Scarlet Visitors

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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