Wispy Wisteria

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Caution: BUILDING ZONE! Constructon begins on the adobe arch with the tile roof. I’ve pulled the far edge of the left door over the distant landscape while it is still very wet. It would be difficult to make a smooth line over the heavy texture of the background if it was dry. I’ll work on the doors later.

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The distant side of the kiva fireplace is made cooler or bluer. This helps it to recede and gives the impression of “roundness”.

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The lantern is another of those neat architectural details Bill and Sarah asked to include in their piece. While the paint of the adobe wall is pliable I delineate the sides of the light fixture. As with the door I’ll come back to finish it in a future session. My wrist is braced on a mahl stick to steady my hand as I do the delicate detail work. CLICK HERE to find out more about my mahl stick.

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Ah…..Let’s let the Wisteria grow. This is one of my favorite vines! Dioxazine Purple + White are mixed in various proportions to block in the wispy blooms. To enlarge this or any of the other pictures just click on the image.

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After painting the greens of the foliage around the purple flowers, thin vines are added. Don’t you love the way they wiggle this way and that? It certainly makes them fun to draw with a fine liner brush.

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The final touch is to highlight the individual petals of the Wisteria blossoms. I use the corner of a medium-sized Bright brush, allowing it to dance in a happy cadence across the canvas.

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Ta Da! Instant Wisteria. I only wish those in our garden grew so fast! Have a super evening and hope to see you again soon. Hugs,

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