Let’s Go to the South of France

FIRST OF ALL….I’d like to thank all of you for your wonderful comments on “Flower Girl in Training“. I really appreciate your kind words and encouragement! Today I’ve jumped on my magic painting carpet and arrived at a cute little flower shop in Provence! So my newest piece for my Annual Collector Event in Santa Fe on August 30 and 31st is all sketched up and ready to begin adding color.

Coming back to the easel after a short lunch break I decided I didn’t care for the placement of the sign on the rock wall. I felt the space to the right of the door, framed by the umbrella and flowers is a better location. What do you think?

The wall is first covered with mixes of MUD (2 parts Ultramarine Blue + 1 part Alizarin Crimson) + Cadmium Orange + a touch of Cadmium Yellow Medium + White. The shadows have more MUD in the mixtures. A few strokes of Ultramarine Blue + White are made here and there to give some variety and coolness in the rocks. Then the crevices between the individual stones are made. But rather than delineating each and every rock I just indicate the cracks in a more impressionistic manner. The top edges of the stones are highlighted with a lighter version of the wall color made by adding white into the original mixture.

The washed in area of the door window is now dry. I lightly drag a mix of White + Ultramarine Blue + Cadmium Orange over the dark. The brush is allowed to skip over the bumpy surface of the canvas, giving the feeling of lace curtains in the window. To see this better you may click on the image to enlarge the picture.

The door is made with two shades of Severs Green + White. This Rembrandt Oil Color is a special one I use from time to time.

The trunk bothered me, it made the area to the left of the door too busy. So I scraped it out and repainted the wall! I’ve also given the umbrella a base coating with the same mix used for the curtains in the door. I wanted to pull the edges of the umbrella into the paint of the wall while it’s still very wet and pliable. I’ll repaint the white in our next session, just wanted make certain my edges will be smooth. Thank you for following along, I do hope you’ll come back soon! 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.

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One Response to “Let’s Go to the South of France”

  1. roseherczeg Says:

    Beautiful!! I love when you use those “special” colors in your paintings! The placement of the sign is perfect … yes, it makes a difference in the overall balance of the piece! God bless you, Mikki! xo

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