Posts Tagged ‘Impressionism’

Autumn is Here…

October 18, 2015

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The cool breezes of fall are so welcome after this summer’s heat. Our garden is perking up, getting ready to bloom again. I love this time of year in Texas. To celebrate let’s begin on an autumn themed piece. Actually this is one of a series of the four seasons. Since it’s fall it seemed quite appropriate to begin with the corresponding piece. One of the neatest things about this commission is I’m working Jeana’s fur babies into the compositions. We start with a pen and ink sketch, my “road map” to follow.

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The painting is 14 inches tall by 14 inches wide on a gallery wrapped canvas. The painted image will extend on to the sides. The canvas is attached to a piece of double ply cardboard, it will be easier to handle when it’s wet. The window is lightly sketched with a thin oil wash of MUD (Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson) + a liberal amount of Liquin. Then the southwestern style bench is drawn. Notice the perspective lines I use as a guide.

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The chili pepper ristras are washed in with Alizarin Crimson + Liquin. I’ll paint over them with opaque oils when the wash is dry. Please remember as you go through my blog, you can click on any of the pictures to see them larger.

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Our basic plan is sketched on the canvas. We’ll be applying paint in the next session, hope you’ll come watch. 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! Hugs,

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Chimayo Morning

April 22, 2015

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STRAWBERRIES! Our first of the year.

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They’re almost ready to eat. We can hardly wait, just hope Ms. Mockingbird doesn’t get to them first 🙂

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Jack and I have taken tons of reference pictures over the years. BDC (Before Digital Cameras) we mainly took slides. We have some great Poplar Tree 2x2s, just have to pull out the trusty slide projector to view them. You can see my set up above. I project the image on the wall behind my easel. That’s Jack’s painting over the mantle, he did it especially for me. Don’t you think Peace in the Valley is beautiful? You can click on the image to enlarge it!

Watch the video above to see how I paint the Poplar Trees!

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The leaves of the Red Corn Poppies are painted first, opposite of my usual method. Then the thick brushstokes of the brilliant flowers are gently “Laid” on top of the underlying paint. If I pick up any of the green I immediately wipe it off the brush, I don’t want it to muddy the intense color of the blossoms.

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I go back to my regular sequence of Flowers First, Leaves Last to block in the White Daisies in the foreground.

SD1515 Chimayo Morning 14x14Chimayo Morning     14 inches by 14 inches

Yellow and Orange centers finish out the Daisies shimmering in the early morning sunlight. Isn’t it amazing how the warm flowers in the foreground make the cool colors behind them drop back? Thanks for following along. Hugs,

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The Song of Spring

March 17, 2015

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We’ll start with the Coreopsis in the lower right. My mixtures are #1. Cadmium Orange + MUD (Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson) + Cadmium Yellow Medium. #2. Mix #1 with extra Cadmium Yellow Medium added. #3. Cadmium Yellow Medium + a touch of MUD. #4. Pure Cadmium Yellow Medium. #5. Cadmium Yellow Medium + Lemon Yellow. #6. Three mixes in different proportions of Pthalo Blue + Cadmium Orange + Cadmium Yellow Medium + White. Isn’t it amazing the variety of hues you can achieve with a limited number of colors?

The video above shows how the Coreopsis are blocked in: Flowers First, Leaves Last. If the video screen doesn’t show up then please click on the link to watch. I’m not sure why the screen is not coming up, maybe one of my computer savvy readers will know the answer.

Painting the Coreopsis continues in this video. You’ll have to click on the link above to view this step.

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I pull out a special color for the Salvia, Dioxazine Purple. Mixed with White in several different proportions it makes a nice soft lavender that nestles beautifully with the surrounding greens.

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A different sequence is used to block in the Penstemon. Since the flowers sway on tall stems above the foliage, the leaves are painted first.

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Then the thick paint of the fiery Cadmium Red Light flowers is gently “Laid” on top of the background color. I have to be careful to not pick up any of the underlying paint on my brush as the blossoms are delineated, the greens will dull the red.

SC1115 The Song of Spring 30x40The Song of Spring      30 inches x 40 inches     Original Oil Painting

AND…….The Song of Spring is done! Please remember, to view any of the pictures larger just CLICK on the image. The Song of Spring will have to dry a few days and then it will be off to its new home 🙂 Thanks for following my blog. Hope you’ll visit again soon. Hugs,

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