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March 11, 2017

Today I begin with the rugged tile roof. The terra cotta tiles are mixes of MUD (Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson) + Cadmium Orange + White. Some greens from the landscape are added here and there to give the impression of moss growing on the tiles.

The Wisteria blossoms are blocked in with combinations of Dioxazine Purple + Ultramarine Blue + White. Notice I turn my easel to paint the side of the gallery wrapped canvas.

Individual flower petals are highlighted with mixtures of Dioxazine Purple + White.

The shadows of the gates are Cadmium Red Deep, the sunlit portion is pure Cadmium Red Light. The edges of the boards are delineated with Cadmium Red Light + a little bit of White. Bracing my wrist against the mahl stick steadies my hand to pull the vertical lines into the wet paint of the gates.

Now for the tile floor. To begin, the entire surface is covered to establish the light and shadows. I come back to make the lines separating the individual pavers. Perspective lines are drawn first, then the horizontal ones.

It would be a little tricky to try and paint the bottom edge with the canvas on the easel. So I take the whole unit of canvas and cardboard off and rest it on Jack’s chair. It’s the perfect angle to finish the lower side of the gallery wrap canvas. And you can see, having the canvas attached to cardboard makes it easier to handle while the paint is wet. If you’d like to see how it was attached to the backing, CLICK HERE.

The floor is finished and the painting is back up on the easel. Let’s work on the fountain! Mixtures in various proportions of Cadmium Orange + Ultramarine Blue + White are used. MUD is added to make the darker shades.

Well…..the gardener is scheduled to be here for the next session to plant the flowers! Hope to see you then.

But before I go Molly has an announcement to make, SAVE 15 PURR-CENT on Jack’s books!” 

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Bluebonnets and Limestone

March 10, 2017

The sky, hills and distant field of Bluebonnets are painted first. Then work begins on the stream meandering through the wildflowers.  Mixes of Cadmium Orange + Ultramarine Blue + MUD (Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson) + White are used for the large, flat rocks.

The cactus on the bank is blocked in using a #8 bright (square) brush. The pads are painted by twisting the long handle to make the oval shapes. Please remember as you read through my blog, you can click on any of the images to see them larger.

This stage of my paintings was always Jack’s favorite part. He enjoyed seeing the completed background through the open gate of the sketched in courtyard.

The limestone wall of the courtyard is made with various combinations of Cadmium Orange + a little bit of Pthalo Blue + MUD + White. 

The Carmel Mission window is given a Texas touch with large, uneven blocks of Limestone.

The final step is to draw the twisted trunks of the Wisteria into the wet paint of the rock wall. A mixture of MUD + Liquin is used for the gnarled limbs. I’ve combined a couple of days work in this session. Thank you for following along, hope to see you again soon! HUGS, 

California Mission Meets Texas Hill Country!

March 8, 2017

Before I get started I’d like to tell you how much I appreciate all of your wonderful comments about Jack. Thank you for helping me celebrate his birthday. I know he was smiling at all of us sharing our fun memories of him.

This piece is for Pitzer’s Fine Art in Wimberley, Texas. We started with Rob in 1998 at his gallery in Carmel, California. In honor of our long time friendship I’m going to combine the lovely Carmel Mission architecture with the Texas Hill Country spring! The bones, so to speak, of the painting is this gate at the Mission in Carmel.

I love this unusual window from another part of the mission.

And the fountain is a must!

Bluebonnets, our Texas State Flower, will be the stars of the view through the open gate.

I make a quick sketch to organize my thoughts. This is pretty rough, if the painting was going to be for a commission I’d do a much more finished drawing. But this works perfectly for me, I can follow my “Road Map” to the final destination…..

Sketching the plan up on the canvas. The basic elements are drawn with a brush dipped in a very thin wash of MUD (Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson) + Liquin. I label the flowers so I’ll remember my original idea as I get to painting! If you would like to receive an email every time I publish a new post please feel free to subscribe to my blog. CLICK THIS LINK and scroll to the upper right side of the page. You will see a heading EMAIL SUBSCRIPTIONS. Just enter your email address and click the button “Sign me up!”  It’s easy. And if you enjoy my blog please CLICK the FaceBook LIKE Button. As we say in Texas, “Much Obliged!

