Saturday, July 29, 2017

Jaguar steps to painting in oils by Sandra Cutrer Fine Art

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I start with my sketch, and focus first- always- on the darkest areas. I like to refer to these as "the darks and the darkest darks. .Where are they? How dark? Lets' make a mix! I use  Alizarin crimson red and equal parts Ultra marine blue to make my "black".You will rarely ever use black from the tube! It is too dark, and there are not any true backs in nature. Black is not considered an actual color on the color wheel. BTW, neither is white!

Here you can see that I've used a wash of the color mix. Meaning, I thin the dark mixture with some odorless turps. You might think of it as a purple, and not a black. If it is too 'purple', add some more of the ultramarine blue to your mix. NO BLACK  :)

Here you can see that I've worked on those dark ares, and started a mix for his golden fur. Try to enjoy mixing up a batch of the colors from the artist color wheel. See what  looks good, and take notes on how much of each color you added. You'll be able to mix faster as you continue to paint.

Here is a close-up shot of his head. As you can see,I am layering the paint. Take your time, allow your paint to dry some before you try adding another layer. The best way for me to be patient with that is to have 2 or 3 paintings going on at the same time. I'll confess, I've had 5- 6 going on at once- rarely, but I have done it. WHAT FUN!!!

As you can see, I've started adding in detail to the stone/ cave area. 

Here he is- finished! I am very satisfied with the completed painting. I've titled him. Please go to my Etsy shop to view this painting listed for sale! Just click on the link below:

 I hope that you've enjoyed my steps to painting a gorgeous Jaguar. I think they are such elegant cats! I hope you'll return soon to read my other blogs!

Sandra Cutrer Fine Art

Friday, July 21, 2017

The Pink Tango Roseate birds in oils on canvas by Sandra Cutrer Fine Art

I've started my sketch, and a little glaze of thinned oil paint.This will be a dancing pair of Roseate birds. They have a gorgeous peachy-pink color when they have been feeding well on seafood that is loaded with iodine!

A thin wash of the darkest "shadow" colors, or undercoat, is a good beginning to creating these beautiful birds in oils on canvas.

It seems to be flowing nicely...

The finished piece. I love it!  A buyer in Florida thought so as well! I do offer this one as a Giclee (print on canvas).  

This photo seems to be a little blurry, but I wanted to show you how this painting looks framed, and hanging as the focal point of this beautiful room!

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Fine Art


Friday, July 14, 2017

Ain't He Purty... Macaw portrait in oils by Sandra Cutrer Fine Art

The sketch is done on a 9" x 12" canvas panel. I have applied a mixture of Alizarin crimson red, and French Ultramarine blue. It makes a "black"- not a dull lifeless BLACK, but a natural "black" for the darkest areas and under layers needed to build upon.

He is nearly completed. I a apologize for not showing more of my steps while painting. Paintings have a mind of their own a lot of the time.Once the first strokes are added, I can't seem to stop for taking photos! I'll try to do better next time!

Finished- unframed

Finished- a look at it in a nice frame!

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MaLee is interested in our local birds. I can sometimes tell  she wishes she could catch one, or two. She will look at me- like this photo captured- seemingly to say,"Aint he purty?"

Blessings to all,
Sandra Cutrer
Fine Art

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Painting a leopard in oils on a wood panel by Sandra Cutrer Fine Art

I have a good likeness of my leopard portrait, and have used a mixture of French Ultramarine blue and Alazarin Crimson red, thinning it by adding a little of my odorless turp. I am using a photo reference,which isn't from my own (huge) collection.I have written permission to use this wonderful photo- any way I'd like- by the  original photographer. Always ask if you plan on using  other's work. Obtaining written permission is highly recommend!

I've added a blend of earth tones, which are a perfect match for the leopard, whose coloring is made especially to camouflage it in the jungle brush- in order to catch its meal, and keep it safe from predators as well.

I've added a lighter layer on top of the earth undertones. Isn't this a gorgeous animal, created by our wonderful, amazing creator? I think so when I paint each one., knowing I could never get it in paint like HE has by just speaking!

