Monday, April 9, 2012

Santa Barbara-a new commission

Botanical Gardens, Santa Barbara
11" x 14" x 1.5"
Oil with a palette knife on cradled board

This beautiful scene was sent to me as a commission piece. I tried something a little different for me this time before I started in on it. I painted an underpainting wash in acrylic with an orangy-red color. I was hoping that it would help unify the painting and also keep it from feeling too chilly. Although I think I covered up most of it, you can see little hints of the orange peeking through in these chunky delicious close ups...
When I emailed my commissioner a photo of the finished painting, he wrote "Ann...I...LOVE...IT!! You nailed it!  I dig the texture and colors. Takes me right back there. Thank you, thank you, thank you."

Now-isn't that just the greatest compliment ever?


Autumn Leaves said...

How gorgeous! I am not sure I've seen you do a landscape before, Ann! Truly beautiful palette knife work!

Kim Vanlandingham said...

Ann, gorgeous!!! Wow! I like to underpaint in orange too for my landscapes. I have to say, this may be one of the best ones I've seen from you. Love it!!!

Nancy Goldman said...

I love this Ann. I can see why the client like it.

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