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Praises of Thanksgiving

November 24, 2022

Psalm 100

Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth!
    Serve the Lord with gladness!
    Come into his presence with singing!

Know that the Lord, he is God!
    It is he who made us, and we are his;
    we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.

Enter his gates with thanksgiving,
    and his courts with praise!
    Give thanks to him; bless his name!

For the Lord is good;
    his steadfast love endures forever,
    and his faithfulness to all generations.

Over the years my collectors, readers and fellow artists have become friends. Many of you I’ve never met in person, but I still feel we have a special bond. I would like to take this opportunity to let you know how thankful I am for you! I’m very blessed with all of your loving encouragement and support through thick and thin! I may not see you physically but it gives me great comfort knowing you’re there!

I’m also very thankful for the men and women who have sacrificed so much so we can live in Freedom here in America. We have much to be grateful for, God has certainly blessed each of us. Please remember to give THANKS every single day for His gifts because “Thanksgiving is an attitude of the heart, not a day of the year.” 

May Our Lord bless your Thanksgiving with Love, Laughter & a Joyful Day of Singing Praises to HIM!

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Blue, Blue, Bluebonnets!

November 20, 2022

As usual, we begin painting with the sky. The recipes for my color mixes are shown above: #1. White + Cobalt Blue. #2. Two combinations of White + Pthalo Blue. #3. White + Cadmium Orange + a touch of MUD (2 parts Ultramarine Blue + 1 part Alizarin Crimson). #4. White + MUD. Just a reminder, you may click on any picture to see it larger.

By the way, those are the basic colors of our Double Primary Palette across the top of the picture. To learn more about this Oil Color Mixing System that Jack developed, CLICK HERE.

The upper portion of the sky is mix #1. The lower part has been covered with the #2 mixtures, using the lightest shade near the horizon. Highlights (#3) dance along the tops of the clouds, the shadow area of which have been painted with mix #4.

The distant field, illuminated by sunlight, appears even brighter because of the dark trees in front of it.

COME WATCH as I block in the beautiful spring Blue, Blue Bluebonnets growing in the meadow outside the courtyard.

A few Magenta wildflowers cavort happily amongst the Blue ones.

Their distinctive white caps are now added, making sure there is no doubt that this is a field of our beloved Texas State Flower, the Bluebonnet!

Jack always loved seeing my “Through the Door” paintings at this stage. He thought it was cool with the background complete and the foreground still in the initial sketch. I do too! What do you think? With Cheerful Hugs,

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Back to Texas

November 15, 2022

Today, we’re coming back to the beautiful Hill Country of Texas! I’m working on a new piece for Pitzer’s Fine Art, my gallery in Wimberley, Texas. First, the basic architecture of the archway, door and courtyard wall is drawn up on the canvas with a thin oil wash of MUD (2 parts Ultramarine Blue + 1 part Alizarin Crimson) + Liquin Original. Here I’m washing in the antique bricks that will line the tops of the door and open archway. To see enlargements of any of the images, just click on the picture.

Stately Hollyhocks nestle in the right corner; on the left of the Red Door cheerful Sunflowers will glow.

Firecracker Penstemon is sketched with a wash of Alizarin Crimson + Liquin Original. Orange California Poppies will be planted in the adjoining container.

Wisteria meanders over the arch and door. All of the colorful flowers in the courtyard will be accentuated by the cool hues of classic Texas Bluebonnets in the distant field!. Now that the initial oil wash sketch is complete, we’re all ready to begin painting. Hope you’ll come back and follow along!

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THANK YOU to our VETERANS!

November 11, 2022

The Joint Service Color Guard advances the colors during the retirement ceremony of Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Henry H. Shelton, at Fort Myer, Virginia, on October 2, 2001. Dept. of Defense photo by Helene C. Stikkel.

In 1919, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed November 11 as Armistice Day to commemorate the end of World War I. The end of the war happened at the 11th hour, of the 11th day, of the 11th month, so that’s why November 11 was chosen. Accordingly, November 11, 1918, was considered the end of “the war to end all wars” and in 1938 it became an official holiday. But then World War II and the Korean War happened. So on June 1, 1954, Congress amended the commemoration by changing the word “ARMISTICE” to “VETERANS” in order to honor American veterans of all wars, whether they are living or dead.

I’d like to share a short poem by Joanna Fuchs, she says it so well.

The Best on Earth:
A Veteran’s Day Tribute

If someone has done military service,
They earn the title “veteran,” and more;
They earn our deep respect and admiration;
That they are special no one can ignore.

They sacrificed the comforts we enjoy;
The list is long of all the things they gave.
Our veterans are extraordinary people;
They’re loyal, dedicated, true and brave.

When terror and invasion were real threats,
They showed us they could handle any storm.
We owe our freedoms and our very lives
To our veterans, who served in uniform.

Our veterans should be celebrities;
They’re exceptional; no other group compares.
We’re grateful for the many things they’ve done;
They’re always in our hearts and in our prayers.

