Rock, Tiles and White Stucco

The rock wall behind the stairs provides a dark backdrop for the sun-washed, white stucco walls. Terra cotta tiles on the roof also add a dark accent that will make the light on the building POP!

You can see how the surrounding darks “Set the Stage” for the brightly lit stucco. I pull the lines of the wrought iron bench into the paint of the wall while it’s still wet. A #4 bright (square) brush dipped in a thin mixture of MUD (Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson) + Liquin is used.

The warmth of the Red door vibrates against all of the cool lavenders and blue grays on the walls.

Now we’ll work on the vine cascading over the roof. I’ve got my mixes laid out and ready to go. #1. Pthalo Blue + Liquin. #2. A couple of shades of Alizarin Crimson + Cadmium Orange. #3. Two mixes of Sap Green + White. #4. Cadmium Orange + a bit of Cadmium Yellow Medium. #5. Pthalo Blue + White. 

The flowering vine is blocked in following my usual sequence of Flowers First, Leaves Last. On the left I’ve used mixes #2 and #4 to make the mass of flower color. At the right foliage is added, the green is worked around the orange to shape the blossoms.

Dangling tendrils and twisting trunks finish out the Trumpet Vine. The next step is to cover the entire surface of the floor, establishing the light and shadow pattern. Paint leftover from the roof tiles is used. A cool blue, made of Ultramarine Blue + White, is added along the back edge near the wall to make it recede. Please remember as you read through my blog, you may click on any of the pictures to view them larger.

The lines separating the tiles are drawn into the wet paint with a fine liner brush dipped in a mix of MUD + Liquin.

Attaching the canvas to a piece of cardboard before I begin working makes it much easier to handle the wet painting. I remove the whole unit from the easel and lay it on my taboret to paint the bottom edge of the canvas. If you’d like to see how the canvas is attached to the cardboard CLICK HERE.

For the terra cotta flower pots a little Cadmium Red Light is mixed into the colors used on the floor. Thank you for visiting our studio today, hope you’ll come back for the next session. I’ll be adding the flowers! HUGS, 

2 Responses to “Rock, Tiles and White Stucco”

  1. Bob Ragland Says:

    Thanks for your demos. They are VERY instructive. BRAVO!!!!!

  2. LouAnn Says:

    Love your mixing! Mine seem to be more “muted” and I keep going over to get them brighter. I guess it takes much practice. I’ve used a lot if your methods. Do you ever critique Mikki? Thank you so much!

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