The Striped Awning

VIDEO DEMONSTRATION: Painting the Striped Awning Part 1

VIDEO DEMONSTRATION: Painting the Striped Awning Part 2

I just love the combination of the green and white awnings juxtaposed against dusty red buildings that you see in Venice. The city of canals is so wonderfully picturesque. Please remember as you read through my blog, you may click on any of the pictures to see them larger.

Geraniums filling the window box are painted in my usual sequence of FLOWERS FIRST, LEAVES LAST. The red blossoms are mixes of Cadmium Red Deep + Alizarin Crimson, Cadmium Red Deep and Cadmium Red Light. The leaves are Pthalo Blue + Lemon Yellow. Sweet Potato Vine is nestled among the Geraniums, the long streamers cascade down from the terra cotta pot.

After making the heart shaped leaves, tendrils are drawn into the wet paint of the wall with a fine liner brush.

Another container of Geraniums resides on the balcony. The plant is painted first, then the wrought iron balusters that support the railing are drawn with a thin mix of MUD (Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson) + Liquin. My wrist is braced against a mahl stick to steady my hand as I draw them. The challenge is to make all of the curves the same! WHEW!

Fortunately I planned to have Nasturtiums dangling through the balusters so I wouldn’t have to show so many of them. Jack always used to say, “Plants cover up a multitude of sins!” Must admit, I certainly use them in designing my paintings to cover up architectural details I don’t want to delineate.

The Nasturtiums are mixes of Cadmium Red Light + Cadmium Orange, Cadmium Orange and Cadmium Orange + Cadmium Yellow Medium. The leaves are Ptahlo Blue + Cadmium Orange + Lemon Yellow + White. That’s all for this session, hope you’ll come back for the next one. Please feel free to ask questions in the comments section below. Thank you for following along and have a great day. With Colorful Smiles and Hugs,



One Response to “The Striped Awning”

  1. melaniefarmer2015 Says:

    Love your table with cloths. Making material look so real is difficult!

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