Archive for November, 2020

Back to the Coast of France

November 27, 2020

 

Working on a new commission today. It’s based on a painting I’ve done previously, “Treasure of the Cote d’Azur”.

However the original painting was a horizontal, or landscape, format. This piece is a square so I have to make some adjustments as I sketch up the basic plan on my canvas. The uprights of the architectural elements are drawn in first. A T-Square, balanced on the top edge of the canvas, is used to make sure the sides of the doorway and arch are perfectly straight and true. You may click on this or any of the other images to see them larger.

After establishing the foreground structure the distant buildings, tumbling down the hillside, are drawn with a brush dipped in a thin oil wash of MUD (2 parts Ultramarine Blue + 1 part Alizarin Crimson) + Liquin. This painting is considerably smaller that the one I’m using as reference, so I’m not able to fit as many of the tile roofed structures in. 

Bougainvillea in the background are washed in with Magenta + Liquin.

Villefranche-sur-Mer is located in the distance, on the peninsula jutting out into the azure water.

The basic outlines of all the plants are indicated, then labeled with their names so I don’t forget what I’m supposed to paint. I’ve certainly been known to do that when I get in the middle of painting. If I’m not careful I’ll end up with red Salvia where I’m supposed to have yellow Sunflowers!

Our “Road Map” is drawn up on the canvas and I’ll begin applying Oil Color in our next session. Hope you’ll come follow along!

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TWINKLE, TWINKLE THANKSGIVING

November 25, 2020

Over the years my collectors, readers and fellow artists have become friends. Many of you I’ve never met in person, but I still feel we have a special bond. I would like to take this opportunity to let you know how thankful I am for you! I’m very blessed with all of your loving encouragement and support through thick and thin! I may not see you physically but it gives me great comfort knowing you’re there!

I’m also very thankful for the men and women who have sacrificed so much so we can live in Freedom here in America. We have much to be grateful for, God has certainly blessed each of us. Please remember to give THANKS every single day for His gifts because “Thanksgiving is an attitude of the heart, not a day of the year.” 

I wish you a Safe, Happy Thanksgiving filled with Lots of Laughter and Love,

SNUGGLED UP

November 23, 2020

Eastern Bluebirds are our subject today. These sweet little babies have been washed in with oil mixtures of MUD (2 parts Ultramarine Blue + 1 part Alizarin Crimson) + Liquin, Burnt Sienna + Liquin and Cobalt Blue + Liquin. This will be a companion piece to “Harbingers of JOY” that was shown in my previous post. CLICK HERE if you’d like to see that!

The wintery background is painted with combinations, in different proportions, of White + Pthalo Blue + Cadmium Orange. Then the thin twigs are drawn into the wet paint with a brush dipped in the oil wash made of MUD + Liquin. You may click on this or any of the other images to see them larger.

The foliage of the tree is made with mixes of Cadmium Orange + MUD + Pthalo Blue + White. As with the background, I make several shades to have a variety of warm and cool colors in the leaves.

Red berries add a POP of cheerful brightness to the scene.

VIDEO DEMONSTRATION: Painting the Bluebird


Ivory Black is used for the dark tips accenting the wings of the Eastern Bluebirds.

SNUGGLED UP  6 inch x 6 inch EMBRYO

It’s a cold, blustery winter’s day, the colorful Bluebirds are “SNUGGLED UP”, enjoying the warmth of their buddies. I imagine the fella in the middle is especially nice and toasty! BRRRRRRR! That’s where I’d be; I’m a wimp when it comes to the cold! 

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Harbingers of JOY!

November 21, 2020

Working on a new EMBRYO today, Cardinals in the Snow! The female cardinal has been drawn in with a thin oil wash of MUD (2 parts Ultramarine Blue + 1 part Alizarin Crimson) + Liquin. Then the male Northern Cardinal is washed in with Alizarin Crimson + Liquin and MUD + Liquin. 

