Jumbling, Tumbling Buildings

SI4315 Step 8

The Bougainvillea in the foreground is blocked in before the water in the background dries. I have to carefully “Lay” the flowers, or bracts, on top of the blue so I don’t pick up any of the underlying color. I do this now because it’s easier to draw the fine lines of the vine arms reaching out while the paint behind them is wet. Mixes of Permanent Rose + White and Permanent Rose + Cadmium Red Light + White are used for the fiery blossoms.

SI4315 Step 9

One of the things I love about Santorini is the jumbled buildings that seemingly tumble down the cliffs. The highlights on the white stucco actually have a touch of blue mixed in. This cools them so they will fall into the background. Pure White + the tiniest touch of Lemon Yellow is reserved for the sunlit portions of the wall in the foreground. The warm White mixture will make the wall appear to come forward. The miles of steps are far easier to paint than they must have been to build 🙂 You can click on this or any of the other images to see them larger.

SI4315 Step 10

It’s fun adding umbrellas on the terraces! My wrist is braced against a mahl stick to steady my hand as I delineate the details.

SI4315 Step 11

The domed church is a little closer to the viewer so less blue is mixed into the highlights. I want it to jump in front of the buildings in back of it.

SI4315 Step 12

The jumbling, tumbling buildings are complete. In order to further increase the depth I cooled the Bougainvilleas as they go back. The ones in the far distance are painted with mixes of Magenta + White. Coming forward mixtures of Magenta + White and Magenta + Permanent Rose + White are used. You can see how they all drop back behind the brighter, more intense color of the Bougainvillea in the foreground. Thank you for following along today. Hope you’ll come back soon. Hugs,

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One Response to “Jumbling, Tumbling Buildings”

  1. Annette Says:

    Wow, Mikki, that is incredible. I love the yellow umbrella’s. Way to go.

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