Hot Pink Bougainvilleas

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Bougainvilleas add such vibrant color to the courtyard. #1. The mass of flowers are blocked in with mixes in different proportions of Permanent Rose + White. #2. The foliage is painted around the flower color. I usually follow this sequence, Flowers First, Leaves Last, when painting blooming plants. If the leaves were done first my brush would pick up the underlying green when painting the flowers, dulling their color.

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Highlights on the pink bracts and adding long, draping streamers finishes the “Bogies”. After painting the foreground container I start to work on the floor.

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The entire surface is covered, establishing the light and shadow pattern. The legs of the wrought iron bench are drawn into the wet paint of the floor. If I waited until the flooring was dry it would be very difficult to make the lines smooth.

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The perspective lines of the terra-cotta tiles are now drawn into the floor. This is done freehand. Using the mahl stick would limit my movement, making it hard to pull the long, straight lines.

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Now I finish out the basket weave pattern of the pavers in the McNay courtyard.

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The bench is nestled by a large leaf Philodendron, making a cozy spot to sit. The dark color of the wrought iron is mixed by combining Alizarin Crimson and Pthalo Blue. Like with the legs, the back of the bench is drawn directly into the wet paint of the foliage behind it. That’s all for today. Have a wonderful evening and we’ll see you tomorrow. HUGS,

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One Response to “Hot Pink Bougainvilleas”

  1. Chrissy Says:

    So, so beautiful!!

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