VIDEO DEMONSTRATION: Painting the Snow covered Evergreen Tree

Now Ms. Chippers is painted with combinations of MUD + Cadmium Orange + a bit of Cadmium Yellow Medium + White. The shadow side of her beak is Cadmium Orange + Cadmium Red Deep while Cadmium Orange is used for the part lit by the sun. White is added to the Cadmium Orange to make the highlight on the top. You may click on this or any of the other images to see enlargements.

Our Female is finished, let’s get to work on her bright red companion! COME WATCH…

VIDEO DEMONSTRATION: Painting Mr. Chippers

Harbingers of JOY   6 inch x 6 inch EMBRYO

The crimson Cardinal and his mate are “Harbingers of JOY” on a cold, snowy day! Thank you for following along today. Hope you’ll come visit my studio again soon!

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Aquarian Welcome

November 17, 2020

The ceramic flower pots, nestled at the base of the Wisteria, are painted with several shades of Pthalo Blue + White. Please keep in mind as you read through my blog, you may click on any of the images to see them larger.

Mixes in different combinations of Dioxazine Purple + White are used for the Wisteria. Then the foliage is made with Viridian Green + Cadmium Yellow Medium and Viridian Green + Cadmium Yellow Medium + White.

Sunlit petals on the long dangling blossoms of Wisteria are delineated with the lightest of the Dioxazine Purple + White mixtures.

The mass of Pansies, cascading out of the containers, is blocked in with colors left over from the Door and Wisteria. I’ve also included some shades of White + Ultramarine Blue and White + Pthalo Blue.

The little ‘Faces’ of the delicate Pansies are made with Dioxazine Purple + Liquin. The leaves are Lemon Yellow + Pthalo Blue.

We’re ready to add the Black Eyed Susans! Come watch…….

VIDEO DEMONSTRATION: Painting the Black Eyed Susans

The Aquarius symbol on the tile is most commonly made Blue to indicate Water. But the painting just needs a touch of Red! So I asked my collector and she said, “Go For IT!”

“Aquarian Welcome”   6 inch x 6 inch EMBRYO

The Red Waves on the Tile are a nice counterpoint to the lovely Lavenders and complementary Yellows. They all add up to a cheerful “Aquarian Welcome”! Thank you for visiting my studio! Hope you’ll come back again. With Big Hugs and Colorful Smiles,

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A Baby Collaboration

November 14, 2020

I’m starting on a “Baby” Collaboration today, a 6 inch by 6 inch EMBRYO! My VIDEO DEMONSTRATION shows how I draw the initial plan on the AMPERSAND Cradled Panel, with a brush dipped in a thin Oil Wash made of MUD (2 parts Ultramarine Blue + 1 part Alizarin Crimson) + Liquin.

The Oil Wash “Road Map” is complete, we’re ready to begin painting.

Adobe walls are made of mixes in various proportions of MUD + Cadmium Orange + White. I also work some brushstrokes of Ultramarine Blue + White into the shadows for additional coolness. You may click on any of the images to see enlargements.

The beautiful Abergine Purple door is a mix of Dioxazine Purple + Magenta + White. More White is added into the sunlit portion of the door. The color is actually more Magenta than it appears in these pictures, digital images tend to accentuate the blue tones.

The entire surface of the floor is covered with mixes of MUD + Cadmium Orange + White and MUD + Cadmium Red Light + Cadmium Orange + White, establishing the light and shadow pattern.

Perspective lines are pulled into the wet floor with a fine liner brush dipped in a thin mix of MUD + Liquin.

The horizontal lines separating the individual Terracotta tiles are drawn, then the Baby Painting is signed with Cadmium Red Light in the shadow area. I prefer to do my signature when the underlying paint is fresh, it’s much easier to make the calligraphy flow freely. If I waited until the floor was dry it would be difficult to make the lines smooth over the bumps, lumps and rough texture.

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Veterans Day 2020

November 11, 2020

 

This Flag FLIES Across the Flowered Plain!

