Vineyards and Beyond

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There is another simple rule that helps artists achieve the feeling of depth in their paintings: Cool Colors Go Back, Warm Colors Come Forward. The distant part of the field of Poppies is painted with a cooler mix of Magenta + White. Moving forward I use Cadmium Red Deep and Cadmium Red Deep + Cadmium Red Light which is warmer.

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After the mass of reds are blocked in the upright posts are drawn into the wet paint with a small Bright brush turned sideways.

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Now I come back and add the foliage of the Poppies. The leaves in the area where the sunlight dances across the field are made lighter.

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Dark centers are added to the Poppies, then work begins on the vines. The ones farthest away are made with cooler blue-greens mixed from Pthalo Blue + Cadmium Lemon + White. Those leaves in the front are made of Pthalo Blue + Cadmium Yellow Medium. Remember, if you would like to see any of the pictures larger, just click on the image.

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AHHHHH, the grapes are ripe and ready to harvest!

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I come back and highlight the Poppies illuminated by the shaft of sunlight. Pure Cadmium Red Light makes them pop!.

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I keep the vines and Poppies mostly in shadow, providing a “Threshold” that makes the sunlit beach in the distance glow. Think of being outside your home on a warm summer night. The front door is open, revealing the bright interior. Your gaze is pulled through the darkness, across the “Threshold” of the door to the light inside. The dark foreground works the same way in a painting. Your eye goes past the Vineyards and Beyond to sunny Bodega Head below. Hope you’ve had as much fun following along as I’ve had painting this piece! Hugs,

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