Crumbling Adobe

Let’s start construction on the courtyard wall. The golden adobe color is made with combinations of MUD (2 parts Ultramarine Blue + 1 part Alizarin Crimson) + Cadmium Orange + a little Cadmium Yellow Medium + White. More White is mixed in for the sunlit portions of the wall. Chili Ristras cast long shadows down the wall. A few strokes of Ultramarine Blue + a bit of MUD + White are worked into the shadows to make them cooler. If you’d like to view an enlargement of this, or any of the other pictures in my blog post, just click on the image.

The ancient stucco is crumbling in places, exposing the adobe bricks underneath. They are painted into the wet surface of the wall with rich, rusty mixes of MUD + Cadmium Orange + Alizarin Crimson + Cadmium Red Light. The same mixtures have been used for the tiles on top of the arch. Some brushstrokes of Cadmium Orange + Pthalo Blue + White are also made on the tiles to give them an aged, moss covered look.

The broken edge of the stucco is delineated with a brush dipped in a thin mix of MUD + Liquin. The same mixture is used to indicate the crevices between the bricks.

The broken edge of the stucco raises up just a little, catching the sunlight. So that is accentuated with a lighter shade of the original wall color.

Now that the wall is complete, work begins on the Bougainvillea cascading over it. The mass of Hot Pink is blocked in with a few different mixes: Permanent Rose + Magenta + White, Magenta + White and Permanent Rose + White.

Leaves are added with a cool green made of Viridian Green + White and Viridian Green + Phtalo Blue + White.

A second Bougainvillea tumbles over the wall to the left of the arched gate. We’re done for this session, hope you’ll come back and follow the rest of the progress.

By the way, an artist named Pat contacted me through my website and asked a question. I tried email her back with my answer but her email was returned because the address was incorrect. So Pat, please feel free to contact me through the comment section below. Thanks. And to all my followers, I appreciate your support and encouragement. Have a wonderful day! Hugs,


© Senkarik 2021

4 Responses to “Crumbling Adobe”

  1. bowenwhidbeynet Says:

    Kathy and I love your updates.

  2. Lynne Wesolowski Says:

    You are a magician! Love to see you working. Thank you!!

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