These Stars and Stripes are AWESOME! As I gardener I can’t even begin to imagine the amount of planning it took to map them out and then plant all the red, white and blue flowers. The long side of “Old Glory” is 740 feet long, the shorter side measures 390 feet. Not only is it huge, the proportions are correct according to Executive Order #10834.

The floral American Flag covers 6.65 acres. The 5 pointed stars, comprised of White Larkspur, are 24 feet in diameter. Each stripe is 30 feet wide. It’s estimated to contain more than 400,000 Larkspur plants. With 4 to 5 flowers on each stem that totals more than 2 million flowers.

The beautiful American Flag “flies” near Vandenberg AFB, close to the small town of Lompoc, California, in Santa Barbara County. The field is about 9 miles from the Pacific Ocean. The entire distance from the Flag to the coast is spectacularly planted with colorful flowers by different seed companies. I don’t know which seed company did this. I wish I knew, I’d only purchase my flower seeds from them. With all that is currently going on in our country, it is great to see this beautiful display of the American Spirit.

So, on this VETERAN’S DAY I want to thank all of the wonderful men and women, as well as their families, who have sacrificed to protect us and this great country. Our Veterans are very special; please take a moment to say a prayer for all of those who have and are currently serving in our armed forces so we may live in freedom. I also want to include the men and women in law enforcement and the EMS who keep us safe. ALWAYS THANK A VETERAN, LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER or FIRST RESPONDER; it just doesn’t have to be today. When you see someone in a uniform tell them how much you appreciate their sacrifices to protect our Freedoms and Safety here in America. Give them a smile and say, “Thank YOU for what you’re doing to keep us safe in the USA!” With Grateful Hugs,

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Embellishing a Mallorcan Terrace

November 10, 2020

Today, on my easel, we’re traveling to Mallorca, Spain! This is the last of the LIMITED ORIGINAL Hand Embellished Giclees on Canvas for my collector’s office. Here is “Serenade of Mallorca”, before any painting has been done on the high resolution digital reproduction. 

The blue portion of the sky is glazed with a thin oil mixture of Pthalo Blue + Liquin. The area above and to the right of my brush has been glazed. The lighter part of the blue sky to the left has not. Please keep in mind as you read through my blog, you may click on any of the images to see them larger.

Fluffy clouds, floating above the horizon, are highlighted with a mix of White + Cadmium Orange + Ultramarine Blue. 

The ocean has been repainted with mixes of Ultramarine Blue + MUD (2 parts Ultramarine Blue + 1 part Alizarin Crimson) + White, Ultramarine Blue + White, Ultramarine Blue + Pthalo Blue + White, Ptahlo Blue + White and Turquoise Pthalo Blue + White. Then the splashes of surf, from the waves crashing against the base of the rocky outcroppings, are painted with White + a tiny bit of Ultramarine Blue.

The twisting trunk of the Bougainvillea is repainted with combinations of MUD + Cadmium Orange and MUD + Cadmium Orange + White.

Combinations of Permanent Rose + White, in varying proportions, are used for the colorful bracts of the Bougainvillea. The leaves are mixes of Viridian Green + White and Viridian Green + Pthalo Blue + White.

After repainting the wrought iron door handle, our attention turns to the Valencia Orange Tree planted in the terra cotta container by the doorway. 

Geraniums and Sweet Potato Vine under the citrus tree are also painted. Next the large, distinctive blossoms of the Sunflowers are made with mixes of Cadmium Yellow Medium + Cadmium Orange + MUD, Cadmium Yellow Medium + Cadmium Orange, Cadmium Yellow Medium and Lemon Yellow. Ptahlo Blue + Cadmium Yellow Medium is used for the leaves of the Sunflowers.

African Daisies dance to the tune of the music made by the water cascading from the fountain. The blooms are Cadmium Orange, Cadmium Red Light, Alizarin Crimson + White and Cadmium Red Light + White. Gray-green leaves are several different shades of Pthalo Blue + Cadmium Orange + White.

“Serenade of Mallorca” is completely embellished.