We owe our veterans support and friendship;
Let no one ever question what they’re worth.
These men and women served us and our country,
Our veterans–the very best on earth.

By Joanna Fuchs

So please take a moment to say a prayer for all of those who have and are currently serving in our armed forces. Always THANK A VETERAN; it just doesn’t have to be today. When you see someone in a uniform tell them how much you appreciate their sacrifices to protect our Freedoms here in America. Give them a smile and say, “Thanks for what you’re doing to keep us safe in the USA!”

With Grateful Hugs,

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Embellishing ENDLESS BEAUTY

November 8, 2022

Now, let’s go to Santorini! The unembellished Giclee of ENDLESS BEAUTY is up on my easel and we’re ready to begin. Please keep in mind as you read through my blog, you may click on any image to view an enlargement.

A couple of thin oil washes are made with Severes Green + Liquin Original and Cobalt Blue + Liquin Original.

The water below the church is glazed with the Severes Green + Liquin Original oil wash, intensifying the color.

The Cobalt Blue wash is used on the gates, window and door. You can see how the color of the glazed area on the door, above the brush, is much richer than the hue below it.

The large leaves of the Canna Lilies are glazed with Viridian Green + Liquin Original. This makes them darker and richer, accentuating the brilliant, azure water at the base of the bluffs.

The bright, hot Pink Bougainvillea is repainted with combinations of Permanent Rose + White and Cadmium Red Light + Permanent Rose + White.

After embellishing the flowers of the Canna Lilies and Petunias that reside on the steps, my attention turns to the cheerful Geraniums. Their blossoms are painted with Cadmium Red Light + Alizarin Crimson, Cadmium Red Light and Cadmium Red Light + White.

Dioxazine Purple + White is used for the Lavender Cyclamen nestled below the Geraniums.

Tiger Lilies dance in the gentle breeze drifting in from the Aegean Sea. The Cadmium Orange flowers glow against the Cobalt Blue Gate. Blue and Orange are complementary colors, this means they are across from each other on the Color Wheel. Placing the Orange next to the Blue makes it appear even more intense.

The sun-washed stucco of the building on the right is highlighted with pure White. This makes it come forward of the wall and church in the distance. The lightest White on both of them have a little Ultramarine Blue mixed in, causing them to recede.

Ready to take a stroll along the stone walk and enjoy the ENDLESS BEAUTY of Santorini? I certainly am!

Here’s the LIMITED ORIGINAL Giclee, Before and After the embellishing process. It sure makes a difference, doesn’t it?

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Table with a View

November 4, 2022

Today I’m showing how I embellish one of my LIMITED ORIGINAL Giclees on Canvas. The unembellished Giclee is shown above. My collector originally asked for another of my Sedona paintings to be made into a LIMITED ORIGINAL. However “Shimmering Majesty”, the sunset scene he chose, would not enlarge as much as Bruce needed. So, I suggested “Table with a View”; I could just change it to a Sunset! This is several days work compressed into one post. To see this, or any of the other images larger, just click on the picture.

The door is glazed with a thin oil mix of Pthalo Blue + Liquin Original. The area below my brush has not yet been glazed, you can see how much richer the upper portion is.

The sky is repainted, changing it to a brilliant sunset!

Adding the warm glow from the setting sun makes Sedona’s Red Rocks shimmer against the cool shadows of the clouds and distant bluffs behind them.

The cheerful Ultramarine Blue and White striped umbrellas are repainted.

Let’s pour some wine into the glasses, giving an invitation to the viewer to come sit down, take a sip and enjoy the view.

Bruce said one of his favorite wines is a California Primitivo produced by a local Family Vintner, MUNGER VINEYARDS. The unique label is fun to paint!

Wine label DONE! Let’s move on to gardening…

Repainting the Geraniums is next.

Cadmium Yellow Daisies bob their bright heads in the gentle breeze. The centers are painted in three steps. #1. A large dark center is made with MUD (2 parts Ultramarine Blue + 1 part Alizarin Crimson) + Liquin Original. #2. A smaller blob of Cadmium Yellow + White is added in the middle of that. #3. In this picture I’m making a small dot of MUD in the center of the yellow.

The Pink and White blossoms of the Rose of Sharon are now repainted.

We’re done. I don’t know about you but I’m ready to take a seat at this “Table with a View”, enjoy a glass of California Primitivo and bask in the beautiful Sedona Sunset!

“Table with a View”, transformed from mid day to late afternoon sunset! Thanks for following along.

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A SPECIAL DAY

October 28, 2022

Mike’s blue jeans are painted with several mixes of Cobalt Blue + White. As you read through my blog please remember, you may click on any image to see an enlargement.

Various combinations of MUD + Ultramarine Blue + Cadmium Orange + Cadmium Red Light + White are used for Mike’s face. First the shadow patterns are blocked in.

After the details of his face are delineated, Mike’s beard is added with mixtures of Ivory Black + White.

