Take a Seat

Now for the icing on the cake, the sidewalk cafe. The tables and chairs are a periwinkle blue. To make it I use a mix of Ultramarine Blue + Dioxazine Purple. MUD (Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson) is added for the darker shade, White for the lighter ones. This combination makes a variety of purples and blues depending on how much of each is used. For this particular piece I make the basic mixture more blue.

The background chairs are painted with the bluest of the mixtures. Even here the Cool Colors Recede, Warm Colors Come Forward Rule applies. The variation between the far chairs and the foreground ones is very slight, but it still works to give depth. The saved floor colors are used to work in and around the chairs. By saving the paint I don’t have to worry about trying to mix an exact match.

The peach tablecloth provides a Zap of color. This is a combination of Cadmium Red Light + White. A little Alizarin Crimson is added for the shadows.

The foreground chairs are darker and have a touch more of the Dioxazine Purple in the mix. I’m so glad I spent the time at the beginning making an accurate drawing of the tables and chairs on the canvas. It certainly makes this stage much easier. I can just hang on to the brush and let it fly.

Tomorrow we should finish up! Come join in the fun. Hugs, Mikki Senkarik

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