Texas does! Many people don’t realize our beautiful Hill Country has LOTS of vineyards. Texas is gaining a reputation for growing high-quality grapes and producing world-class, award-winning wines. With a perfect combination of sun and soil, the central Texas appellation is reminiscent of the wine growing regions of central Italy and the Rhone Valley in France. Picturesque vineyards, charming tasting rooms and barrel cellars filled with aging, premium wines showcase our Texas Hill Country terroir. According to Orbitz Travel we are second only to the Napa Valley as the most visited wine region in the United States. So……let’s paint a Hill Country Vineyard. My initial plan is drawn up on the canvas and we’re ready to begin. Please remember as you go through my blog, you may enlarge the pictures by clicking on the image.
We’ll make this a bright, warm spring day. The basic blue is painted first with a combination of Cobalt Blue + White. The lowest part of the blue sky is made with a mix of Pthalo Blue + White. Then the billowy clouds are added. They are made of various mixes of MUD (Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson) + White and MUD + a bit of Alizarin Crimson + a touch of Cadmium Orange + more White.
The most distant hills are painted bluer, or cooler, so they will recede. “Painting Forward” the hills become increasing warmer with more greens and tans added. This follows a simple rule that helps to give the impression of depth in a painting: Cool Colors Go Back, Warm Colors Come Forward. The same concept is applied to the vineyard. Notice how the farthest part of the rows are made bluer. Toward the front of the vineyard they are painted with brighter spring greens which are warmer, making them appear closer.
What would spring in Texas be without Bluebonnets? The basic color is blocked in first.
Next the little white caps are added. Presto……..Bluebonnets! That’s all for today, hope you’ll come back tomorrow. If you would like to receive an email every time I publish a new post please feel free to subscribe to my blog. CLICK THIS LINK and scroll to the upper right side of the page. You will see a heading EMAIL SUBSCRIPTIONS. Just enter your email address and click the button “Sign me up!” It’s easy. And if you enjoy my blog please CLICK the FaceBook LIKE Button. As we say in Texas, “Much Obliged!