Posts Tagged ‘Painting Bluebonnets’

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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Painting Bluebonnets

March 15, 2015


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Well, I meant to get this posted last night but it takes a little longer to do my blog with the videos. However, I think it is worth the extra time involved. So let’s get with it! Today we’re painting our Texas State Flower, Bluebonnets. My paint is mixed and ready to go. #1. Ultramarine Blue + a touch of Dioxazine Purple + White. #2 and #3. Different proportions of Ultramarine Blue + White. #4 and #5. Two shades of Cobalt Blue + White. These mixes will be used for the Bluebonnets in the foreground, it’s more intense than the Ultramarine Blue mixtures and will advance. Here is another one of those simple rules that help to give the appearance of depth in a painting: Intense Colors Come Forward, Duller Colors Go Back. The recipes for the leaves are #6. Different mixes of Pthalo Blue + Cadmium Yellow Medium + White. #7. A light and dark shade of Pthalo Blue + White.

The Bluebonnets are painted Flowers First, Leaves Last.

Now grass and foliage is blocked in.

White and pink wildflowers in the distance are added. The White flowers are really a soft blue made of White + Ultramarine Blue while the pink Primroses are Magenta + White.


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The greens of the leaves and stems are worked around the blossoms, helping to shape them.

The final step on the Bluebonnets, adding the little white “caps” on top of the blossoms. Those in the distance are made with White + a touch of Ultramarine Blue. This makes the White a little cooler so it recedes. Those in the foreground are Pure White.

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TA DA! The Bluebonnets are finished and I’ve blocked in a few of the rocks lining the little brook. Thanks for following along today, I really appreciate you 🙂 Hugs,

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