Airborne Sketch

Last week I went to visit collectors in North Carolina. Armed with sketch pad and images on my laptop, I worked on sketches for my Annual TEAM SENKARIK Collector Event in Santa Fe during the flight. Sitting in an aisle seat gave me a bit more elbow room. Here’s one of my “Airborne Sketches” that is the basis for my next piece.

Using the sketch as reference, I begin drawing the architectural elements on the canvas with a brush dipped in a thin oil wash of MUD (2 parts Ultramarine Blue + 1 part Alizarin Crimson) + Liquin. I especially like the unusual nicho and tiles for the house numbers to the left of the gate.

The rough shapes of the plants are drawn in and labeled so I won’t forget my original plan when I get to painting.

My initial thought was to have a cat lounging in the unique alcove. But as I was drawing the composition on the canvas the idea of having a little kitten face to face with a hummingbird came to me.

The hummingbird is in and I’ve got a “road map” to follow, now it’s time to start painting! By the way, if you’d like to enlarge any of these images, just click on the picture.

The sky is painted with 2 different mixtures of oil paint. The upper, darker portion is White + Cobalt Blue. A lighter combination of White + Pthalo Blue is used near the top of the distant mountain, which is covered with White + Ultramarine Blue + MUD. The closest bluff is painted with several cool greens made of Pthalo Blue + Cadmium Orange + White. The rocky ground is White + Ultramarine Blue + Cadmium Orange.

The rounded adobe walls are painted with several combinations of MUD + Cadmium Orange + a touch of Pthalo Blue + White.

Lintels over the doorway and nicho, as well as the support posts on either side of the gate, are painted with mixes of MUD + Cadmium Orange + White. We’re done for today, thank you for following my blog! 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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2 Responses to “Airborne Sketch”

  1. Carole Kabrin Says:

    Ah ha… A kitty!! C.

  2. roseherczeg Says:

    Ooh, I love this. I will be watching! I like how you changed the cat from lounging to going nose to nose with a hummingbird 🙂 Beautiful!

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