Sunlight pours into the painting from the upper right. The forehead and bridge of the mother bear’s nose are highlighted with pure White.

White is also used to make the tiny catch light in Mama’s eye. You may enlarge the picture by clicking on the image to see this more clearly.

The sweet little cub is painted with the same mixtures used for her Mama. The color recipes are all explained in the VIDEO at the beginning. The dark rocks behind the baby accentuate the light on her back, shoulders and head.

Bears are finished, now let’s start on the water cascading down the falls….

VIDEO DEMONSTRATION: Painting the Falling Water and Upper Pond

Reflections of the dark rocks are pulled straight down into the water below them. The darker water in the lower pond is made with several combinations of Ultramarine Blue + Pthalo Blue + a touch of MUD + White and Pthalo Blue + Pthalo Turquoise Blue + a bit of MUD + White.

The canvas, still attached to the cardboard, is now laid flat on the taboret next to my easel. This makes it easier to paint the lower edge of the gallery wrap canvas. You can see the reference pictures for the waterfall on my laptop.

Jeana’s niece loves Lavender Lilies and Sunflowers. So we decided to let a couple of clumps of Daylilies grow along the left bank of the stream. The blossoms are mixtures of Dioxazine Purple + Magenta + White.

Sunflowers stand guard over the rock carved with the special message for Ashley!

“River’s Song”

If you listen carefully I bet you can hear the “River’s Song” serenading Mama Bear and her daughter as they enjoy the beautiful fall day. The wise mother knows winter is soon to come so she’s taking in all the warm sunshine she can. Thank you for all of your warm comments and encouragement; I REALLY appreciate you! With BIG BEAR HUGS,


7 Responses to “RIVER’S SONG”

  1. Jeana Says:

    Fabulous….great job! It’s perfect.

  2. Julie Says:


  3. Vesta Shoup Says:

    Oh Mikki, I just love this. You created an amazing piece of art.

  4. Paddy Shaffer Says:

    Beautiful! And hopeful! Thanks for sharing.

  5. Fatima Says:

    Hello Mikki..bears are adorable and the daylillies beautiful..sunflowers are simply pretty..and the stream is looking alive!just love it…!

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