A Delightful Terrace

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One of the coolest things in the Greek Islands are the stone floors with wide grout joints. The entire surface of this delightful terrace is painted with warm and cool Grays made of varying combinations of MUD + Ultramarine Blue + Cadmium Orange + White. The bluer mixes are used at the back of the terrace, the warmer ones at the front. This follows a simple rule that helps give the feeling of dimension in a painting: Cool Colors Go Back, Warm Colors Come Forward. Next the grout lines are drawn into the wet paint of the floor using some of the wall color.

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The painting is signed when the floor is finished. It’s much easier to pull the smooth, delicate lines into the wet paint than it would be over lumps and bumps in a dry surface. The gate is painted with the dark Cobalt Blue mixture left over from the Dome.

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Retsina is a Greek white wine that has been made for at least 2000 years. The name for Retsina is derived from a Latin word, resina. The drink has it roots in early wine making practices. Lacking airtight containers for fermentation, many early white wines soured as a result of exposure to oxygen. To stave off this problem, wine makers covered their wine jugs in pine pitch, the same material used to waterproof boats. The pitch effectively sealed the containers so the wine did not spoil and consumers developed a taste for the resulting resinous wine. So let’s add a bottle in the basket on the table!

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A tall terra-cotta container filled with Geraniums accents the right side of the terrace. The Cadmium Red Deep table offers a nice compliment to the green grapes that will be in the basket along with the wine.

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The finishing touch in today’s session is to paint the wicker basket. I’ve taken some of the floor color and added a little Cadmium Orange. The whole basket is painted with the darker shade, then I come back with lighter mixes and add the texture. Thanks for following along today. Hope you’ll come back tomorrow, we’ll be finishing up. Hugs,

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