It’s fun to compare the difference between the Before and After.  I’m always amazed at how much richer the Giclee is after all the glazing and repainting is finished! I appreciate you following along today and do hope you’ll come back again soon. With Colorful Smiles and Big Hugs,

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Off to Venice!

November 4, 2020

The next LIMITED ORIGINAL Giclee I’m going to embellish for my Collector’s Dental Office is “Reflections of Romance”! So, we’re off to Venice! Only on my easel of course! The unembellished giclee is shown above.

The first thing is to glaze the most distant buildings with a thin oil wash of Raw Sienna + Liquin. This increases the feeling of warmth from the setting sun. Please remember as you read through my blog, you may click on any of the images to view enlargements.

The structure on the right side is then glazed with Burnt Sienna + Liquin to make the color of the terra cotta stucco richer. A wash of Viridian Green + Liquin accentuates these doors and windows. The roof tiles on all of the buildings are also highlighted, adding to the impression of sunset. The shutters, door and awning of the golden buildings in the back are glazed with Pthalo Blue + Liquin.

Ribbons on the Gondolier’s hat are accentuated with Cadmium Red Light. The gold trim on the Gondola is brightened up with mixes of Cadmium Yellow Medium + a touch of MUD (2 parts Ultramarine Blue + 1 part Alizarin Crimson) + White.

Mixes of Magenta + White are used to repaint the Bougainvillea cascading over the old stone wall.

The flickering glow of the gas lanterns is intensified with combinations of Cadmium Yellow Medium + Cadmium Orange + White and Cadmium Yellow Medium + White. 

After glazing the floor of the foreground terrace with Burnt Sienna + Liquin, the edges of the individual tiles are highlighted.

The Wine Glasses and Bottle are now repainted. 

The bright colors of Angelonia POP against the darker, more muted tones of the building in the background. The flowers are painted with mixes of Permanent Rose + White, Permanent Rose + Cadmium Red Light + White and Cadmium Red Light + White.

Geraniums are made of Cadmium Red Deep, Cadmium Red Deep + Cadmium Red Light and Cadmium Red Light. Then mixes of Pthalo Blue + Lemon Yellow are used for the leaves.

We’re done! This is actually several sessions compressed into one. I don’t know about you but I’m ready to sit on that terrace, take a sip of wine and enjoy the “Reflections of Romance” dancing on the canal! 

Now you can see the difference between the unembellished Giclee on the left and the LIMITED ORIGINAL Hand Embellished Giclee on the right. Jack came up with the term LIMITED ORIGINAL because even though these are part of a Limited Edition, no two pieces are embellished exactly alike. Each one is an Original! 

Thank you for following along. Hope you’ll come back and visit my studio. I have one more piece to embellish for my Collector’s Dental Office! HUGS,

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Election Day

November 3, 2020

FINALLY, that long-awaited moment has arrived, a pivotal point for our country. It’s ELECTION DAY. Sitting on the edge of the bed this morning reading my Bible, I began to leaf through the thin pages. Over the years I’ve highlighted meaningful passages with a yellow marker. At times when I am uncertain, anxious or just not really certain what I’m looking for, I leave it to God to guide me to the scripture I need. 

Isaiah 41:13 jumped out at me. 

“For I AM the Lord, your GOD, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, DO NOT FEAR; I WILL HELP YOU.” 

Thinking back to my Pastor’s sermon this weekend I thought of the times I’ve said, “I’ve voted, now there is nothing else I can do.” 

BUT! Wait a minute Mikki, you’ve cast your ballot…NOW, is the time for action. HE WILL HELP US! As Pastor Chris reminded us, we have the incredible power of prayer. We are extremely blessed live in America. So many men and women have given their lives that we may enjoy the Freedoms we have. God has brought us through many calamities; HE will continue to do so. We can pray for our Country and for Our Lord to guide our leaders, no matter who is elected. Pray for the people in our wonderful United States to show respect and love for each other. 

It’s in God’s Hands, THY WILL BE DONE! HE will help us. In HIM we place our Trust. So please join me today as I pray for Our Lord to Guide our country, our leaders and all of us in it. THANK YOU,

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