Happy Birthday JACK!

March 6, 2017


Today, March 6th, is Jack’s 84th birthday! This was taken on his birthday in 1998 when we lived in Pacific Grove, CA near Carmel. Our dear friend, Ann Wylie, sent Jack the birthday balloons from Texas. Was he ever surprised when he opened the huge, but extremely light box that showed up on our doorstep!


Here we are with Ann, we call her “Angel Ann”, and Tony who piloted the hot air balloon we rode in Albuquerque. We went up with the mass ascension during the annual Balloon Fiesta in 1997. Talk about an awesome experience! We were a little nervous at first, in fact Jack had requested the company’s best pilot when he made our reservations. The lady he talked with said, “That would be Tony!” And he was good, we quickly realized the ride was very smooth and there was nothing to worry about. What wonderful memories.


Cowboy Artist Jack in the middle 1970ies, years before we met. This was a promotional photo he used for his art shows. And if I remember correctly it was published in an article about Jack in Texas Monthly.


Jack and I on our first trip to California in 1990. These humongous Eucalyptus Trees were just around the corner from the Madonna Inn in San Luis Obispo. The locals call the town SLO! We lived about 30 minutes from there several years later and our weekly treat was to go to the Farmer’s Market. As great as Texas is there is nothing here like the Farmer’s Market in SLO!


“THE KING OF MY HEART!” This was taken at the Atlantis Resort. We stayed there during their grand opening in December, 1998. Michael Jackson was also a guest at the time but we never saw him!


Our studio in Carefree, Arizona. This is one of my favorite pictures of Jack. I have a slide show of Jack pictures as the screen saver on my computer. Every time this one comes up I feel like he is waving at me from Heaven. Neat thing happened this morning while I was reading my devotional on our back porch. A window opened up in the cloudy sky and I could see a sunlit cloud. Very much like what happened on Valentine’s morning. I just know Jack was up there waving down to me and all of you who love him too.

Let’s celebrate life like Jack would want us to, remembering all of the great times and love he showed. God truly blessed all of us with such a generous man, full of positiveness. He certainly taught every one of us about living with “No Bad Days!” SO…..


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Breathtaking Exuberance

March 5, 2017


The stream is blocked in with deep shades of Ultramarine Blue + a bit of MUD (Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson) + White. I come back with lighter mixes of Cobalt Blue + Ultramarine Blue + White closer to the lower edge of the canvas.


Wild flowers and grasses grow along the bank. Reflections are pulled, straight down into the wet paint of the water. Then I begin forming rocks with my large bright (square) brush. Several mixes of Ultramarine Blue + Cadmium Orange + White are scumbled together. As rock shapes begin to appear, dark accents are made to indicate the crevices between individual stones.


Sunlight spills across the water near the rocky crossing. The stream is accented with lighter mixes of Cobalt Blue + White.


The stems of the taller grasses are made with a fine liner brush. Please remember, you may click on any of the pictures to see them larger.


The warmth of the yellow Coreopsis and red Daisies make the cooler colors in the background recede even more. 


The red Daisies were initially blocked in with mixes of Alizarin Crimson + Cadmium Red Deep, Cadmium Red Deep and Cadmium Red Deep + Cadmium Red Light. Highlights on individual petals are delineated with pure Cadmium Red Light.


Centers are added next with a mix of MUD + Liquin. Then I come back and a spot of yellow is made in the dark area. The final step in making the center is to place an even smaller dot of MUD in the middle of the yellow! I have to steady my hands against the easel in order to accomplish this.


Our collector also wanted to include, somewhere in the painting, a Monarch Butterfly that he’d taken a picture of.


So…..I thought the clump of Daisies in the foreground would be a perfect spot.

sb1317-breathtaking-exuberance-20x30Breathtaking Exuberance   20″ tall x 30″ wide

LISTEN carefully! Can’t you just hear the hoof beats of the horses running with Breathtaking Exuberance on this crisp fall day in the Tetons? What a fun journey this has been. Thank you for following along and I sincerely appreciate all of your wonderful comments. HUGS, 

AHHH, Horses!

