A Wedding Surprise

Today I’m starting another surprise painting, this one a wedding present. The ceremony was in California and the newlyweds spent their honeymoon in Morro Bay. The person giving the gift is in Texas and was unable to attend the wedding but did watch the live video feed the couple shared on Facebook. Jack and I used to live in Cayucos, about 5 miles from Morro Bay so I have lots of great pictures. What a wonderful place for a honeymoon, they even went to SLO (San Luis Obispo) for the Thursday evening Farmers’ Market. I REALLY miss that, the fresh fruits, vegetables and street entertainment were incredible. Working on this painting brings many happy memories. The basic plan is sketched up on canvas with a brush dipped in a thin oil wash of MUD (Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson) + Liquin. Now I’m ready to begin applying color…..

VIDEO DEMONSTRATION: Painting the Sky and Morro Rock

VIDEO DEMONSTRATION: Painting the Beach and Waves of Morro Bay

Several elements specifically for the couple are added to the piece. Their initials and wedding date are “Carved” into the trunk of the Bougainvillea.

The Bougainvillea is painted in my usual sequence of Flowers First, Leaves Last. #1 shows the bright pink bracts that have been blocked in with mixes of Permanent Rose + White. Then #2, the foliage is painted around the pinks helping to shape the blooms. Leaves are various mixtures of Viridian Green + Cadmium Yellow Medium.

As part of the wedding ceremony the couple lit a “Unity Candle”, so definitely had to include that in their painting!

That’s all for this session! Speaking of surprises, several of you have asked how my collectors liked the painting of their dog, HOBO. Well, Bryan was totally shocked and thrilled with all the special little touches we added. It was a HOME RUN!  CLICK HERE if you’d like to see my Blog post with the finished image of the portrait.

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3 Responses to “A Wedding Surprise”

  1. LouAnn Lubben Says:

    So excited to follow this one Mikki. I used to live in Cambria. I just followed along with your last painting. Can’t wait for this one!

  2. Patrice Kelly Says:

    Such a sweet story. Thank you for always sharing your art with us.


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