Adobe, Trumpet Vine and Tile

We love living in the country but you do have to make some compromises. We’ve been spoiled in our previous homes with High Speed Broadband Internet which we don’t have here. We do have a wireless setup but it doesn’t always work very well. Yesterday was one of those days. We just could not get online, so no Blog! We are back in business today so let’s get started. I’ve mixed my adobe colors above. The base is Cadmium Orange + Pthalo Blue + White. The darkest glob on the left has some MUD (Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson) added.

The adobe wall is lighter and warmer at the top where it is warmed by the sunlight above. Going down I make it cooler (Bluer) to drop behind the Hollyhocks and Sunflowers. When the wall is finished I block in the orange red blossoms of the Trumpet Vine. The greens of the foliage are painted next. The finishing touch is drawing the tendrils with a Fine Liner brush.

WOW! Do those Red doors ever make a difference or what? They really cause the soft gray-greens of the landscape to drop back. Now for the tile floor. I begin by painting the shadow areas, cooler toward the back, warmer in the front.

The sunlit portions of the floor are now painted. I drag the edges between the dark and light areas to soften the transition.

The final step on the floor is to draw the lines dividing the individual tiles. I pull out my Fine Liner brush again for this task, free handing the lines into the wet paint of the floor. We’ll start planting Hollyhocks and Sunflowers next. Get your garden gloves and come help! Hugs, Mikki Senkarik


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