Bluebonnets and Limestone

The sky, hills and distant field of Bluebonnets are painted first. Then work begins on the stream meandering through the wildflowers.  Mixes of Cadmium Orange + Ultramarine Blue + MUD (Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson) + White are used for the large, flat rocks.

The cactus on the bank is blocked in using a #8 bright (square) brush. The pads are painted by twisting the long handle to make the oval shapes. Please remember as you read through my blog, you can click on any of the images to see them larger.

This stage of my paintings was always Jack’s favorite part. He enjoyed seeing the completed background through the open gate of the sketched in courtyard.

The limestone wall of the courtyard is made with various combinations of Cadmium Orange + a little bit of Pthalo Blue + MUD + White. 

The Carmel Mission window is given a Texas touch with large, uneven blocks of Limestone.

The final step is to draw the twisted trunks of the Wisteria into the wet paint of the rock wall. A mixture of MUD + Liquin is used for the gnarled limbs. I’ve combined a couple of days work in this session. Thank you for following along, hope to see you again soon! HUGS, 

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