Warm and Cool

SA0213 Embracing Serenity Step 6

Dioxazine Purple is perfect for the Wisteria draping over the walls of the courtyard. It’s one of those special colors I use from time to time that’s not normally found on our regular Double Primary Palette. If you would like to know more about our color mixing system CLICK HERE.  

SA0213 Embracing Serenity Step 7

The colors for the terra-cotta tile roof and the adobe walls are shown above. #1. MUD (Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson) + Liquin. #2 – #6. MUD + Cadmium Orange. More MUD is used in the darker mixes, White is added for the lighter ones. #7. Ultramarine Blue + a little Cadmium Orange + White. #8. Pthalo Blue + Cadmium Orange + White. #9. Ultramarine Blue + Cadmium Orange + Cadmium Yellow Medium + White. #10 – #15. Cadmium Orange + Ultramarine Blue. MUD is added for the darker shades, White is used in the lighter ones. #16. Ultramarine Blue + White.

SA0213 Embracing Serenity Step 8

The roof is complete, notice how mixes #8 and #9 are intermingled with the terra-cotta color to give the tiles an old age patina. The adobe wall on the right is made cooler, or bluer, in the far corner to make it recede.

SA0213 Embracing Serenity Step 9

The shadow of the red doors is made of Cadmium Red Deep + Magenta, while the highlight is pure Cadmium Red Light. I’m wearing gloves because the paint thinner sometimes causes the skin on my hands to dry out and split. I don’t particularly care to use them because I don’t have the same sensitivity to the brush touching the canvas. But slathering my hands with lotion and wearing the gloves does help with the splitting.  A girl just has to do what she has to do!

SA0213 Embracing Serenity Step 10

The warmth of the red gate and door immediately cause the cool background to drop into the distance. The simple rule Warm Colors come forward, Cool Colors recede is very effective as you can see here. It will be even more apparent when the floor and flowers in the courtyard are complete. Hope you’ll come back to see! And….. Jack’s newest article has been published on Fine Art Studio Online. To read Rejection just CLICK HERE. Hugs, Mikki Senkarik

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