Surprise for an Anniversary!

My painting today is a surprise Anniversary commission based on this old Tuscan well. Isn’t it beautiful?

The size of the painted image is 14 inches by 14 inches, so the well is made a bit more petite than the one in the reference photo. The proportions of the well determine the size of the gate in the courtyard wall. The basic plan is sketched up on the white acrylic primed canvas with a brush dipped in a thin oil wash made of MUD (2 parts Ultramarine Blue + 1 part Alizarin Crimson) + Liquin.

The Terra Cotta pots are washed in with my MUD mixture. I’ve labeled the flowers so I won’t forget the initial gardening plan.

A little tiger kitty has snuggled up by the watering can to take a nap.

My composition is completely sketched and we’ll begin applying color in our next session. The lucky recipient was presented with her painting this morning; now I can post the blog. Marge will be able to watch the progress on her special piece. Hope you’ll come follow the step by step process with us! 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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