masked Rider!”

  1. jspringett2013 Says:

    Awesome, Jimmy

  2. Jeana Says:

    Fabulous painting, love it!

  3. marandarussell Says:

    Beautiful art!

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