Ancient Buildings

I love the old buildings in Venice. Rock, brick and stone give such a variety of textures to paint. I use a basic adobe mix of Cadmium Orange + a little Pthalo Blue + White for the most distant building. MUD (Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson) is added for the shadows. The sunlit building looks very warm right now. I’m sure you are thinking, “What happened to Warm Colors Come Forward, Cool Colors go Back?”

Well, I just have to make the buildings successively warmer as they come closer to the front. The next one we work on is a muted Sienna made of Cadmium Orange + Cadmium Red Light + MUD + White. I steady my hand against a mahl stick hooked over the top of my canvas to paint the details.

The doors and windows of the building on the right are made of Pthalo Blue + Cadmium Orange. This makes a nice rich Blue-Green that goes well with the Sienna colored walls. The railing of the balcony is drawn directly over the wet paint of the door and wall.

To make the wall of the building on the right appear to project forward a mix of Ultramarine Blue + White is dragged over the distant portion that was previously painted with the Sienna color. This makes the back part of the wall cooler and the front part warmer.

Now let’s plant Petunias in the flower boxes lining the railing and window sills. Mixes of Dioxazine Purple + White and Dioxazine Purple + Ultramarine Blue + White are used. This adds interest in the dark area of the painting that doesn’t  jump out at the viewer. Thanks for visiting our studio today, hope to see you again soon. Hugs, Mikki Senkarik

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