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     It is interesting how things turn out sometimes... I didn't win at the art show, I got something much better!!   A visiting couple saw my painting and asked me to paint their historical home in Washington!  Wow, didn't see that one coming!  I will be receiving their photos shortly and I am looking forward to the challenge!
     Also, my other painting I had to enter,  "The Sentinel" has been sold.  It is traveling to New York.  Bon Voyage!
     Now, for the teaching.  As I mentioned in my last blog, UNDERPAINTING is MANDATORY!!!
Without it, the painting never quite achieves proper depth and the 3D effect we need and desire!  In the painting, "Top Hat and Tails" even the horse and buggy that are white,  ESPECIALLY WHITE, must be underpainted in a darker color. In the case of white, it is done with grey. You use either a warm grey (browns, reds or yellows) or cool grey (blues or purples with greens) depending on whether your painting is warm or cool.   Then when layering on top, of course, we NEVER cover all the grey.  That is how we achieve the  3D.  The grey remains as the shadows of the object. Again, in Acrylics, the colors always dry darker, so we go back several times lighter and lighter each time to finally achieve the brightness we want.  We also always tint the white with another color to keep white from looking chalky.  If we want a warm white, tint with yellow or tan, if a cool white is desired, then tint with the blue or green family. It takes very little to tint the white!!  Just enough to bring it down from stark white. Only the final highlights can be done in pure white and even then use only touches for "sparkle"
     Another important factor to consider is your composition!!  This is paramount in a painting!! Without proper composition, a painting falls flat no matter how well it is painted!  I will discuss some of the different composition types in my next blog!
     See you soon!


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     So I wanted to come up with a new series that I thought would be popular.  I decided they needed to be large and showy, but not too complicated.  Since we live in a tropical area, I came up with the idea of "Looking Up", literally!

     I took some pictures of palm trees from below and began painting them in a simplified form on canvas that is 36 x 48 ( huge!)  I love it!  I only have one done so far, but I know that they will be popular judging from comments I have received on social media.  Of course I have photos below of the first ones for you to see.

     I am not the first person to try this, but mine are different from other artists.  Mine are just a little bit more realistic, yet still fantastic and fun.  Larger than life, so to speak in a painting.  I focused in on the area at the top of the trunk where the palm fronds branch out making the structure very strong and making it easy to see …

     It has been a while since I showed the steps I go through to produce a painting.  I am working on a large one right now, so I decided this one would be a good candidate to go through this process again for those of you that are not familiar with it.

     A friend posted a photograph on social media of a scene on the central coast of Florida.  I really liked it, so I asked her permission to paint it and she readily agreed.  This scene is of huge cumulus clouds over the sand dunes.  I knew I wanted to focus on the clouds so I chose a canvas that is 36 x 48 gallery wrap.  I have the photo below.  This is a really nice photo, but the painting will be done in lighter colors I decided.

     I painted the entire canvas a light blue for the sky including the sides.  After it dried, I went back and it was darker than I wanted (acrylics dry darker, remember) so I went back over the top third with a shade lighter…