Doors and Floor

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The cool blue greens of the Sage Brush in the background make the red doors POP! I purposely juxtaposed the complimentary colors, red and green, so the doors would look even brighter. This is one rule I use a lot in my garden paintings: Placing a color next to its compliment, or the hue across from it on the color wheel, makes it appear more intense.

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The shadows are made of Magenta + Cadmium Red Deep, while the portion of the door in the sunlight is painted with pure Cadmium Red Light.

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The entire surface of the floor is covered, establishing the light and shadow pattern on the terra-cotta tile.

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Perspective lines are drawn into the wet paint of the floor with a fine liner brush dipped in a mixture of MUD (Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson) + Liquin.

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Next the horizontal lines separating the individual tiles are drawn. I do this freehand. Using a mahl stick would limit the movement of my hand, making it difficult to draw straight lines.

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WHEW!!! Laying all that Satillo Tile is hard work. Notice I’ve made the floor near the open doors and also that at the most distant edge of the foreground shadow bluer or cooler. This helps to make it appear to “go back”. Please remember, you can click on any of the pictures to see them larger. That’s all for today. Hope to see you tomorrow. Hugs,

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