Serenity of Skopelos

SB1614 Serenity of Skopelos Step 10

One of the things I love about the Greek Islands is the stone floors with the wide grout joints, they are so beautiful. The first time I painted one it took a while to figure out the process. After several tries I found the easiest way is to paint the entire surface of the grey stone to start. I make it cooler toward the back of the terrace so the floor recedes. I let a patch of sunlight illuminate the terrace behind the table and chairs. Then the grout lines are drawn, wet-into-wet, over the base color. Those in the sunlit portion are made lighter.

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Now that the floor is complete notice how the grout lines are made a bit bluer toward the base of the wall and become warmer at the front. The Geraniums are painted in my usual sequence of Flowers First, Leaves Last. #1. The mass of blossom color is blocked in with mixes of Cadmium Red Deep + Magenta, Cadmium Red Deep and Cadmium Red Medium. #2. The leaves made of various mixes of Pthalo Blue + Lemon Yellow are painted around the red, helping to shape the flowers. After all of the foliage is complete I’ll come back to add stems, buds and highlights on the individual petals.

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My mixtures for the yellow chairs are laid out on the palette. #1. MUD (Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson) + Liquin. #2. Cadmium Yellow Medium + a touch of Alizarin Crimson + a bit of MUD. #3. Mix #2 with more MUD added. #4. Pure Cadmium Yellow Medium. #5. Cadmium Yellow Medium + Lemon Yellow. The colors lined up on the left of my palette are all of my leftover paint. That makes it easy if I need to go back and make any touch ups. If you would like to learn more about our double primary color mixing system CLICK HERE.

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You can see the finished Geraniums in this step. Bracing on a mahl stick to steady my hand I paint the happy yellow chairs. What is a mahl stick? CLICK HERE to find out.

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Now for the copper carafe, a traditional Greek metal pitcher to serve the wine. I use mixes of MUD + Cadmium Orange + a little Cadmium Red Light + White to make several shades of a rich coppery color. You can enlarge the image, just click on the picture.

SB1614 Serenity of Skopelos 14x14Serenity of Skopelos    14″ x 14″    Original Oil Painting

Let’s pour a couple of glasses of Retsina, sit back and enjoy the Serenity of Skopelos. What fun it has been to collaborate on this present for Doris and Andrew. Joan’s ideas make it so personal for them.  If you have a gift giving occasion coming up I’d be happy to work with you on a unique painting that will bring smiles for years to come. Thank you for following along. And if you live in the frozen north here is a BIG WARM TEXAS HUG,

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