Cobalt Blue and Permanent Rose

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Today I’m using a special color not normally found on my palette, Cobalt Blue. It is perfect for the domes, windows, doors and gates found in the Greek Islands. The mixtures are as follows: #1. Cobalt Blue + a touch of White. #2. Mix #1 + White. #3. Mixture #2 + more White. #4. Mostly White with a bit of Cobalt Blue added.

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Since the light is pouring into the painting from the right the left side of the dome is made darker with Mix #1. Mixtures #2 and #3 are used for the lighter portion on the right. The highlight made of Mix #4 gives the feeling of roundness to the Cobalt Blue dome. You can click on any of the images to view them larger.

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After blocking in the white walls of the church I use some of the dome mixes for the latticed windows in the tower. My wrist is braced against a mahl stick to steady my hand as I paint the fine details. What is a mahl stick? CLICK HERE to find out.

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Bougainvilleas are found everywhere in the Greek Isles. This one is made of various combinations in different proportions of Cadmium Red Light + Permanent Rose + White. The mass of colorful bracts are blocked in first. The colored “Blooms” of the Bougainvillea are not the flowers, they are called bracts. The actual tiny white flowers, in the center of the bracts, can hardly be seen.

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Leaves made of Viridian Green + Cadmium Yellow Medium are painted around the masses of pink. I add a few strokes of some of the darker blues left over from the water into the foliage. This helps to give depth to the Bougainvillea. Thank you for visiting our studio today. Please remember, if you have any questions feel free to ask. One of the main reasons for my blog is to help artists! Have a great evening. Hugs,

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8 Responses to “Cobalt Blue and Permanent Rose”

  1. cmarshall28 Says:

    What brand of permanent rose do you use?


    • Mikki Senkarik Says:

      We use Winsor Newton WINTON Permanent Rose. It uses the same pigments as the more expensive brands and is just as brilliant. In fact all of the colors we use except Pthalo Blue are WINTON. Grumbacher makes a more intense Pthalo Blue that I prefer to the WINTON brand. We use A LOT of oil paint, WINTON is a good product that is much more economical. Hope this helps, Mikki

  2. Tracy Says:

    Can’t wait to see the finished product!

  3. Sher Mickelson-Hilliard Says:

    Wonderful painting, Excellent explanation and lesson. Thank you 🙂

  4. Rizwana A.Mundewadi Says:

    Hello Mikki, thank you for this share of first hand information, I always find it difficult to keep the glossiness/ brightness, of cobalt blue after adding white, it looks a bit dull, my fav colors are french ultramarine blue, camlin blue and prussian blue, and the ultra marine blue also loses its glossiness, I have stopped using flake white and Zinc white and use Titanium white now, can you please guide, thank you for your contribution to the art world and this world by making such bright lovely colorful paintings. Take Care and God Bless!

    • Mikki Senkarik Says:

      Hi Rizwana,
      We use Winsor Newton WINTON Soft Mixing White. It is very soft and buttery, great to paint with. You can add a touch of Pthalo Blue to the lighter mixes of Cobalt Blue and White to give it a little spark so it doesn’t look so dull. We stay away from Prussian Blue because it turns darker over time. Thank you for following my blog. Happy Painting! Mikki

  5. Graziella Says:

    Best blog. Great work keep it up. I learnt a lot

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