A Special Surprise

Trumpet Vine cascades over the stair stepped courtyard wall. The flowers are blocked in first (#1) with mixes of Alizarin Crimson + Cadmium Red Light, Alizarin Crimson + Cadmium Orange and pure Cadmium Orange. Leaves are then painted around the masses of blooms (# 2). Mixtures of Sap Green + Lemon Yellow are used for the foliage.

Centers are made in the individual flowers with a brush dipped in a thin mix of Alizarin Crimson + Liquin. You may click on the image to see it larger.

Unique Folk Art Crosses provide happy accents on the rounded adobe walls of Santa Fe. This one is painted with a combination of Pthalo Turquoise Blue + White.


Cobblestones pave the floor, the entire surface is first covered with choppy brushwork to replicate the texture of the rounded rocks.

Next the crevices between the individual stones are indicated with a dark mix of MUD (Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson) + Liquin.

Having the canvas attached to cardboard makes it easy to handle the wet painting. Would you like to know how that was done? CLICK HERE to find out. The entire unit is placed flat on my taboret in order to paint the lower edge of the gallery wrap canvas.

We’ll be planting in the next session. Hope you’ll come watch! If you would like to receive an email every time I publish a new post please feel free to subscribe to my blog. CLICK THIS LINK and scroll to the upper right side of the page. You will see a heading EMAIL SUBSCRIPTIONS. Just enter your email address and click the button “Sign me up!”  It’s easy. And if you enjoy my blog please CLICK the FaceBook LIKE Button. As we say in Texas, “Much Obliged!

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