I’m working on one of my EMBRYOS today! Quite a few of my collectors have asked for more of these baby paintings, so I’m happy to comply. This is actually several days easel time compressed into one session. A little kitty is the “Star” in this piece, my first step is to lightly sketch her with pencil on the 10 inch x 10 inch cradled panel that has been covered with a thin coat of white acrylic. The sides are painted with black acrylic so the painting is “Self-framed” and will be ready to hang when it’s finished.

The entire composition is then sketched on the panel with a brush dipped in a thin oil wash made of MUD (2 parts Ultramarine Blue + 1 part Alizarin Crimson) + Liquin Original.

Pink African Daisies are washed in with Alizarin Crimson + Liquin Original.

Our setting is the Greek Islands, so the shutter is painted with combinations of Cobalt Blue + a little MUD + White and Cobalt Blue + White. The window sill of the white stucco building is topped with terra cotta tiles. Several mixes of MUD + Cadmium Orange + Cadmium Red Light + White are used for the warm, rusty hues.

Sometimes I try things that I believe will be pretty cool, but they just don’t turn out that way. That’s what happened with the hinge on the shutter that you probably noticed in the previous picture. It interfered with the spikes of Lavender/Magenta Salvia. The hinge was scraped off with my painting knife, then that area was repainted with the Cobalt Blue mixtures.

The African Daisies are painted with various shades of Alizarin Crimson + White, Cadmium Red Deep + Magenta, Cadmium Red Light + Alizarin Crimson, Cadmium Red Light and Cadmium Orange. Centers are added in 3 steps: First, a large blob of MUD + Liquin Original is made in each blossom. Second, a Cadmium Yellow dot is added in the middle of that. Third, a small speck of the MUD mix finishes out the centers of the flowers.

Sunflowers, spilling out of the basket, are blocked in with Cadmium Yellow Medium + MUD, Cadmium Yellow Medium + Cadmium Orange, pure Cadmium Yellow Medium and some of the paint left over from the African Daisies.

Now for our “Star”, that little Tiger Kitty! The base color of her coat is several combinations of MUD + Cadmium Orange + Ultramarine Blue + White.

The stripes on our Sleeping Beauty are painted, wet-into-wet, with Ivory Black over the browns of her soft coat. Her white points are White + MUD and White + Ultramarine Blue + a little Cadmium Orange. Highlights are added with pure White.

VIDEO PROGRESSION: Follow the entire progression of “Sunflower Snooze”!

“Sunflower Snooze” 10 inches by 10 inches

Basking in the warmth of the dazzling Greek afternoon, this precious sweetheart takes a “Sunflower Snooze”, hugged by a cascade of brilliant blossoms.

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2 Responses to “SUNFLOWER SNOOZE”

  1. Jazzmine Johansen Says:

    This looked like a lot of fun for you. I’m not not this good yet. Still a very very beginner. 😊 love watching you paint. You make it look enjoyable.
    Thank you for all your tips and tricks. They really do help a beginner like me.

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