Gates, Door and the Floor

The gate, door and shutters are painted with Cobalt Blue that has the tiniest touch of Pthalo Blue added. This brightens and intensifies the Cobalt, making it come in front of the Church dome.

The same Cobalt + Pthalo Blue mix is used for the gate in the left foreground. The floor is a challenge, especially the white steps. First the entire surface of the floor is painted, establishing the light and shadow pattern. Moving to the steps the upright side is made darker. The step farthest away is bluer, the closest one is warmer.

The top, flat plane of the step catches the light from the sky above, therefore it is lighter than the side, which receives less illumination. The top of the distant step is highlighted by the sun, while the one in the foreground is in shadow.

The floor is stone with wide, whitewashed grout lines. I drag the joints that are in perspective into the wet paint of the floor. Then the connecting lines are made.

Whew! The floor is done. OK, let’s do some gardening. Santorini is located at the top of rocky cliffs overlooking the Aagean Sea. So most of the plants you see are in containers. And you see LOTS of Geraniums. So the pots lining the stairs are filled with these showy flowers, some of my favorites. Have a great day and hope to see you tomorrow. Hugs, Mikki Senkarik

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