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.
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.
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.
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.
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,