Let’s plant some Hydrangeas in the square terra cotta containers below the Giant Birds. The large, fluffy blossoms are blocked in with mixtures of Ultramarine Blue + White, Dioxazine Purple + Ultramarine Blue + White and Dioxazine Purple + White.

The foliage is made of several mixes of Pthalo Blue + Cadmium Lemon + Cadmium Yellow Medium + White. The paint is worked around the masses of Blues and Purples, giving shape to the flowers.

The entire upper level of the courtyard is covered with combinations of MUD (2 parts Ultramarine Blue + 1 part Alizarin Crimson) + Cadmium Orange + White. I establish the light and shadow pattern as well as make the distant part of the floor ‘cooler’ by adding brushstrokes of Ultramarine Blue + White. The cool blue makes the back of the floor recede. Since the pavers are going to be in a curved pattern a line is drawn along the base of the wall, giving me a guide to follow. To see this better you may enlarge the image by clicking on the picture.

This is the complicated part, drawing those curved lines into the wet paint of the floor while keeping the perspective correct! A fine liner brush dipped in a thin mix of MUD + Liquin is used.

WHEW! Glad the curved lines are done. The horizontal lines are much easier to do!

The lower tier of stairs is painted following the same rule as the upper one. The Risers, or upright sides, are made darker than the flat surface on the top of the steps. This is because the sunlight hits the top of the steps more directly, even in the shadows.

The pavers at the bottom of the stairs are now completed. The pattern on this level is straight, MUCH EASIER to lay those tiles!

The curved wall embracing the Canna Lilies is painted with different shades of MUD + Cadmium Orange + a touch of Pthalo Blue + some Cadmium Yellow Medium + White. A little of the Ultramarine Blue + White mix remaining from the floor is used to add coolness in the wall. Especially in the area behind and between the leaves of the tall Cannas.

Done for today! Make sure to come back for our next session, I’ll have a video showing how I paint the stone wall in the lower left corner. I appreciate all of your kind comments. Have a great day and HAPPY PAINTING!

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2 Responses to “Hydrangeas”

  1. Norellel Voorhies Says:

    Hydrangeas are my number 1 favorite! If only i could grow these in San Antonio!! Painting is looking great!!

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