Celebrating Crowd

First of all, we’ll paint the sky and background trees. My color recipes are above. SKY: #1. White + Pthalo Blue. #2. White + Cobalt Blue. TREES: #3. Ultramarine Blue + White. #4. Ultramarine Blue + Cadmium Orange + Pthalo Blue + White. #5. The remaining seven mixtures are combinations, in various proportions, of Pthalo Blue + Cadmium Orange + White. If you would like to view an enlargement of any of the pictures, just click on the image.

After painting the sky, the trees are blocked in with mixes #3, #4 and #5. I work carefully around my sketch. It’s now completely dry, which makes it easy to wipe off any paint that happens to cover my initial drawing. All I have to do is dip a clean brush in my Turpenoid Odorless Paint thinner, wipe it with tissue to remove the excess liquid and then lift off the errant brush strokes.

Trees done! Let’s begin on the people lining the parade route.

I mix A BUNCH of different colors to use for the crowd. All of the mixes are made with the colors of the Jack White Double Primary Palette that I use. They are lined up across the top of my glass palette. To learn more about this wonderful Color Mixing System that Jack developed, CLICK HERE.

I begin blocking in the basic shapes of the 4th of July celebrants. They are painted in a looser, more impressionistic technique without a lot of detail to make them recede into the background. If I were to add all the tiny details of their faces it would detract and take away from Mike and Gypsy, the stars of our portrait.

Extra red, white and blue balloons increase the patriotic mood.

More crowd to paint in our next session. Hope you’ll visit my Studio Blog to join me again. Have a great day! With Colorful Smiles,


© Senkarik 2022


One Response to “Celebrating Crowd”

  1. Don Dillard Says:

    Looking good , not only a good painting,but good art education , including Jacks Double Primary color system ..Mikki you r good👍👍👍👍🙏

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