March 4, 2017


The body of the Bay is blocked in with mixes of MUD (Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson) + a little more Alizarin Crimson + Cadmium Red Light + White. Various combinations of these colors make a deep, rich, reddish brown. 


His black points (legs, tips of ears, mane and tail) are made of Pure Ivory Black. A touch of White is added to make the highlights. Please remember, you may click on any of the images to enlarge them.


I using my all-time favorite horse, Bar None Bert, as the model. I love the star, stripe and snip; zipping down his face.


AND….my, could that boy ever zip. “Barnum” loved to run. If I’d let him stretch his legs in a full gallop when I first started a ride he’d calm down and do anything I wanted. We’d go charging through the orange groves near where I grew up. If there was a limb reaching out from a tree that looked any where near jumpable, we’d sail over it with ease.


Rebel, a bright sorrel, was my first horse. Her shiny coat is mixtures in different proportions of MUD + Cadmium Orange + a little more Ultramarine Blue + White. 


She had a wide blaze, swashed right down the center of her face. I’d saved up my baby sitting money and got her at an auction for $125! My girl was nervous around men, she’d been abused. But she was a darling with me. 


Oh, my goodness. Not only is this piece a memory catcher for my client, it’s filled my heart with lots of warm memories as well! Hugs,

Painting the TA Moulton Barn

March 3, 2017


The T.A. Moulton Barn is all the evidence that is left of the original homestead built by Thomas Alma Moulton and his sons between 1912 and 1945. It is probably the most photographed barn in the United States and the structure, cradled by the Tetons, has become a symbol of Jackson Hole, Wyoming. When Jack and I visited this beautiful area we tried to imagine living in here during those years. What a challenge the winters would have been without modern conveniences. Can you imagine trying to do laundry without a washer and dryer in the middle of January?  We have life so easy these days compared to living on the frontier.


I’m very fortunate, my collector supplied me with several wonderful photos he took of this icon. After completing the roof, the weathered wood sides of the structure are delineated. My wrist rests on the mahl stick, steadying my hand as I work.


We decided to add post and rail fences that aren’t actually there anymore. My left hand is braced against the unpainted portion of the canvas to provide a solid support as I draw the fine details. You may click on this or any of the other images to see them larger.


The grassy meadow in front of the barn is painted with soft greens made of White + Pthalo Blue + Cadmium Orange and White + Ultramarine Blue + Cadmium Orange.


Now for the horses in the background. The bay on the left side of the grouping looks toward the right. He serves as a design element to guide the viewer’s eye back into the painting, toward the main focal point: the running horses in the foreground.


An Appaloosa and Paint graze, totally unconcerned about the frivolity going on in the rest of their pasture. The Paint mare is first painted as if she was completely white, I’ll come back and add her spots.

VIDEO! The grasses and weeds near the foreground horses are blocked in with mixes in various combinations of Pthalo Blue + Cadmium Orange + Cadmium Yellow Medium + White. I work with my largest brush as long as possible, only switching to a smaller one when I have to.


It’s beginning to look a lot like Wyoming! Running horses are next….hope you’ll come back to watch. Hugs,

Teton Sky

March 1, 2017

VIDEO! The basic plan of my commission is sketched up on the canvas and I begin applying color in the sky. I “Paint Forward”, in other words I work from the background to the foreground. Sky first, then mountains, distant trees, barn and so on until I get to the foreground.


The awesome line of the Tetons is now painted over the wet sky. Painting wet-into-wet enables me to make the edges soft so the mountains will recede.


Sunlight streams over the jagged mountain tops.


Our colors are mixed for the trees all decked out in their fall foliage. The color recipes are: #1. MUD (Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson) + Liquin. #2. White + Cadmium Orange + Ultramarine Blue. #3. Ultramarine Blue + Cadmium Orange + White. #4. Three shades of MUD + Cadmium Yellow Medium + a little Cadmium Orange + White. #5. Ptahlo Blue + Cadmium Orange + White. #6. Two mixes of White + Pthalo Blue + Cadmium Orange. If you’d like to know more about our Double Primary Color Mixing System that Jack developed CLICK HERE.


The most distant trees are painted with mixes #2 and #3. The field is made with #6. You may click on the image to see it larger.


