Adobes in the Distance



The setting sun illuminates the adobe buildings in the background with a golden glow. Snow on the top of the buildings is made with a light blue, using White with some Ultramarine Blue mixed in. I have to be careful not to make the White too bright, it would jump to the foreground.


Chamisa and sagebrush grow on the hillside below the buildings. The foliage is painted with various combinations of Ultramarine Blue + Cadmium Orange + a touch of Cadmium Yellow Medium + White. The area behind the driver is kept dark, so his light Stetson will stand out.


NOW….for the bright white! The rimlight on the snow capping the adobe wall along the road is made with a mix of White + a tiny bit of Cadmium Orange. Notice how the warmer white causes all of the cool whites in the distance to fall back. You may click on the picture to see it larger.


To make the sunset more dramatic I’ve decided to remove the farthest, snow covered mountain. We see more of the colorful sky and the painting has a feeling of greater depth. That white mountain just drew too much attention. It seemed to call out, “Hey, look at me!” That’s one of the things I love about oil painting, if you don’t like something you can scrape it off with your palette knife and begin again!

VIDEO! When blocking in the snow covered trees the dark areas are painted first, leaving white spots for the fluffy white stuff. After painting the shadows of the snow I come back and add highlights of White + a touch of Ultramarine Blue. These trees are in the middle ground, blue is mixed with the white to make them fall behind the adobe wall. Near the end of the video you see the painting move. My easel is on wheels, making it easy to turn it and the painting to work on the side of the gallery wrap canvas. Thanks for dropping in to our studio today. Please remember, always feel free to ask questions. One of the main reasons I write my blog is to help fellow artists! HUGS

3 Responses to “Adobes in the Distance”

  1. pierceclark Says:


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  2. Gittel Fuchs Says:

    Beautiful colors! I love your paintings!!

  3. Phyllis Snyder Says:

    I really like your idea about how to paint a gallery wrap on card board. I shared this idea with some ladies at the Jenks group. Thanks you for sharing you fabulous painting knowledge. I look forward to your posts. Hope you are doing well.

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