Diagonal Tile Floor

The azure water behind the chairs is still pliable enough that I can easily pull the balusters of the terrace railing over it. Using the edge of the T-Square, balanced on the top edge of the canvas, allows me to make sure the lines are perfectly upright.

The long arms of the colorful Bougainvillea, working their way back and forth through the railing, are added. Please remember as you read my blog, you may click on any of the images to see enlargements.

Let’s start on the Terrace Floor. Come watch to see how I establish the perspective for the Diagonal Pattern of the Terra Cotta Tiles.

VIDEO DEMONSTRATION: Perspective Plan for the Floor.

My guide lines for the Diagonal Tiles are penciled in. It’s time to begin painting the floor.

My color mixes for the oil paints are shown above. Here are the color recipes: #1. Pthalo Blue + Cadmium Orange + White. #2. 4 mixes in different combinations of MUD (2 parts Ultramarine Blue + 1 part Alizarin Crimson) + Cadmium Orange + Cadmium Red Light + White. #3. White + Ultramarine Blue. #4. Cadmium Orange + a tiny bit of Pthalo Blue + White.

VIDEO DEMONSTRATION: Painting the Diagonal Tile Floor.

Even though this is demonstrated in the preceding video, I want to highlight how I extended the perspective lines onto the tape surrounding the image. They are marked with arrows. After covering the entire surface of the floor with the oil mixes shown above, I’ll use these as guides to draw the lines separating the individual tiles. 

The front edges of the tiles are highlighted, giving them extra dimension.

WHEW! That floor was a fun challenge. Please take note of how the painting looks at this point. I’ll say more about that in a moment. 

The seats of the chairs are painted with a mix of Dioxazine Purple + Magenta + White. Then the tabletop is added.

OK, compare this to the previous image with the unpainted seat covers. In reality the cushions on the chairs, where my collectors stayed on their honeymoon, were off white. However, by making them dark, we increase the intensity of the sunset! It’s much more vibrant now. This will become even more apparent when the flowers are planted.

Thanks for visiting my studio today! With Big Hugs,

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One Response to “Diagonal Tile Floor”

  1. Athira Says:

    Wonderful art

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