I've completed this glorious creature. His eyes speak to my soul, wanting peace, and the sweet freedom to live his life the way God intended.

I hope you are enjoying my post. Please take time to visit my Etsy Shop. I love taking custom orders, and can paint just about anything that you or I can come up with!

May you be blessed, with the freedom of worshiping a loving God, in the wonderful freedom-loving country of America. God has surely blessed us all!

Sandra Cutrer
Fine Art
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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

The Power of the Cross angels palette knife original art in oils by Sandra Cutrer Fine Art

 I had an idea using more angels, but I thought I should add the very purpose of angels-the one who made us all, our Lord God, who became flesh and dwelt among us, died on a cross, so we might all be saved from our sins! The sketch is ready!

I lay in my darkest "darks", and get a good thinly-painted (wash) outline in before I start adding texture from my palette knife, and the fully loaded thin brushes I'll use for smaller details I'd like to make.

Here is my finished work. I've used a lot of Renaissance Gold oil paint on the cross, to make it pop with color! I love it! Very textured! I love the read heart in the center of the cross, which means His great love, like no other, who died for us- shed His blood, so He could one day bring us back to Him in heaven!

I hope you'll visit my Etsy Shop to see this piece, as well as others I have listed for sale.

Blessings to all, and stay cool in this HOT weather,

Sandra Cutrer
Fine Art
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Monday, July 10, 2017

Peaches and Hidden Cookies original oil painting palette knife by Sandra Cutrer Fine Art

I have my sketch all ready to add paint on this 12" x 12" x 1.5" deep, stretched canvas. I think this one will be done with a palette knife- all of it!

Here I have added some of the peaches with loads of paint and pretty reds and yellows. Aren't the peaches looking juicy and sweet? YUM!

Oh, about the title of the blog... peaches and hidden cookies. I think there are some delicious sugar cookies in that Cobalt colored Ginger Jar... they go great with fresh peaches! 

The finished painting! I'm happy with it. Vibrant colors like this make me feel great!

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A few close-up shots of the strokes and thick paint for the palette knife.

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Blessings and happy eating!

Sandra Cutrer
Fine Art
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Thursday, July 6, 2017

Paris in the Rain original oil painting by Sandra Cutrer Fine Art

Sharing one of my many memories from my trip to Paris, France. I loved the hustle of the city, and especially the quick little rain showers that happened almost daily, many in the late evenings. I can recall looking out of our hotel balcony, during these quick pour-downs, watching the ladies running [home] with thier fresh baked baguettes, with a delicious scone or two. Or, maybe bags loaded up with fresh vegetables for a nice green salad.

This is painted on a 5" x 7" artist panel, added texture to the quality oil paints, ready for you to frame and hang in your favorite room or office nook. Great for small apartment spaces, or the start (or an addition) of a collage wall of original oil paintings.

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and Bon app├ętit!

Sandra Cutrer
Fine Art

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Lookout Ladies! Painting a male peacock original in oils by Sandra Cutrer Fine Art

The artist doing her thing!

A close-up shot of what I've added so far.

Coming along on this. I think I will add something to make it "pop", but not sure yet what that will be!

I decided to add some gold-leaf sheets- meticulously adding tiny pieces, with special adhesive just for gold leafing, to the top of the tail area, and his lovely crown. It is completed, and no sooner did I post this one, it SOLD!
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MaLee and I send you all our best!
Sandra Cutrer
Fine Art

Monday, July 3, 2017

Green Apples, I would say Three Green Apples, but someone was hungry! Oils on canvas Sandra Cutrer Fine Art

Two and a Tenth Green Apples, palette knife art, added texture, original oil painting on 11" x 14" canvas. All sides painted, no frame needed.

A close-up shot of the eaten apple... 
Note the thick texture of the oils. Expressive style original art on canvas.

Another one of my original oil paintings of green apple with added texture.  8" x 8" on wrapped canvas

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Thank you,
Sandra Cutrer
Fine Art

New beginnings! Impressionism in oils by Sandra Reeves Cutrer

I haven't been blogging for a good while. I've experienced a complete upheaval in my life, going from being with- who I thought w...