Opening to the Ocean

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Dark walls act to frame the sunny Hawaiian beach and ocean seen though the opening. The Bougainvillea is now blocked in with mixes in different proportions of Permanent Rose + White. The mass of flower color is painted first. To enlarge any of the pictures just click on the image.

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The green paint of the leaves is worked around the pinks. Working in this sequence: Flowers First, Leaves Last keeps the blooms bright and crisp. If the foliage was painted first my brush would pick up some of the green as I painted the blossoms, making the pinks dirty. I follow this order when painting plants with flowers that grow in clumps, like the Bougainvillea. The shadows on the red doors opening to the ocean are made of Cadmium Red Deep + Magneta. That part in the sunlight is pure Cadmium Red Light.

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The entire surface of the courtyard floor is now covered with mixes of MUD (Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson) + Cadmium Orange. White is added to the mixture for the tiles washed by the sun. Using the warm and cool rule we discussed in the previous post I add a few strokes of Ultramarine Blue + White to the back part of each level so it will recede. There is another rule to remember when painting steps. The upright plane, or riser, is darkest because the top, flat surface of the step is illuminated from above.

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Now for the fun part, drawing the perspective lines into the wet paint of the floor! The curved lines are drawn freehand in order to make them smooth. I use a fine liner brush dipped in a mix of MUD + Liquin.

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After the perspective and horizontal lines are complete the edges of the tiles are highlighted where they are touched by the sunshine streaming across the floor.

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WHEW! Glad to have all that heavy tile work done. If you’ll bring some gardening gloves tomorrow you can help me with the planting. See ya! Hugs,

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One Response to “Opening to the Ocean”

  1. Phyllis Solcyk Says:

    Hello Mikki,
    I absolutely love your demo’s and your work! Your brilliant colors please every inch of my eyes. Thank you for all you do and are.
    Phyllis Solcyk

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