SOLITUDE was one of my Limited Original, hand embellished Giclees on Canvas, that was in the fire in my collector’s home. To read my blog on restoring their extensive art collection CLICK HERE. Unfortunately, it was damaged beyond repair, so I have the opportunity to start on a fresh Giclee of my original. I’ll embellish it to hang in their new, redone home when they move back in. This is the unembellished Giclee, straight from Miguel, my wonderful printer and owner of ARTFINITY in Florida. If you’re interested in having Giclees made of your paintings I’ll be happy to provide you with his contact information. Just ask in the comment section below.

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Done in 1995, SOLITUDE is one of my earlier paintings. The ability to easily make changes is one of the things I enjoy most about embellishing my Limited Originals. Looking at my painting almost 30 years later, I realize I would like to add a few elements to make this an even more inviting Tuscan courtyard. The wall on the inside passage under the arch seemed very empty to me, let’s add a window with shutters!

And another terra cotta flower pot, nestled in the ivy at the base of the stairs. Just to give me an idea of how it will look, the basic shape is made with a thin oil wash of Burnt Sienna + Liquin Original.

Can’t have too many containers for flowers, so I’ve put one more on the sill of the new window! Next the door is glazed with a thin oil mix of Pthalo Blue + Liquin Original. This makes the color richer and more intense. Check out the area above my brush. It has been glazed, the area below has not.

I decide to completely repaint the Salvia hugging the lower basin of the fountain. The foliage is several mixes of Pthalo Blue + Cadmium Orange + White and Pthalo Blue + White.

The tall, spiky blossoms are Dioxazine Purple + White, Dioxazine Purple + Ultramarine Blue + White and Ultramarine Blue + White.

Cindy and Ron are such a wonderful couple. I want to celebrate their love with a special tile on the pedestal of the fountain.

At the time I painted this piece in 1995, I didn’t know how and was too timid to attempt to try to paint the water splashing out of the fountain. Now, having a few more miles on my brush, the plunge is made!

SOLITUDE is transforming before our eyes. We’ll be making more changes in our next session. Hope you’ll come back and join me.

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