Archive for July, 2019

Giant Birds!

July 9, 2019

We’re going to paint GIANT BIRDS today! No, it’s not BIG BIRD from “Sesame Street”.  I’m going to put some Giant Birds of Paradise by the blue door in our painting, that’s what I’m talkin’ about! Here’s a picture of some we had in the garden of our home at North Padre Island on the coast of Texas!

VIDEO DEMONSTRATION: Painting the Giant Birds of Paradise

BIG BIRDS are done, let’s move on to the Bougainvillea!

Mixtures of Permanent Rose + White are made in several different shades for the Hot Pink bracts on the tropical vine. The actual flowers of the Bougainvillea are very tiny and white, enclosed within the Pink, globe-shaped bracts.

Leaves and long, reaching arms of the vine are made with Viridian Green + Cadmium Yellow Medium + White. To enlarge this, or any of the other images, you may click on the picture.

Cadmium Red Light is added to several of the mixtures leftover from the antique bricks to paint the terra cotta containers.

The three steps leading up to the door are completely covered with medium value shades of Ultramarine Blue + Cadmium Orange + MUD (2 parts Ultramarine Blue + 1 part Alizarin Crimson) + White. Then the flat tops are drawn into the wet paint with a lighter shade of the same combination.

The upright “Risers” of the steps are darker than the flat surface on top. This is because the light from above hits the flat top of the step more directly than the upright side. Thank you for following along today! Hope you’ll come back and visit my studio again soon! With Colorful Smiles,

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Antique Bricks

July 5, 2019

The color recipes for the creamy stucco wall are shown above. #1. Ultramarine Blue + Cadmium Orange + White. #2. Two combinations of White + Cadmium Orange + Ultramarine Blue. These mixes have more White and Cadmium Orange than Mix #1. #3. White + a hint of Cadmium Orange. #4. MUD (2 parts Ultramarine Blue + 1 Part Alizarin Crimson) + Ultramarine Blue + White. #5. MUD + Cadmium Orange + Ultramarine Blue + White. #6. Mixture #5 with more White.

Shadows are blocked in first, then the lighter areas of the wall are painted. Since sun pours into the painting from the upper left, the wall on the top left is made lighter. The paint is applied with LOTS of texture. To enlarge the image to see this better just click on the picture.

VIDEO DEMONSTRATION: Painting the antique bricks surrounding the Mission door.

The antique bricks behind the container of Geraniums are made greener. The Red Blossoms will appear brighter juxtaposed next to their complimentary color, Green. Complimentary hues are those that are directly across from each other on the color wheel. Several examples are Red and Green, Yellow and Purple and Blue and Orange.

Walls and brick surround are complete, let’s move on to the door!

As special color, Phthalo Turquoise Blue, is used for the distinctive blue door. Three combinations of this beautiful Turquoise + White are made in Light, Medium and Dark shades.

Similar to the stucco wall, the shadows on the door are painted first, then the sunlit portion.

The oranges in the bricks and terra cotta tile roof make the door POP! This is another example of using complimentary hues to accentuate the brilliance of a color. I appreciate ALL of your wonderful comments on both the start of this painting and my 4th of July post. THANK YOU! You guys are the BEST! HUGS,

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Independence Day!

July 4, 2019

HAPPY 4th of JULY!

Today we commemorate the Declaration of Independence of the United States that was announced on July 4, 1776. On that day, the Continental Congress proclaimed that the thirteen American colonies were no longer subject to the monarch of Britain and were now United, Free, and Independent States.

It’s a great privilege to live in the United States of America. God Bless our Founding Fathers and all of the Military personnel who protect our Freedom. Thanks to them, their families and the sacrifices they’ve made we can celebrate the 4th of July. Many of us will gather with family and friends to celebrate our FREEDOM, cook out and watch fireworks. So while you are having a good time, please pause to say a prayer for our country, as well as ALL who serve and protect us. We are so very, very blessed. Enjoy your Freedom and have a HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY!


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It’s ALL About the DOOR!

July 2, 2019


I fell in love with this door the very first time I saw it in 1990 when Jack took me to visit all 21 of the California Missions. This beautiful blue portal was tucked away in the courtyard at Mission San Juan Bautista. It will be the cornerstone in my showstopper painting for my 2019 Collector Event in Santa Fe!

The entire piece is designed around the doorway. I’ve made up the courtyard based on memories of different places we’ve traveled over the years. You may click on this, or any of the other images to view them larger.

I begin sketching the composition on the canvas with a brush dipped in a thin oil wash of MUD + Liquin!

WHAT’S MUD??????? It’s the base mixture for several of our color recipes using the Double Primary Palette Color Mixing System that Jack developed. MUD is 2 parts Ultramarine Blue (UB) + 1 part Alizarin Crimson (AC). To find out more about this system CLICK HERE!

The double curves of the walls will gently encourage the viewer to wander through the painting.

A straight edge is used to draw the steps.

Nasturtiums cascade over the foreground wall.

Shadows cast by the gracefully arching leaves of Giant Birds of Paradise will dance on the building and door.

Canna Lilies are hugged by the upper curved wall.

Our plan is sketched up on the canvas and we’re ready to begin applying oil paint 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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