Monday, September 8, 2008

"Christams Tree" Stage One

Every year I do a painting to use as our Christmas card. This year I am painting a wonderful Santa ornament hanging on the Christmas tree. My inspiration is last year’s tree at my Dad’s house. The tree was beautifully lit by the winter sun streaming in through the picture window.

I began this painting with a light overall yellow wash. I used both cadmium yellow pale and cadmium lemon because the subject needs both warm and cool yellow. When the wash was dry I used Schmincke masking fluid to protect highlights on the Santa ornament, the light bulb and a little bit on the tree. Next I deepen the cadmium yellow pale on areas of the light bulb and the ornament and put down pale washes of Schmincke scarlet red and Winsor green on the ornament.

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