The Organ Mountains

SB1413 Step 8

My paint for the sky is mixed and we’re ready to begin working. I’ve made two mixtures. The glob above my brush tip is Ultramarine Blue + White, to the right of that is Pthalo Blue + White. If you would like to learn more about our Double Primary Mixing System CLICK HERE.

SB1413 Step 9

The upper part of the sky is painted with the Ultramarine Blue Mix. The Pthalo Blue mixture is used lower down near the peaks of the mountains. After the colors are blocked in I smooth the transition between the two.

SB1413 Step 10

The first step in blocking in the mountains is to paint the jagged, upper edge of the peaks. We’ve taken several pictures of the Organ Mountains over the years so I have good reference to work from. Mixtures in varying combinations of Ultramarine Blue + Cadmium Orange + White are used. MUD (Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson) is added to make the darker shades.

SB1413 Step 11

The lower portion of the distant mountains is a soft gray green. Blues are added into the shadows to make them cool so they will go back. This is a simple rule to help give depth to a painting: Cool Colors go back, Warm Colors come forward. Right now the mountains look pretty warm and bright even though a lot of blue is mixed into the rock color. But when the warm flowers and satillo tile floor of the courtyard are painted in the foreground they will fall back.

SB1413 Step 12

I’ll finish out the landscape later. While the sky is still fresh I want to get the Wisteria blocked in. Painting wet-into-wet helps to keep the edges soft and wispy. I use a special color here, Dioxazine Purple. This is not normally found on our palette but is perfect in some instances, like for the Wisteria cascading over the arched gate and rounded adobe building. Please remember, if you would like to see any of the pictures larger just click on the image. Thank you for following my blog and if you ever have any questions do feel free to ask. Hope to see you again soon. Hugs, Mikki Senkarik

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