Rooster with a Different Touch

Before starting on the new piece I just want to thank everyone for the wonderful comments you made on the big Poppy painting. And YES, I’m planning on doing more large flowers. But most of all I’d like to share this incredibly heartwarming email from Jenny, it brings tears of joy to my eyes each time I read it. Here’s an excerpt:

“It is STUNNING!!! It feels like home. I just want to run to it and hug it, like it is one thing that survived the fire and found it’s way back… really, I am just so thankful beyond words. It makes me want to be home and feel like it will be ok to go back. Thank you Mikki.”

This is why I love being an artist, it’s such a blessing to have been able to paint this for Jenny and her family.

OK, dry my eyes and let’s get to work! Starting on another Rooster with a little different touch. I’m adding some Bluebonnets in the mix! A quick pencil sketch helps me to determine the placement of this colorful fella on the canvas.

The composition is initially sketched up on the canvas with a brush dipped in a thin oil mixture of MUD (Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson) + Liquin. Our boy is perched on top of a cedar rail fence, so we’ll begin there.

At this point I’m just getting the basic gesture drawn up. There are a few anatomical corrections that need to be made.

After repositioning the Rooster’s legs, the distant hills and trees are roughly outlined.

A Morning Glory Vine rambles along the fence rail. The blooms are washed in with oil mixtures of Magenta + Liquin and Dioxazine Purple + Liquin.

The tail feathers are covered with thin washes of Pthalo Blue + Liquin, Viridian Green + Liquin and some of the Dioxazine Purple + Liquin mix left over from the flowers.

Alizarin Crimson + Liquin is used for the Rooster’s comb.

A circle is made on the horizon where the sun will rise over the hills. We’re ready to begin applying opaque oil color in our next session. Hope you’ll come watch! 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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One Response to “Rooster with a Different Touch”

  1. Norelle Says:

    Wonderful! Cant wait to see this one! My base cabinets are now installed, quartzite is on the island. We are pending butcher block for the perimeter cabinets and then comes the backsplash rooster!! Am loving the colors and the size!! Go Mikki!!

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