Wisps of Wisteria

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The adobe wall of the courtyard is now constructed. Mixes of Ultramarine Blue + Cadmium Orange + MUD (Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson) + White are used. The stairwell is made bluer so it will fall behind the walls in front of it.

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Some of the neatest elements of Southwestern architecture are the “Stair-step” details. The upright plane is made darker than the flat, top surface because less sunlight illuminates it.

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The wrought iron lantern and holder are drawn into the wet paint of the wall with a mix of MUD + Liquin. I brace against the mahl stick to steady my hand. What is a mahl stick? CLICK HERE to find out.

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Jeana requested a deer Shaman to represent her father. It is also painted with a wet-into-wet technique. Working while the adobe paint is still wet allows me to make smooth lines.

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Wisteria is a staple of spring in Santa Fe. I use mixes of Dioxazine Purple + Ultramarine Blue + White for the initial block in of the blooms.

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The foliage is painted with mixtures in various proportions of Viridian Green + Cadmium Yellow Medium. I like working with Bright or Square brushes. I use it flat to cover broad areas; the corner is perfect to shape the leaves. To learn more about the brushes I use just CLICK HERE!

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A smaller Bright brush delineates the individual petals of the Wisteria blossoms.

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The wispy Wisteria cascades over the courtyard wall. The adobe (basically yellow) is the complimentary color to the Blue-Purple flowers, making them appear more intense. Thank you for following along today. Hope to see you again soon. Hugs,

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