Taos Blue

SD3914 Welcome to the Southwest Step 5A

This is the second of the photos my collector sent. So I got to work sketching.

Sketch Travis 1 version 2

Originally I had thought Wisteria would look good draping over the top of the building and wall. But after visiting with Travis we decided changing that to Trumpet Vine would tie in nicely with Hands Across Taos. Instead of totally redrawing the sketch I just made a label change. Also the flowers in the container to the left of the door are going to be White Daisies.

SD3914 Welcome to the Southwest Step 6

My plan or “road map” is drawn up on the canvas in a thin oil wash of MUD (Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson) + Liquin. The Petunias are covered with a transparent layer of Dioxazine Purple + Magenta + Liquin. The Chilis are washed in with Alizarin Crimson + Liquin.

SD3914 Welcome to the Southwest Step 7

After painting the sky I begin blocking in the adobe walls with mixes of various combinations of Cadmium Orange + MUD + Ultramarine Blue + White. More MUD is added into the mixes for the shadows.

SD3914 Welcome to the Southwest Step 8

The Trumpet Vine is painted “Flowers First, Leaves Last”. I usually work in this sequence on most flowering plants. Laying in the bright colors of the blossoms first keeps the paint crisp and clean. If I were to block in the foliage to begin with my brush would pick up some of the greens as I painted the flowers, dirtying their color.

SD3914 Welcome to the Southwest Step 9

Leaves are now added in mixes of Viridian Green + Cadmium Yellow Medium. White is mixed in for the leaves and draping tendrils caught by the sunlight. That’s all for today, hope you’ll come back tomorrow and follow along. Hugs,

Mikki Senkarik signature JPEG


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