Bogies, Chilis and Rocks of Red

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The Pink flowers of the Bougainvillea are blocked in first with several shades of Permanent Rose + White. Then I come back and paint the foliage around the masses of pink. You can see in the picture above how the painted image extends on to the side of the gallery wrap canvas.

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The flowers illuminated by sunshine are highlighted using a small Bright (square) brush. Want to know more about the brushes I use? CLICK HERE!

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Red from the Chili Ristra reflects on to the wall next to it. So a little Alizarin Crimson  is added into the shadow cast by the peppers.

VIDEO! OK, let’s get to that Chili Ristra, the string of peppers commonly seen throughout the American Southwest. The Chili ristra was initially washed in with a mixture of Alizarin Crimson + Liquin. Now that the wash in is dry I’m coming back and finishing the ristra. The oil paint is applied with lots of texture, using a brush to “sculpt” the individual peppers. 

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Now we’ll go back to the distant bluffs. Several variations of MUD (Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson) + Cadmium Red Light + Cadmium Orange + White are combined for the Red Rocks. A mix of Ultramarine Blue + MUD + a touch of Cadmium Orange + White is used for the farthest edge of the rocks. The coolness and lightness makes it recede.

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Light coming into the piece from the upper right spills across the rocks. The bluff closest to the foreground is made warmer in order to pull it forward. This follows a very simple rule that helps to give the appearance of dimension in a painting, “Warm Colors Come Forward, Cool Colors Go Back.”

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Notice how the Warm/Cool theory is working in our painting, the mountains already give it some depth. This will become much more dramatic as the warm terra-cotta tile floor and bright flowers are completed. Hope you’ll come back to see! Hugs,

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