Red Walls and Stone Archway

I love the weathered red stucco walls found on many of the buildings lining the shimmering canals of Venice.  Mixtures of MUD (Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson) + extra Alizarin Crimson + Cadmium Red Light + a tiny bit of White are used for the wall on the far side of the arch.

Moving to the near side of the arch more Cadmium Red Light and White are added to the mixtures. This color is warmer and lighter, making the wall appear to come forward. This follows the simple rule: WARM COLORS COME FORWARD, COOL COLORS GO BACK.

A little Cadmium Orange is added to the wall mixes to make the old bricks showing through the “Rotten Stucco”.  I have to laugh when I use this term. Marcus and Nancy Perkins, the owners of a gallery in Santa Fe who represented my paintings years ago, asked me one day if I would do a painting with some “Rotten Stucco”. Jack and I didn’t have a clue what they were talking about. Marcus went on to explain that the Southwest buildings were made with adobe bricks that were then stuccoed over. When the buildings got old the stucco would break off, revealing the old bricks underneath. “Rotten Stucco” was a Santa Fe colloquialism. Jack and I quickly adopted the phrase into our vocabulary.

VIDEO DEMONSTRATION: Painting the Stone over the Top of the Arch.

The flat plane on the tops of the stone steps is made lighter than the upright riser, or side. This is because the top of the step receives more light from above.

The railing and terra cotta planter box in the window finish us up for today. Thank you for following along. And I am still trying to get a picture of Brave Heart. So far I haven’t been in the kitchen at the right time to see him at my feeder! HUGS,

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