The warmer mixtures #4 and #5 are reserved for the trees that are closer to the barn and foreground. Juxtaposed against the cooler trees in the background makes them come forward.


The Tetons are complete. We’ll be working on the barn in our next session. Hope you come back for the barn raising! HUGS,

Don’t Fence Me In!

February 27, 2017


We’re traveling to Wyoming for our next painting! My collector visited there and asked me to capture their memories on canvas. The famous TA Moulton barn, with the distinctive mountain line of the Tetons in the background, will be featured. He’s an amazing photographer and provided me with wonderful images to work from. A small sketch is done to establish the arrangement of the major elements on the painting. 


What would a painting of the West be without horses? To sketch the composition on the canvas I begin with the pair that is running. Since they are in the foreground I want to get them drawn first. The placement of the other horses and the barn on the canvas will be determined after the pencil sketch of these two is complete.


Next I draw the barn with a brush dipped in a very thin oil wash made of MUD (Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson) + Liquin. My wrist rests on the mahl stick to steady my hand.


Now the other horses in the meadow are added. I’ve been asked if I “Make Up” my horses or do I use photos? I use reference materials for almost everything I paint. I’ll combine lots of different pictures to compose a scene but rarely do I make anything up. Over the years Jack and I have accumulated thousands of images we use for reference.


There is nothing as beautiful as a horse running freely with mane and tail flowing in the wind.


These two appear to be racing for pure joy!


OHHHH NNOOOOO! I had originally planned for a pole fence to be in the corner of the painting. You can see it in the pen and ink sketch. But WHOA! The fence seems to ruin the freedom of the horses’ movement. It’s like they are snorting, “Don’t Fence Me In!”


That’s easy to fix. We purchase double primed canvases, then I apply another thin coat of Acrylic on top of that. This makes the surface slightly slick, it’s easy to erase my oil wash drawing with a clump of toilet tissue dipped in Turpenoid thinner.


To anchor the foreground I add a small brook, this way the horses can be wild, crazy and FREE! Much more open and inviting, don’t you think? If you would like to receive an email every time I publish a new post please feel free to subscribe to my blog. CLICK THIS LINK and scroll to the upper right side of the page. You will see a heading EMAIL SUBSCRIPTIONS. Just enter your email address and click the button “Sign me up!”  It’s easy. And if you enjoy my blog please CLICK the FaceBook LIKE Button. As we say in Texas, “Much Obliged!

Make A Wish

February 26, 2017


Now for that little fella snoozing away on the sun warmed step. For the browns in his tiger coat I’ve used paint left over from the beams on the old well. His dark stripes are delineated with a brush dipped in a mix of MUD (Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson) + Liquin. 


Geraniums! All three steps of my Flowers First, Leaves Last painting process are shown here. Flowers are first blocked in with masses of Cadmium Red Deep and Cadmium Red Medium in the container to the left of my brush. I’m working on the second step, adding green leaves made of Pthalo Blue + Lemon Yellow. The Geraniums in the hanging basket are complete with flowers highlighted in Cadmium Red Light, light green stems and flower buds. To see this image larger just click on the picture.


Salvia grows around the stone base of the well. The spiky flowers are Magenta + Dioxazine Purple + White while the foliage is made with combinations of Pthalo Blue + Cadmium Orange + White.


Rose of Sharon resides happily by the Salvia. The flowers are very similar to those of the Hollyhock, it just doesn’t have the tall stalks covered with seed pods. Originally I’d planned to plant Hollies here but realized those distinctive stalks would cover over the heart shaped leaves of the vine draping from the roof of the well.


We’ll let some Coreopsis grow in the container by our kitty and the watering can. The flowers are blocked in with mixtures of Cadmium Orange + Cadmium Yellow Medium + MUD, Cadmium Yellow Medium + MUD and pure Cadmium Yellow Medium.

sb1217-make-a-wish-20x24Make a Wish     20″ tall x 24″ wide

Now all that’s left to do is for you to step up to the well, pitch in a coin and Make a Wish! As soon as it’s dry enough this piece will be off to our gallery, the Santa Fe Art Collector in New Mexico. Thank you for following my blog. Hope you’ll come watch my next painting, it’s a bit different from my usual flowers and architectural pieces. BIG HUGS,