Mixing Adobe

SG6314 Step 11

You can see my palette set up above. If you’d like, click on the picture to enlarge it. I use a culinary cart with two shelves below the top surface. My glass palette is 1/4 inch glass placed on a white shelf board, in total it measures 18″ x 48″. Plenty of room for mixing lots of color. Tubes of paint are stored directly below the palette within easy reach. The toilet tissue is used for wiping my brush as I work. A clean brush makes for clean, crisp color on your painting. The adobe colors are mixed from different proportions of Ultramarine Blue + Cadmium Orange + MUD (Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson) + White. One blob of Ultramarine Blue + White is also made.

SG6314 Step 12

The darker shades of adobe color are worked around the Wisteria. Toward the lower portion of the wall some of the blue mixture is added. This will make it fall back behind the flowers. I also do the same along the upper stairs to make the wall recede.

SG6314 Step 13

Details on the Wisteria are now delineated. Then the irregular stair step wall is painted. The upright parts of the “Steps” are darker than the flat tops. This is because they receive less sunlight.

SG6314 Step 14

I love Southwestern architecture, there are so many unique details that are fun to paint. We found this unusual lintel on an old gate hidden away in Santa Fe.

SG6314 Step 15

The warmth of the adobe walls accentuate the cool colors of the distant landscape. Adding just this bit of warm color makes the field of sagebrush and mountains begin to recede. Do remember, if you would like to receive an email every time I publish a new post please feel free to subscribe to my blog. CLICK THIS LINK and scroll to the upper right side of the page. You will see a heading EMAIL SUBSCRIPTIONS. Just enter your email address and click the button “Sign me up!”  It’s easy. And if you enjoy my blog please CLICK the FaceBook LIKE Button. As we say in Texas, “Much Obliged!

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2 Responses to “Mixing Adobe”

  1. Stevie Denny Says:

    Thank you for sharing on your blog, Mikki. I always look forward to receiving it.

  2. Nadejda Says:

    Mikki! You are amazing and Thank You for sharing your blog!

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