Tuesday, January 15, 2013

MURAL PAINTING - Montreal by Richard Ancheta

Fresh and New Decoration

Entertain you clients with breathtaking murals, the painter is bringing you a total package to decorate your walls... murals, trompe l'oeil, faux finish, animal paintings, portraits and graphic design. 

Best for a wide range of mural painting ideas - tuscan, renaissance, beautiful sceneries of gardens, seascape and landscapes. For children's room  are colorful animals, wildlife and marine or sports favorite like hockey and snowboarding.

Monday, March 28, 2011


Mural artist, skilled with extensive experience in mural painting, ceiling decoration, oil portrait and airbrush.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

How to Draw Cat

Easy Oil Painting Techniques
Painting Demonstration by Richard Ancheta

siamese cat 1
This is the photo of a Siamese Cat name Siegfried. Good reference photographs are important to capture the likeness of the model. Let’s begin the challenge!

Cat Painting Stage 1

1. Sketching

Sketching is the backbone of the painting. If you fail to be precise in this stage, you will have to make too many adjustments later.

I use an ordinary HB pencil to outline the drawing and add tones. After the sketch is completed, I lightly spray it with fixative to protect the pencil from smudging.

Cat Painting Stage 2

2. The Ground Color

Glaze the whole canvas with the subjects middle tone (pale yellow ochre acrylic), it dries quickly, protects the drawing from smudging and eliminates the brightness of the canvas.

Cat Painting Stage 3

3. Blocking and Blacks

Oil paints begins, I start painting the darks mixing burnt umber + vermillion + cobalt blue. With this three color combination, it created a softer blacks rather that using solid ivory blacks that creates unevenness and holes on the canvas but it gives depth when it was used in the pupils of eyes. Blocking determines the weight composition of the lowest value.

Cat Painting Stage 4

4. Painting the Background

Color contrast is important. I want to make certain that at the end of the painting, my colors will have a sense of harmony and my main subject will stand out.
I choose both warm and cool colors for the background and repeated some of the colors from the pillow.

Cat Painting Stage 5

5. Color Balance

Hot colors: red, orange and yellow.

Cool colors: blue and green

Cat Painting Stage 6

6. Color Blending

I start to lend the background using a fan brush for softer and more subtle effects and to eliminate brush strokes.

Cat Painting Stage 7

7. Tone Gradation

Tone gradation is a technique that I use in my paintings because it creates a gradual passing from one tint or shade to another.

Cat Painting Stage 8

8. Painting Upside Down

Why paint upside down? This technique will stop you from concentrating on the image as a whole and enable you to focus more on the tones and brush strokes.

Cat Painting Stage 9

9. Detailing

Learning how to properly use your brushes is important. I use a big broad brush in the beginning to cover large areas of the canvas. I then switch to my medium sized brushes, then to my fine detailing brushes. I continue the glazing of colors to give more depth to the painting


Cat Painting Stage 10

10. Final Stage

Here I add finishing touches redefining my shadows and highlights. I then let the painting dry and apply varnish to create luminosity.