Bluebonnets and Cactus


VIDEO DEMONSTRATION: Painting the Bluebonnets

The light from the rising sun illuminates some of the tall grass growing in between patches of Bluebonnets. A mix of Pthalo Blue + Cadmium Yellow Medium + White is used here.

The white ‘caps’ on the Bluebonnets are dotted in next. Pure White is used for those in the sun, closest to the foreground. You may click on this or any of the other images to see enlargements.

Pads on the distance cactus are made with the corner of my square tipped ‘Bright’ brush. The colors are all mixed from Pthalo Blue + Cadmium Orange + White.

The early morning sun warms the left edge of the Mesquite Trees behind Chance and Kristen. 

Outcroppings of limestone are commonly found in the Texas Hill Country. The large slabs have been painted with mixtures of MUD (2 parts Ultramarine Blue + 1 part Alizarin Crimson) + Cadmium Orange + White. Brushstrokes of Ultramarine Blue are added here and there to give the impression of reflections from the cool sky overhead. Some of the lighter colors from the sky are used to highlight those rocks touched by the sun.

The foreground cacti are painted with several different mixes. Pthalo Blue + Cadmium Orange + White, Pthalo Blue + Cadmium Orange + Cadmium Yellow Medium, Pthalo Blue + White and MUD + Alizarin Crimson + Cadmium Orange + White + a little of the green from the other mixes. 

The last step for this session is to add the prickly thorns on the individual cactus pads. The ones caught in the glow of the sunrise sparkle and shine! I forgot to take a picture of the full painting at this stage, OPPPS! Guess you’ll just have to come back tomorrow. BUT it’ll be worth it. I’m going to have a video showing how I block in the horse’s head. See you then!


© Senkarik 2020

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