Twisted Trunks

Starting on a fun garden gate for Gallery 1870 who represents my art in the beautiful Napa Valley of California. The basic composition has been sketched on the gallery wrap canvas with a thin oil wash made of MUD (2 parts Ultramarine Blue + 1 part Alizarin Crimson) + Liquin. The heart shaped chili wreath was covered with a mix of Alizarin Crimson + Liquin.

The cool green background is mixes of Pthalo Blue + Cadmium Orange + White. The warmer mixtures of the terra cotta tiles and wall will make it pop forward. The roof tiles are made of MUD + Cadmium Orange + White and MUD + Cadmium Orange + a little Pthalo Blue + White. The wall is blocked in with combinations in different proportions of MUD + Cadmium Yellow Medium + White. The bracket holding the lantern is drawn into the wet paint of the wall with a mix of MUD + Liquin. To learn more about our Double Primary Color Mixing System that Jack developed CLICK HERE.

I love painting the twisted trunks of Wisteria and other climbing vines. The gnarled, curved stems and limbs going this way and that remind me of the children’s song, “The Old Lady that Swallowed a Spider……it Wiggled and Jiggled and Tickled Inside Her”!

The gate is blocked in with dark and light shades of Pthalo Blue + White. Shadows are painted first, then the sunlit portion is rendered.

Adding the highlights on the edges of the individual boards in the gate and a latch complete the gate.

VIDEO DEMONSTRATION: Painting the Luscious, Lavender Wisteria

I have to climb up on a step stool to paint the top edge of the gallery wrap canvas.

A few long, twining tendrils are made on the Wisteria and that will finish up this session! Hope you’ll come back and visit my studio for our next session. I’ll be painting the floor, heart shaped chili wreath and flowers. 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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