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Lucky Red # 3

Lucky Red # 3

I posted some photos of some sunflower paintings that I created the past few months.  My intention was to create 12 paintings for a calendar.  So I decided to revive my old Cafe Press account (http://www.cafepress.com/kitmiracle).  It was so frustrating.  Nothing seems to be intuitive or logical with Cafe Press. (And I have managed blogs and websites for over 20 years now so I’m not exactly a rookie.) They have so many pages and subpages, often with different instructions.  For practice, I decided to upload my Lucky Red #3 dragon design and create a few products with that image.  More frustration.  Anyway, the page is updated…sort of.  And I’ve got several of the dragon design items for sale.  Unfortunately, Cafe Press offers 250 different items.  Sheesh!  If you don’t see the item you want with the dragon design, just let me know and I’ll create it and get it up there.

Meanwhile, back to the sunflowers….

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Lucky Red 3

 

Lucky Red 3 - final, oil on canvas, 18 x 24, Kit Miracle

Lucky Red 3 – final, oil on canvas, 18 x 24, Kit Miracle

This is the third in the Lucky Red series.  Another jade dragon but not the same one that I posted last time.  For some reason, this one took a lot longer.  Not quite sure why. There is a fine line between painting every detail of the jade or emphasizing the shape of the dragon.  I was having a little more trouble with conveying the sinuousness of the dragon than previously.  There also weren’t as many distracting details but total focus on the dragon shape.  Check out the link for the step-by-step links.  https://my90acres.com/artwork/lucky-red-3-step-by-step/

Lucky Red 2

Lucky Red 2 - final.  18 x 24, oil on canvas, Kit Miracle

Lucky Red 2 – final. 18 x 24, oil on canvas, Kit Miracle

In keeping with the red and good luck symbols, I created this still life after the first one.  There are a couple of common elements to Lucky Red the first, such as, the bamboo plant and the small fish glass paperweight.

Here you see a large jade dragon signifying the year of the Dragon and a jade/silver/gold bracelet with the I-Ch’ing symbolizing Ta Yu or number 14.  Unfortunately the bracelet wasn’t so lucky as it was damaged in a bike wreck.  Humph!  I also have a sleeping cat from Provence suggesting my name – and the cat sleeps with one eye open.  The gold cup is from my mother and the tea is Yogi brand (Detox).  I always like to incorporate a sense of humor or irony in my work if I can do it very subtly.  The seashell doesn’t represent anything in particular; I just like it.  And the red cloths for the background – one a kind of orangey-red batik and the other a medium dark red.

Lucky Red 2 - initial still life set up.  Notice the peach gel to diffuse the light.

Lucky Red 2 – initial still life set up. Notice the peach gel to diffuse the light.

Lucky Red 2, initial drawing on the canvas

Lucky Red 2, initial drawing on the canvas

Lucky Red 2 - first washes

Lucky Red 2 – first washes

Lucky Red 2 - more blocking in major colors

Lucky Red 2 – more blocking in major colors

Lucky Red 2 - adding more colors

Lucky Red 2 – adding more colors

Lucky Red 2 - step 6, adding more details, color corrections

Lucky Red 2 – step 6, adding more details, color corrections

Lucky Red 2 - adding more details.  This is the 85% mark when all that is left is to tweak the details.

Lucky Red 2 – adding more details. This is the 85% mark when all that is left is to tweak the details.

A view of the painting with the still life set up behind it.

A view of the painting with the still life set up behind it.

Lucky Red 2 - cup detail.  Notice how abstractly this gold cup is painted.

Lucky Red 2 – cup detail. Notice how abstractly this gold cup is painted.

Lucky Red 2 - detail of shell.  Notice how loose the brush strokes are.  It is a real accomplishment to get the effect with just one pass.

Lucky Red 2 – detail of shell. Notice how loose the brush strokes are. It is a real accomplishment to get the effect with just one pass.

Lucky Red 2 - detail, sleeping cat

Lucky Red 2 – detail, sleeping cat

Lucky Red 2 - final.  18 x 24, oil on canvas, Kit Miracle

Lucky Red 2 – final. 18 x 24, oil on canvas, Kit Miracle

Lucky Red

I don’t know quite why I started this painting but it’s something that has been rolling around in my head for awhile.  Sometimes I’ll think about a work for years before I get around to painting it.

Lucky Red is a challenge of red on red on red.  Shiny and soft.  Clear objects, reflective, see-through.  Some of the symbols are pretty obvious.  The lucky Buddha, three Chinese coins, a WINNING lottery ticket.  Some are less obvious.  The lucky bamboo plant.  Two of the glass paperweights have fish swimming in them.  Fish are a lucky Chinese symbol.  And swirling throughout the still life is a lucky blue ribbon that I won at a holiday party.  (Thank you, Joan!) Topping the set up off is another glass paperweight called Mediterranean which celebrated the completion of a bike ride through France several years ago.

We all have lucky symbols in our lives.  What are yours?

Lucky Red - the initial still life set up

Lucky Red – the initial still life set up

First step, drawing on the canvas

First step, drawing on the canvas

Second stage, blocking in major shapes

Second stage, blocking in major shapes

Third step, laying in base colors of the objects

Third step, laying in base colors of the objects

Fourth stage.  Almost finished.

Fourth stage. Almost finished.

What my palette looks like with a variety of reds.  Using black to tone some of them down.

What my palette looks like with a variety of reds. Using black to tone some of them down.

The painting compared with the still life.  Notice the gel I have taped over the light.

The painting compared with the still life. Notice the gel I have taped over the light.

Lucky Red, final.  Oil on canvas, 18 x 24, Kit Miracle

Lucky Red, final. Oil on canvas, 18 x 24, Kit Miracle