Back to Work

Well, it’s back to work! My Santa Fe gallery needs some small paintings to replace some of the ones that sold. Lots of people LOVED the piece with the heart shaped wreath made of Chili Peppers, it was taken almost immediately. So I thought it would be fun to do another one, especially since Santa Fe’s annual Wine and Chili Festival is right around the corner. The initial plan is sketched up on the canvas with a thin oil wash of MUD (2 parts Ultramarine Blue + 1 part Alizarin Crimson) + Liquin.

The wreath is washed in with Alizarin Crimson + Liquin. Using a clean brush dipped in Turpenoid Odorless Paint Thinner the individual peppers are “Lifted Out” of the washed in color. You may click on the image to see it larger.

The sketch is finished and we’re ready to begin Painting!

The adobe walls are “Constructed” first. Several mixtures of MUD + Cadmium Orange + Ultramarine Blue + White are used. More MUD is mixed in for the darker shadows. The shadow cast by the lantern is painted wet into wet over the lighter wall color, enabling me to make the edges soft.

The lintel, or support beam over the door, is made of combinations of MUD + Cadmium Orange. The same mixes are used for the lantern and wrought iron holder.

Our final step in today’s session is to highlight the glass in the lantern with a mix of White + Ultramarine Blue. Hope you come back and visit our studio again soon! 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.

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