Sunday, September 14, 2008

"Christmas Tree" Stage Three

I used Daniel Smith quinacridone gold and Winsor & Newton Scarlet Lake on the Santa ornament. Added more masking fluid to areas that have been painted to reserve more highlights on the ornament, to help create the look of glitter. Besides the ornament being covered in glitter I am faced with the challenge of working with my kitten in my lap. He has to learn to be a good artist’s cat, which means keeping his paws off my brushes!

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

"Christmas Tree" Stage Two

Mainly working on the background, wet into wet. Also worked on the orange light bulb, a little Santa’s face, and a bit on the tree.

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.