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Most of the streets, walkways and floors in Santorini are made of large stones with wide, white joints of grout between them. I have to admit I’ve been looking at the floor on this painting with fear and trepidation. Well, maybe not quite that bad but this is a new challenge for me. I first paint the entire dark surface of the foreground floor and steps. It is made cooler, or bluer, toward the back and warmer near the front. Next I begin to draw in the white grout, first making some of the joints in perspective. This helps the floor to “Lay down”. Also the grout lines at the back are made with some of the blue left over from the walls of the church. The warm shadow color from the foreground wall is used for the joints closer to the front, always keeping in mind Cool Colors go back, Warm Colors come forward.
In my concentration to paint the soft sun streaming through the gate I forgot to take a picture! OOPS! But what I did was drag the warm, sunlit rock color down over the dark floor, grout lines and all, to outline the shadow of the gate. Now I’m going back in and putting the grout lines back in. The ones in the sunlight are highlighted. I use a cool mix of White + a touch of Ultramarine Blue for the lines in the back, directly under the gate. Moving forward a warm mix of White + a little bit of MUD (Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson) is used to highlight the grout.
WHEW! That was a challange to make the lights and darks on the grout lines without it ending up looking like polka dots! The floor is finished and I’m pleased with the result. I do hope you will come back tomorrow and bring your gardening tools. We are going to be doing some planting. Hugs, Mikki Senkarik
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