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The little mandolin turned out to be an interesting challenge as it has many components to deal with each having unique surfaces or shapes. I hung a blue snuggy for the background material during the still life setting which added some nice folds and wrinkles and make the painting more interesting. The palette requirements were a tidbit of this and that, but the mainly was : white, black, raw umber, raw sienna, burnt sienna, burnt umber, red, cerulean blue, phthalo blue, naples yellow, and acro gold. To get the light amber for body I used washes several times using more or less glaze for the lighter and darker areas.
Today, I did the still setting of my grandson's guitar and will start painting it tomorrow. I like to paint things that are meaningful to me. This painting reminds me of my younger days when I played the guitar and mandolin.
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Let us pray before we paint,