Wisteria in Santa Fe

For today’s commission we’re headed back to Santa Fe!

Sketching the basic plan up on the canvas. A thin oil wash made of MUD (Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson) + a liberal amount of Liquin is used for this step. The entire sketch will be covered when the piece is complete, this just gives me a “Road Map” to follow.

SC1015 Sun Splashed Red Step 1

I had to straighten the door way just a bit and make a few other adjustments. Now we’re ready to begin applying paint.

SC1015 Sun Splashed Red Step 2

My mixes for the adobe are shown above. #1. Ultramarine Blue + White. #2. MUD + Cadmium Orange + Ultramarine Blue + a little White. #3. Mixture #2 with additional White. #4, #5 and #6. Cadmium Orange + Ultramarine Blue + White in varying proportions. If you would like to learn more about our Double Primary Mixing System that Jack developed CLICK HERE.

SC1015 Sun Splashed Red Step 3

After establishing the light and shadow patterns on the flat surface of the wall, the door jamb is painted. A stroke of Ultramarine Blue + White is made the length of the edge nearest the door. The coolness makes the back of the jamb recede. This follows a very simple rule for giving the appearance of depth to a painting: Warm Colors Come Forward, Cool Colors Go Back.

SC1015 Sun Splashed Red Step 4

The shadows on the red door are made with Cadmium Red Deep + Alizarin Crimson. The sunlit portion is pure Cadmium Red Light.

SC1015 Sun Splashed Red Step 5

Most of the time I use the same sequence when painting plants that bloom: Flowers First, Leaves Last. The Wisteria blossoms are first blocked in with several shades of Dioxazine Purple + White, #1. Then the leaves are worked around the purples, helping to shape the dangling flowers, #2.

SC1015 Sun Splashed Red Step 6

The final step in painting the wispy Wisteria is to add individual flowers petals and the long, winding tendrils reaching for the light. 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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