Blue, more specifically Cobalt Blue, is a predominant color in Greece, especially on the islands. The dome of the Church is this rich color so to get started I’ve mixed several values of Cobalt Blue + White and spread them out on my palette.
The dome is painted with a #20 Bright brush. Remember, if you would like to see any of these images larger just click on the picture.
Artists work on a two-dimensional surface, the canvas, attempting to make it appear three-dimensional. There are simple rules in painting that help to give a piece dimension. Here is one of them: Muted Colors go back, Bright Colors come forward. With all of the muted colors in the distance it’s amazing how introducing the brighter color of the dome into the painting immediately gives the feeling of depth. The walls of the Church are painted with various blues made of Ultramarine Blue + MUD (Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson) + a little touch of Cadmium Orange + White.
After the walls are complete I go back and paint the lattice covered windows. I brace against the mahl stick to steady my hand as I delineate the fine detail. To learn more about a mahl stick CLICK HERE.
The foreground wall is a mixture of MUD + a touch of Cadmium Orange + White. This makes a gray that is warmer than the blues of the Church behind it. The warmth causes the wall come forward. Just another one of those artist’s rules to help give the impression of depth in a painting. Warm Colors come forward, Cool Colors go back. Moving to the gate I use the darkest Cobalt Blue mixture you saw on my palette in the very first photo. I use the mahl stick again to keep my hand steady as I paint the highlights on the boards. I’m a little nervous about tomorrow’s session, we are going to work on the floor! Have a great evening, Hugs, Mikki Senkarik