Burnt Umber + White makes up his hat. The band is some of the Ivory Black mix that was used for the beard.

White, in various proportions, is added to the hat mixes to paint the Boy Scout Leader’s shirt.

The deep red of the Kerchief is Cadmium Red Deep + Magenta while the highlights are Pure Cadmium Red Light.

Mike’s arm and hand holding the reins are painted with the mixtures remaining from his face.

The White stripes of the flag are painted first, then the Red ones. I follow this sequence so the Whites will stay crisp and clean. If the Red was covered first and then the White, my brush would pick up the Red as I painted the White stripes and they would turn Pink!

The Blue Field of the Flag is blocked in first, making sure to leave the dots that give me the position of the stars. The White stars are painted into the Blue, making it easier to shape them. I will have to come back later, after they are dry, and add more White on the stars that are illuminated by the sun.

A SPECIAL DAY 16 inches x 12 inches

All of the cool greens of the trees in the background make our beautiful Star Spangled Banner POP! July 4th, 2012 was A SPECIAL DAY for Mike and his son. I feel blessed to be able to commemorate this moment for Mike. Thanks to all of you for your kind and encouraging comments! With appreciative Hugs,

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Gypsy and Tack

October 26, 2022

Before starting work on Gypsy and the Tack (Saddle and Bridle) the street must be painted. Several mixes of White + MUD (2 parts Ultramarine Blue + 1 part Alizarin Crimson) + Cadmium Orange + Ultramarine Blue are used. The warmer mixtures contain more Cadmium Orange and are used nearer the foreground. Cooler mixes, with more Ultramarine Blue, are reserved for the street farther away. The coolness of the hues in the Bluer mixes makes the street recede. Please remember, you may click on any image to see it larger.

Now we are ready to begin on Gypsy and the Tack. My color recipes are: #1. MUD + Ultramarine Blue + White. #2. Five combinations, in various proportions, of MUD + Cadmium Orange + Cadmium Red Light + a little Cadmium Yellow Medium + White. #3. Two shades of Ivory Black + White. #4. MUD + Cadmium Red Light.

Gypsy’s hind legs and tail are painted with Ivory Black, wet into wet, over the street behind them. Using the #3 mixes, her hooves are made. Then her hip, flank and belly are blocked in the #2 mixtures. I apologize, I was so excited about starting on Gypsy I forgot to take any progress pictures! Finally remembered when I began the The “Boot” for the flag pole, which attaches to the stirrup.

One characteristic of Gypsy’s Dun coloring is the distinctive “Zebra striping” on her upper front legs. Her expressive eyes are painted in two steps. The left eye shows the beginning, the entire eye is painted with MUD + Liquin Original, then a crescent of the #4 mix is made along the lower portion. On the right, I’m adding the tiny White catch light. Since sun pours into the painting from the right, the catch light is added at approximately a 1 o’clock position.

After finishing Gypsy’s head and delineating the Halter, Bridle and Bosal, the Breastplate is painted.

The Snaffle Bit, Buckles and Ring of the Martingale are first made with a mix of Ultramarine Blue + a bit of Ivory Black + White. Then white highlights are added.

Saddle, Stirrup Leathers and Stirrups complete our work for this session. I started my oil painting career in 1990 doing Equine pieces. Then, in 1992, I painted a Garden/Architecture scene. My gallery sold it immediately, before she had even taken it completely out of the shipping box, and asked for more. Ten of those sold and in the meantime, not one of the horse paintings she had in inventory was purchased. So I made the switch; my collectors were telling me what they liked best. I love doing the Garden/Architecture pieces but it’s really fun to be painting a horse again. Been a long time!

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ALL Those People!

October 22, 2022

Painting the crowd to the left of Mike and Gypsy begins the same way as before, several different colors are blocked in. Skin tones and darks are added to indicate faces and hair. Then, individual figures are shaped from the jumble of hues. Please keep in mind, you may click on any picture to see an enlargement.

WHEW! I think ALL those people are done! I’ve painted the distant crowd a little more loosely, or impressionistically, than the one on the right. This causes them to drop back even further into the background. I’ve changed the yellow on two of the figures flanking Gypsy and Mike, making the hue more intense. This subtly leads the viewer’s gaze to the main subject of the portrait by “Framing” them.

Mixes of MUD (2 parts Ultramarine Blue + 1 part Alizarin Crimson) + Ultramarine Blue + a bit of Pthalo Blue + White are used for the upright barrier lining the parade route.

While the wall is still wet, I go ahead and paint Mike’s boots.

After stepping back and studying the portrait, I decide to add a couple more American Flags being waved by the enthusiastic 4th of July celebrants.

Patriotic Red, White and Blue bunting drapes in graceful scallops along the barrier.

Bows and Ribbons are added and the Background is complete! We’ll begin working on the Stars of our Portrait in the next session. COME WATCH! With Big Hugs,

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Celebrating Crowd

October 20, 2022

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,

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