See my new “Flowering Love” Book

•May 27, 2010 • 1 Comment

Announcing the final addition of our "Flowering Love," Book. Flower Paintings by Anni Adkins, Poetry by Joe Hoover. Flowering Love

Mission St. Francis Painting Finished

•July 11, 2009 • Leave a Comment
Oil Painting by Anni Adkins 2009

Oil Painting by Anni Adkins 2009

This is the final painting. I am quite pleased with the outcome. I wanted the painting to be about the pattern of the shadows on the wall and not about the building though wonderful. Enjoy!

Tightening up the Painting

•March 6, 2009 • Leave a Comment
Close up Photo from January 4, 2009

Close up Photo from January 4, 2009

I added silver leaf to the windows to give them a little kick and then repainted with the blue. Quite difficult to do and get the same transparency.

I purchased a couple of lights at Lowes that you can see in the corners of the photo. The color spectrum was very cold compared to the warm flood that I was using. I combined the two together and the effect was stunning.

I again went over the whole painting again to give the color greater depth and working on the light.

Photo Taken January 4, 2009

Photo Taken January 4, 2009

Finishing up the Highlights

•March 6, 2009 • Leave a Comment

I have filled in all of the highlights here. The next challenge is to have variation of color in the light and shadow areas to reflect the light flowing across the wall. This is the most difficult to do and the thing that makes the painting the most interesting. I will most likely have to go over the painting several times to get the exact effect that I want. I am pretty happy with the the color palette of the painting so far. This is the first painting that I have done reflecting Santa Fe colors since I moved here. The dusty purples, blues and pinks seem to give the landscape a mystical element.

Picture taken Novemeber 11 2008

Picture taken Novemeber 11 2008

Starting on the Highlights

•March 6, 2009 • Leave a Comment

I have gotten pretty far behind on posting the progress of this painting. It seems to be hard to keep up with the uploading the pictures from my camera to the site. I will try to include the dates and times worked in the future.

This picture was taken on November 1, 2008. Here I am working on filling in the highlights. I am adding warm tones of Cadmium yellow to magenta and white. I am using a very limited palette on this painting which includes: Prussian blue, magenta,  (These comprise the purples) Cadmium yellow medium and Zink yellow. White and carmine red create the pinks. The magenta and Zink yellow make the most wonderful oranges. That is all the colors that I use. The complementary colors are used to tone down the intensity.

Adding the Highlights

Adding the Highlights

Filling in the Shadows

•January 9, 2009 • Leave a Comment

Pretty much have the shadow filled in on these shots. I don’t worry too much about the detail or the color at this stage since it is mostly under painting. I will paint over these areas several time before the painting is finished.

Looking pretty strippy at this point.

Looking pretty stripey at this point.

Here I have added a pink wash just to cover the white. All artist hate the white as it attracts the eye so strongly that it is impossiable to judge anything. Some artist put a nutural color wash over the whole canvas before they sketch on the image.

First time the canvas is totally covered.

First time the canvas is totally covered.

Blocking in the Shadows & Light

•January 9, 2009 • Leave a Comment

These pics are simply the beginning of blocking in the shadow areas and the light areas. I just get a general since of the color at this point, mostly trying for the cool of the shadow areas and the warm color of the light area.  One of the most useful rules that I learned was: Warm Light –  Cool Shadows / Cool Light – Warm Shadows.

Mission Assissi - Color 1

Mission Assissi - Color 1

Mission Assisi - Color 2 - Detail

Mission Assisi - Color 2 - Detail