New Mexico Style

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Southwestern architecture has some of the coolest details. Carved spiral portal posts support the porch roof of the background building. Mixes of Dioxazine Purple + Ultramarine Blue + White are used to paint the posts. I first block them in as if they were round, see the lower part of the post I’m working on. Then I come back to add the diagonal lines indicating the spirals. You can enlarge the image to see this better, just click on the picture.

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Highlights and shadows are now added to give dimension to the rounded spirals.

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After completing the portal posts, I painted the chili ristras with thick, textured brushstrokes to give the impression of individual peppers. Next I begin on the Salvia nestled at the base of the coyote fence.

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When Jeana was a small girl, she and her mother would sit outside their front door on a bench in the late afternoon waiting for her dad to come home from work. She has fond memories of the daily ritual so asked me to include a bench in her piece. Her mom also loved owls; Jeana asked me to work one somewhere into the painting. I had originally planned to have an owl design on a tile by the gate in the foreground. Then I thought, “What better place than the back of the bench where she sat with her mom to put the motif?”

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Purple Coneflowers grow in front of the porch. Following my usual sequence of Flowers First, Leaves Last the blossoms are roughed in with several shades of Magenta + White.

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The green foliage has been painted around the large blooms, helping to shape them. Then the dark centers are delineated with MUD (Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson) + Liquin.

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The structure at the top of the steps is complete, we’ll begin work on the foreground gate in the next session. Hope to see you then. Hugs,

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One Response to “New Mexico Style”

  1. Paul Baudry Says:

    You are just so awesome!

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