The darkness of the Bougainvillea and stone archway frame the sunlit vista beyond. Several combinations of Permanent Rose, Magenta and White are used to mix the colors for the Bougainvillea. The stone walls are adobe mixtures left over from my previous painting, Blazing Chroma. The flower-pot is blocked in with MUD + Cadmium Orange + Cadmium Red Light. White is added to the mixture for the highlight.
This stage of the painting is so exciting. Adding the red door totally changes the feel and just POPS against the azure Mediterranean in the background. After the stone walls are completed I begin to block in the string of garlic. Lavenders (MUD + White) and Blues (Ultramarine Blue + White) are used for the basic shapes of the bulbs. If you would like to see any of these pictures larger just click on the image.
Now I come back in with White + a tiny touch of Cadmium Orange to add the highlights on the garlic, delineating the shapes of the cloves.
The detail of the basal plate or root end of the bulbs is drawn into the wet paint with a mixture of Alizarin Crimson + a liberal amount of Liquin. I brace against a mahl stick to steady my hand. To find out where to get the mahl stick we use just CLICK HERE.
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