Rounded Adobe and Chilis

SJ10413 Step 1

Here is the sketch for a new commission I’m starting, it will be the companion piece to Peaceful Shadows. If you’d like to see Peaceful Shadows in progress just CLICK HERE.

SJ10413 Step 2

The basic plan is drawn on the canvas with a brush dipped in an oil wash of MUD (Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson) + Liquin. Then I wash in the base color of the chili peppers with a mix of Alizarin Crimson + Magenta + Liquin. Please remember, you can click on any of the images to see the picture larger.

SJ10413 Step 3

We’re all sketched up and ready to begin painting. The window area is covered with MUD + Liquin and Ultramarine Blue + Liquin. I make sure the wash in is translucent. This way when the window sash and mullions are painted over the dark it will appear as if something is inside the room.

SJ10413 Step 4

The adobe is painted first with mixes of Ultramarine Blue + Cadmium Orange + White. MUD is added into the mixture for the dark shadows.

SJ10413 Step 5

Mixtures of Pthalo Blue + Cadmium Orange + White are used for the window and the round beam over it. I brace my hand on the mahl stick in order to pull the straight line of the window frame. What is a Mahl Stick? CLICK HERE to find out!

SJ10413 Step 6

Next the cascade of Morning Glory flowers is blocked in with mixes of Magenta + White. I use various shades all smooshed together to make a variegated mass of color.

SJ10413 Step 7

The leaves of the Morning Glory Vine are now painted. The last step today is to finish out the rounded adobe pillar. It’s especially fun making the heart shaped shadows that echo the foliage above. Thank you for following along today.

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One Response to “Rounded Adobe and Chilis”

  1. Aarti Says:

    Just love your work.

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