Archive for January, 2019

Wisteria, Bougainvilleas and an Antique Lantern

January 11, 2019

The long, dangling blossoms of the Wisteria are made of mixtures of Dioxazine Purple + White and Dioxazine Purple + Ultramarine Blue + White. Foliage is then painted around the Purple flowers with several shades of Pthalo Blue + Cadmium Yellow Medium.

The Bougainvillea is painted with another special color, Permanent Rose. White is added in various proportions to make the lighter bracts. The pink parts of this plant are called Bracts, the tiny white flowers are actually located inside the pink globes and are not visible here! Leaves are mixes of Viridian Green + a touch of Cadmium Yellow Medium + White.

The entire floor is painted, establishing the light and shadow areas. Then perspective lines separating the tiles are dragged into the wet paint with a fine brush.

Combinations of Ultramarine Blue + Cadmium Orange + White are used for the steps. The darker mixtures are made by adding MUD (2 parts Ultramarine Blue + 1 part Alizarin Crimson). The upright part of the step, the riser, is always darker than the top surface. This is because the sun from above hits the top plane directly, making it lighter.

VIDEO DEMONSTRATION: Painting the Antique Lantern and Bracket

That’s all for today! I’ll be working on that sweet Looka in our next session! Until then…….HUGS,

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Painting the Rugged Rock Walls

January 10, 2019


VIDEO DEMONSTRATION: Painting the Rock Walls

Jeana loves owls so I’m placing a tile with two of them in the niche. The outer border is blocked in first, then the dark blue background is painted around the shapes of the owls. Ultramarine Blue + a tiny bit of White is used for the background.

The heads and bodies are painted with a couple of mixes in different combinations of White + Ultramarine Blue + a touch of MUD (2 parts Ultramarine Blue + 1 part Alizarin Crimson). The same mixtures were used for the border.

Using the dark blue mixture the owl design is completed.

A special color is used for the door, Sevres Green. The shadow portion is Sevres Green + a little MUD + a tiny bit of White. The sunlit part of the door is Sevres Green + White. It’s fun figuring out the shadow cast on the door by Looka’s head and ears.

Construction of our building is complete. Come back tomorrow to see what gets painted next! HUGS,

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Out in the Open!

January 8, 2019

Well, I’m BACK!!!!!! Finished all my top secret, surprise paintings. At least for a little while anyway. So let’s get to work. This painting is going to hang to the left of two other pieces I’ve done for my collector.

Here’s the pen and ink sketch, we’re including Jeana’s fur baby, Looka. He’s now in Puppy Heaven but this painting will bring her fond memories of her sweet boy.

Moving to the canvas I begin “Constructing” the architectural elements with a thin oil wash made of MUD (2 parts French Ultramarine Blue + 1 part Alizarin Crimson) + Liquin.

After getting the building drawn I add our boy, Looka. My wrist rests on the mahl stick that is hooked over the top of my easel. This steadies my hand as I draw the details of his anatomy.

I’ve gotten in the habit of labeling the flowers so I’ll remember what I’m supposed to do as I get to painting. I’ve been known to start slapping paint on the canvas and go off on a tangent, completely different from what my collector and I discussed!

We’re all sketched up and ready to begin painting in our next session. Hope you’ll come follow along! 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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HAPPY 2019!

January 4, 2019

Can’t believe it’s a brand new year, AGAIN! 2018 just flew by! I’m still undercover, working on more surprise paintings. So in the meantime I’d like to share some wonderful words of wisdom from Andy Rooney (1919-2011), who had the gift of saying A LOT with very few words. He was best known for his weekly broadcast “A Few Minutes with Andy Rooney“, a part of the CBS News program 60 Minutes from 1978 to 2011.

I’ve learned….That the best classroom in the world is at the feet of an elderly person.

I’ve learned….That when you’re in love, it shows.

I’ve learned….That just one person saying to me, “You’ve made my day!” makes my day.

I’ve learned….That having a child fall asleep in your arms is one of the most peaceful feelings in the world.

I’ve learned….That being kind is more important than being right.

I’ve learned….That you should never say no to a gift from a child.

I’ve learned….That I can always pray for someone when I don’t have the strength to help him or her in some other way.

I’ve learned….That no matter how serious your life requires you to be, everyone needs a friend to act goofy with.

I’ve learned….That sometimes all a person needs is a hand to hold and a heart to understand.

I’ve learned….That simple walks with my father around the block on summer nights when I was a child did wonders for me as an adult.

I’ve learned….That life is like a roll of toilet paper. The closer it gets to the end, the faster it goes.

I’ve learned….That we should be glad God doesn’t give us everything we ask for.

I’ve learned….That money doesn’t buy class.

I’ve learned….That it’s those small daily happenings that make life so spectacular.

I’ve learned….That under everyone’s hard shell is someone who wants to be appreciated and loved.

What great words to follow. And may Our Lord guide our hearts and put His hand on ours as we paint in 2019!” With BIG HUGS,

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