Scarlett and Rhett are Back!

Construction of the building is complete, the door and window are installed as well, so now we can get on with the Wisteria…..

VIDEO DEMONSTRATION: Painting the Wisteria

In the video I mentioned a beautiful Wisteria we saw in a small village located on the Sorrento Peninsula. Jack and I were on our way to the coastal town of Amalfi. Here are the sketches I made while Jack was taking pictures.

Many times I’ll press an actual flower in my sketch book as a memory catcher!

The Wisteria is finished and….. WAIT A SECOND!!!!!!! Is that some little squeaks I hear? And the hum of tiny wings?

OH MY GOODNESS, look who decided to visit Texas! It’s our favorite traveling Hummingbirds, Scarlett and Rhett. I guess it’s starting to get cold in NYC where their home is, they’ve come to the Hill Country for a little vacation. If you are new to my blog these precious little Ruby-Throats are named after the main characters in my all time favorite novel, Gone With the Wind. If you’d like to see them larger, just click on the image.

Guess we better give those sweet babies some Bluebonnets to see after they’ve traveled all this way. The blossoms are blocked in with mixes of Ultramarine Blue + White and Cobalt Blue + White.

Foliage is painted with combinations of Pthalo Blue + Cadmium Orange + White.

The “Caps” on the Bluebonnets in the foreground are made with pure White. Those in the distance have a little Ultramarine Blue added to the White which makes them fall back.

The entire surface of the courtyard floor is covered with mixtures of MUD (2 parts Ultramarine Blue + 1 part Alizarin Crimson) + Cadmium Orange + a tiny touch of Pthalo Blue + White. More White is added to make the lighter tile colors. A few strokes of Ultramarine Blue + White are made at the farthest edge of the shadow areas so it will recede.

Perspective lines are drawn into the wet paint of the floor with a long liner brush dipped in a thin oil wash of MUD + Liquin.

Horizontal lines separating the individual tiles are made next. This is done freehand, bracing my wrist against the mahl stick would limit the movement of my arm, making it impossible to draw the lines straight.

WHEW! I always hold my breath while doing those tile lines. Now I can breathe easy again. I’ll be planting in our next session, why don’t you grab some gardening gloves? I’d love for you to come help! With Colorful Smiles,


2 Responses to “Scarlett and Rhett are Back!”

  1. Says:

    Awesome! You make your paintings live with your wonderful talent with your brushes and your writing! Love it and you!

  2. Terri El-Farkh Says:

    So beautiful! The perfect day in the perfect place, and bonus… hummingbirds. 💕

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