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Memories of a White House PaintingA Painting Inspired by a Poem.

This painting was created for the painting classes. I wrote a poem about this old couple living in the middle of the city, surrounded by buildings. My office was in one of these buildings were I could see from my window the old couple. Spring of 1999. Raleigh NC.

Instructions:

  1. Start by drawing the house and landscape with a pencil.
  2. Paint the under-paint with a mixture of Titanium White and Cerulean Blue. More blue in the sky, white in the house and both in the landscape. The best media to do your under-paint is acrylics because they dry faster. The under paint is very important because you are defining your drawing with colors and defining light and shade in your final painting.
  3. Paint the sky and clouds first. House next and landscape last.
  4. Enjoy finishing your painting. You can use acrylics or oils.
  5. Sign your work of art.

Supply:
This painting can be done in 2 medias, Oil Paintings or Acrylics.

Acrylics:
There are many brands of acrylic paintings that I have tested but the one that I like the most is SOHO, Urban Artistic Acrylic: Excellent paintings, sold at more reasonable price by Jerry’s Arterama. 3060 Wake Forest Road, Raleigh, NC 27609. (919) 876-6610

Oil Paintings:
You can buy them at Michael’s, ACMoore, but again the most affordable ones are at Jerry’s Arterama and their brand is LUKAS.

Canvas: 9″x12″

Colors:

  1. Titanium White
  2. Ivory Black
  3. Cadmium Yellow Medium
  4. Cadmium Red Medium
  5. Alizarin Crimson
  6. Deep Magenta
  7. Sap Green
  8. Cerulean Blue
  9. Ultramarine Blue
  • Brushes: multi-purpose, polyvalent. There is a 10pc “Artist’s Loft” that provides most of the brushes for the beginning or the Pro Stroke-Power Creative Mark of Jerry’s Arterama.
  • For Oil paintings, the best media is Refined Linseed Oil with Refined Turpentine. To clean the brushes Turpernoi. Glass container to mix media.
  • Easel (a simple table metal easel is fine).
  • Paper towel.
  • Plastic plate to mix colors or a Paper Palette. SOHO has a very reasonable paper palette at Jerry’s Arterama.

Poem:

“Memories of a White House”

White was the house
green were the trees
memories of a long life left behind
the noise of activity, every day rush was gone…
long ago.

The only thing left was the old couple
in the silence of age,
embraced on a clear spring morning
by the friendly music of their birds
and the bright colors of fresh flowers.

© Poem by Clina Polloni

You can learn and enjoy to do this painting in the painting classes:
http://www.clinapolloni.com/painting_classes.html
Call Clina: 919-841-3132
Email: clinapolloni@gmail.com

Visit Clina Polloni Art Studio and Gallery
13 Garner Road, Franklinton NC 27527
Take a drive to the beautiful country of North Carolina. Only half an hour from downtown Raleigh.

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