Peaceful Vista

The foreground flowers are painted with mixtures of Magenta + Dioxazine Purple + White and Magenta + White. The foliage, made of Pthalo Blue + Cadmium Yellow Medium, is worked around the masses of Magenta helping to form the tall spiky blossoms. You may click on this or any of the other images to view them larger.

The outcropping of rocks at the base of the birch trees are blocked in with combinations in different proportions of MUD (2 parts Ultramarine Blue + 1 part Alizarin Crimson) + Cadmium Orange + Ultramarine Blue + White. A few strokes of Ultramarine Blue + White are made on the rocks to give the impression of dampness in the cool, mountain evening.

The canvas, still attached to the cardboard backing, is taken off the easel and placed on the taboret to the right of my painting setup. Laying the entire unit flat makes it easier to paint the lower edge of the gallery wrap canvas.  You can see how having the painting attached to the cardboard allows me to handle the wet art with ease. If you’d like to know how that was done CLICK HERE. The reference picture for the rocks is displayed on my laptop.

Now for the books. Jeana wanted to incorporated the saying, “Love you to the Moon and Back” somewhere in the painting. That presented a real conundrum for me. Finally an idea popped into my head, why not have some books left behind from a pleasant afternoon of reading?

Putting “And Back” on the spine of the second book seemed like a no brainer! The calligraphy on both volumes is pulled into the wet paint of the covers with a brush dipped in a thin oil wash of Magenta + Liquin.

A family of bears, taking an early evening stroll, are painted with mixes of Ivory Black + White.

Can’t you just imagine the reader’s surprise when they looked up from reading and saw BEARS! I can certainly understand how the books were forgotten in their haste to get out of there. It appears the young bear on the left has spotted the books. He’s poking his dad and wants to come check them out!

“Peaceful Vista”

With the human intruder out of the picture the Bears and Cardinals have the “Peaceful Vista” all to themselves. Now they can enjoy the sunset over the mountain lake without any interruption! Thank you for all of your wonderful comments, my readers are THE BEST! With BIG BEAR HUGS,


3 Responses to “Peaceful Vista”

  1. Effy Says:

    I really love this painting!!!!!!
    That’s the best!
    Mikki, you are doing a great job.

  2. Fatima Says:

    Hello Mikki..the reflections are so serene and beautiful!The personal touches u give are glad to wait and then get to see you paint..its smiles and pleasure is mine!thank you Mikki for your wonderful vlogs

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