Rosy Walls and a Soft Blue Door

SD3214 Step 4

This lovely entry is in Provence. Villefranche to be exact, a picturesque village located on the coast of France between Nice and Monaco. I begin by blocking in the rosy walls. Mixes in varying proportions of MUD (Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson) + Cadmium Red Light + White are used. The creamy door frame is made with mixtures of White + Cadmium Orange + Ultramarine Blue.

SD3214 Basking in the Sun Step 5

Several of you have asked how I paint the lacy curtains that show up in my pieces on occasion. Now that the dark window area is dry, I lightly dragged the curtains over the washed in area using mixes of Ultramarine Blue + White and MUD + White. I made sure to let some of the dark show through. This layer will serve as the shadows of the filmy material. Mixes of Pthalo Blue + Cadmium Orange + White are then used to paint the soft blue door.


SD3214 Basking in the Sun Step 6

When the door and mullions separating the window panes are complete the curtains illuminated by the sun are highlighted. Pure White would be too bright, I add a little white to the curtain mixtures leftover from the previous step. Then the entire surface of the floor is covered with various Terra-Cotta mixtures of MUD + Cadmium Orange + White. Perspective lines are now drawn freehand into the wet paint of the floor with a fine liner brush. You can click on the image to enlarge any of the pictures.

SD3214 Basking in the Sun Step 7

Horizontal lines separating the individual tiles are delineated. The final step on the Terra-Cotta floor is to accent the edges of the tiles. Notice the random strokes of Ultramarine Blue + White that are added near the back of the floor on both levels to make it recede. The blue is cooler than the warmer browns at the front of the floor. This follows a simple rule that helps to give the appearance of depth in a painting: Cool Colors go Back, Warm Colors come Forward. Thank you for following along today, hope you’ll come back and visit again soon. Hugs,

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2 Responses to “Rosy Walls and a Soft Blue Door”

  1. Hannah Says:

    Beautiful and inspiring work. Very interesting read. Found you through the artistic blog on Facebook and I shall share the post on my Facebook page.

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