Archive for May, 2021

BONDED FOREVER

May 7, 2021

I begin by drawing the STARS of our painting, the pair of Red Northern Cardinals, on the 6 inch by 6 inch Ampersand Cradled Panel. A thin oil wash made of MUD (2 parts Ultramarine Blue + 1 part Alizarin Crimson) + Liquin is used for the female Cardinal. Then the male is washed in with a mix of Alizarin Crimson + Liquin, with the dark accents added using the MUD wash. A little of the Alizarin Crimson mixture tints the crown, wing and tail of the female. You may click on any of the images to view them larger.

Plum Blossoms are washed in with combinations of Dioxazine Purple + Liquin, Magenta + Liquin and Ultramarine Blue + Dioxazine Purple + Liquin.

I’ve allowed the initial wash sketch to dry overnight. Now the background is painted around the birds and flowers with several mixes in varying proportions of Pthalo Blue + Cadmium Orange + White.

VIDEO DEMONSTRATION: Painting the Plum Blossoms

Leaves are added with mixes of Pthalo Blue + Cadmium Yellow Medium.

My collector asked me to add freckles to the Plum Blossoms. They painted into the wet paint of the flowers with a mix of White + a touch of Ultramarine Blue.

Mrs. Chippers’ body is painted with combinations of Cadmium Orange + Ultramarine Blue + a little MUD + White. Her beak is Cadmium Orange + Alizarin Crimson and Cadmium Orange.

Mr. Chippers’ bright red feathers are made with Cadmium Red Deep + Magenta, Cadmium Red Deep and Cadmium Red Light. The highlights on his head and chest are added with Cadmium Red Light + White.

Cardinals mate for life, so our colorful pair is “BONDED FOREVER”!

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Scarlet Visitors

May 1, 2021

Starting another little EMBRYO or Baby Painting today. My collector fell in love with “Crimson Visitor” on my Mother’s Day Special Offering but it was already spoken for. This painting is going to be a gift for a friend of his whose parents are now in Heaven. Every time she sees Cardinals she feels they are paying her a special visit in honor of her mom and dad. The original piece only had Mr. Chippers, I suggested that we add Mrs. Chippers to personalize the painting just for Robin. Please remember as you read through my blog, you may click on any of the images to view enlargements.

VIDEO DEMONSTRATION: Painting the Salvia and Sunflowers

Sunlight splashes into the painting and across the satillo tile from from the right, illuminating the basket, flowers and pair of cardinals.

After the entire surface of the floor is covered, the perspective and horizontal lines separating the tiles are drawn into the wet paint with a fine liner brush.

The basket is first blocked in with mixes of MUD (2 parts Ultramarine Blue + 1 part Alizarin Crimson) + Cadmium Orange + more Ultramarine Blue + White. Then the wicker is delineated with lighter mixes of the same combinations. The flat edge of a square tipped, Bright Brush is perfect to add the heavily textured strokes.

The heart shaped leaves of Sweet Potato Vine, casting their shadows down the side of the basket, bring an extra touch of LOVE into the painting.

White Daisies sparkle in combination with the purple Salvia and cheerful yellow Sunflowers.

The last step is to paint Mr. and Mrs. Chippers!

I know whenever I see Cardinals in my garden I think of Jack with warmth in my heart. Mr. Chippers was his absolute favorite visitor to our feeders. I pray these “SCARLET VISITORS” bring that same joy and happy memories of her parents to Robin!

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