Sarza

SE2115 Bounty of Fall Step 5

I begin painting with the adobe walls. Various mixes of Ultramarine Blue + Cadmium Orange + MUD (Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson) + White are used. Working on the shadow of the chili ristra I add a little bit of Alizarin Crimson into the mixture. This is because the red of the chilies reflects on to the wall beside them.

SE2115 Bounty of Fall Step 6

The back edge of the side walls on the window and door is made bluer, or cooler, to make it recede. This follows a simple rule that helps to increase the feeling of depth in a painting: Warm Colors Come Forward, Cool Colors Go Back.

SE2115 Bounty of Fall Step 7

A special color is pulled out for the Santa Fe window and door: Turquoise Blue. Three shades of Turquoise Blue + White are mixed.

SE2115 Bounty of Fall Step 8

The light and shadow pattern on the door is blocked in with the Turquoise mixes. Willow twigs cover the window part. My wrist is braced against a mahl stick to steady my hand as I drag them over the dark, washed in area of the opening.

SE2115 Bounty of Fall Step 9

For the Sarza, or as some call it Virginia Creeper, I make washes with a couple of other colors that are not normally found on our palette. #1. Magenta + Liquin. #2. Alizarin Crimson + Liquin. #3. Sap Green + Liquin.

SE2115 Bounty of Fall Step 10

The three different washes are ramdomly scumbled on the canvas for the leaves of this multicolored vine. I let some of the areas remain very transparent in order to give luminosity to the foliage.

SE2115 Bounty of Fall Step 11

One of the most fun parts of painting vines is to add the little twigs and tendrils draping down. A fine liner brush is used to make the long streamers.

SE2115 Bounty of Fall Step 12

I’ll let the washed in areas dry, then I’ll come back later and add some thicker, opaque leaves.

SE2315 Chief Hollow Horn Bear 14x14

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Thanks for following along today. Hugs,

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