Wednesday, August 23, 2006

"Scarecrow In Sir John A's Garden" - 11"x14" Oil /Panel

This plein air piece was painted in the vegetable garden of Bellevue House. Bellevue House is the former home of The Dominion of Canada's first Prime Minister, Sir John A. MacDonald (1815-1891). The home and grounds are a National Heritage Site, and open to the general public.

The palette for this painting was, again, a limited one using oil colours, Ultramarine Blue, Alizarin, Cadmium Yellow (mid) and Titanium White. During the course of the painting, touches of Cerulean Blue and Veridian were added sparingly to the mixture of other colours.
The panel was coated with a number five value gray previous to being painted on.
This piece was painted, for the most part, with a number eight sized brush. Smaller details were added during the finishing process with a number two brush or a "rigger".

Painting at Bellevue House was made pleasurable by the interested and accommodating grounds staff and the many conversations with the visiting tourists.

'til next time..

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