Distant Adobe

To make adobe colors for the distant buildings I use various proportions of Ultramarine Blue + Cadmium Orange + White. More Blue is used than the Orange which makes the mixes cooler. MUD (Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson) is added for the darker values. Ultramarine Blue + White is also mixed in two shades, one darker than the other.

The sky is kept simple and the Bougainvillea is blocked in with Magenta. Then the building is painted. Some of the blue is added toward the far edge of the wall with the door, this makes it recede.

While the paint is still wet the lantern is drawn. It’s much easier to do at this stage than if I waited until the paint on the wall was tacky or dry. Bracing my hand on the mahl stick the thin lines of the lantern are pulled with no resistance. I know this sounds ridiculous but holding the long-handled brush near the end gives more control than if it were held close to the ferrule.

I realized the architecture of the building didn’t work. You couldn’t go through the door and get to the room with the window. It just didn’t look logical. So I painted over the sky with adobe, extending the building above the entry. Now it makes sense. Going back to the Bougainvillea the leaves and details are added. Notice the underside of the vigas, or beams, protruding from the building. The blue along the bottom edge helps to give them the appearance of being round.

A basic rule is followed to paint the “steps” of the adobe wall. Upright planes are darker than flat planes. This is because the sunlight from above hits the flat plane directly, making it lighter. Less light hits the upright plane, therefore it is darker. I will use the same technique to paint the steps going up to the distant door. If you have found my blog helpful please click the LIKE button at the top of the page on the right. And do feel free to share this with your friends. Thank you and have a wonderful day, hope to see you again soon. Hugs, Mikki Senkarik

Website:  www.Senkarik.com

3 Responses to “Distant Adobe”

  1. Donna Pierce-Clark (@PierceClarkArt) Says:

    I so enjoy watching you paint!!
    ALL of your paintings are delightful!!

  2. mjspringett Says:

    Good morning Mikki, great painting lessons, as usual :), thanks MJ

  3. Sara Rainwater Says:

    I am a self taught decorative painter who would love to be as amazing as you!

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