The lovely blue door is painted with light and dark mixtures of Pthalo Blue + Cobalt Blue + White.
Mixes of Cadmium Red Light + MUD + Cadmium Orange + White are used for the large Terra-Cotta containers. Then the step up to the door is made. The upright side is darker because less light hits it than the flat surface on the top of the step.
Chili Ristras are fun to paint, I like to use lots of texture to give the feeling of the individual peppers. You can click on this or any of the other pictures to see them larger.
Perky Petunias fill the containers to the right of the door. Then I begin on the White Daisies. The entire mass of flowers is blocked in with mixes of Dioxazine Purple + White, Pthalo Blue + White and Ultramarine Blue + White. This jumble of color will provide the shadows for the white blossoms.
The leaves are then painted around the flowers, helping to shape them. Mixes in various proportions of Pthalo Blue + Cadmium Yellow Medium are used for the foliage.
Bright yellow and orange centers, along with pure white highlights on the petals illuminated by the New Mexico sunshine, finish out the Daises dancing in the breeze. The colorful setting calls out a happy invitation, “Welcome to the Southwest”. This has been such a delightful project. I want to thank Travis for asking me to make his beautiful photographs into paintings. Have a wonderful day! Hugs,