The White House

Let’s get to work. The entire area of sky is painted first with Ultramarine Blue + White toward the top and a lighter mix of Pthalo Blue + White toward the bottom. The clouds, made of White + Cadmium Orange + Ultramarine Blue, are lightly dragged over the blue which softens the edges. Then the distant tree is painted over the sky with cool greens, keeping the edges soft to make it drop back into the distance. Soft edges recede, Hard edges come forward. This is one of those simple rules that helps artists to give the appearance of depth in a painting.

After painting the foreground tree with brighter, darker greens to make it come forward I start to work on the house. I let the shadow from the tree fall on the right side of the roof. This darkens the light gray roof so it is more visible against the sky.

Gardenia bushes, favorites of Matt’s mom, line the yard behind the tree on the right. A vine is growing over the carport, I’ve added some flowers for interest. Next I move to the Orange tree at the left of the house. Matt and his mom have fond memories of eating the sweet, juicy fruit.

The shadows of the white house are painted with several shades of White + MUD (Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson). Some of the mixes are made bluer, some more purple. The sunlit portion is White + a tiny touch of Cadmium Orange + an even smaller amount of Ultramarine Blue. This makes a warm White to highlight the sunny part of the house. If you would like to see any of these pictures larger just click on the image. Thank you for visiting our studio today. Hugs, Mikki Senkarik

Website: www.senkarik.com

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