A First Anniversary Gift

This piece is for a good collector of mine, it’s a first wedding anniversary gift for her nephew and his wife. The two photos above are where they WERE SUPPOSED to have their ceremony, BUT IT RAINED! The picture with the wedding ceremony is from the Wedding Venue’s website. Everything for Brandon and Kristie’s wedding had to be moved inside to escape the downpour.

Jeana had some wonderful ideas for the painting, she wanted to capture the beautiful OUTDOOR spot for their First Anniversary Gift. She added some extra touches like special calligraphy, a pair of white doves, an old wagon wheel adorned with sunflowers and a couple of Adirondack Chairs. Here’s my initial sketch. Jeana loved the plan, she just had a couple of changes in flower color and we’re good to go. Please remember as you read through my blog, you may click on any of the pictures to view them larger.

The painting is on a gallery wrap canvas, the image will extend on to the sides. So I have to wire the painting and write the title, as well as Jeana’s personalized inscription, on the back before I attach the canvas to cardboard. If you’d like to see how that is done CLICK HERE.

After establishing the horizon line and vertical posts for the rose arbor I draw the old wagon wheel leaning against it. A brush dipped in a thin oil wash of MUD (2 parts Ultramarine Blue + 1 part Alizarin Crimson) + Liquin is used to draw the basic plan on the canvas. My wrist is braced against the mahl stick to steady my hand as I delineate the wooden wheel.

The roses on the arbor and flowers in the wine barrel container in the lower left are roughly outlined with the MUD wash. Next are the Adirondack Chairs.

Daises are added in the lower right, then I draw the distant point and hills.

The oil wash sketch on the canvas is complete. We’ll begin painting 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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