A Few Miles South


We’ll begin painting with the sky since it’s the source of light. A bright sunny day, my color mixtures for both the sky and distant mountains are shown above. #1. Ultramarine Blue + a tiny bit of MUD (Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson) + White. #2. White + a little of mix #1. #3. White + Ultramarine Blue. #4. White + Cobalt Blue. #5. White + Pthalo Blue.


The sky is blocked in first. Light pours into the painting from the upper right, therefore the right side of the blue field is made with the lighter mix #5. Moving to the left more of Mix #4 is used. Then the distant coast to the east of Portofino is painted with mixtures #1, #2 and #3.


While the sky is still fresh I start working on the Pink Bougainvilleas. By painting them wet-into-wet I can soften the bracts cascading over the pergola. And it’s much easier to pull the long arms of the Bougainvillea into the sky, it would be difficult to make smooth lines if the underlying paint was dry and bumpy.


Well…..we are going to move the location of our painting a little to the south. 455.8 miles to be exact. When Cathy saw the previous blog and compared the settings of Portofino (6) and Amalfi (5), she decided she would rather have the Amalfi Coast in the background.


That’s not a problem to change at this point. I use my painting knife to scrape off the distant mountains, then paint the sky over the area all the way down to the horizon line.


Now the sketch of Portofino is replaced with the Amalfi Coast! One of the neatest things about this area is all of the lemon trees that are planted in terraces that step down the mountainside. So I just have to add a few of the terraces! You can see this better if you’ll enlarge the image by clicking on the picture.


The coastal village of Amalfi is now blocked in. Terra cotta rooftops are made with single strokes of a medium sized Bright (square) brush. If you’d like to know more about the brushes I like to use CLICK HERE.


The azure water of the Mediterranean is made duller and more muted in the distance so it will recede. The water becomes brighter and more intense as we move closer to the foreground. This follows a simple rule that helps to give the appearance of depth in a painting: Bright, intense colors come forward. Muted colors go back.


The columns supporting the pergola are painted over the distant water. With the background still wet its easy to make the edges of the columns straight and smooth. I’ve also gone ahead and finished the backs of the chairs that are in front of the water for the same reason. We’ve traveled a few miles today; don’t know about you but my feet are tired! Thanks for coming with me. Hugs,


One Response to “A Few Miles South”

  1. Alice Cox Says:

    Thank you for the information on brushes! I’m changing my medium from watercolors to oils, and need different brushes. Your advice is a big help.

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