Azure Waters, White Buildings

The most distant part of the ocean is made lighter and more muted with a mix of White + Ultramarine Blue + MUD (2 parts Ultramarine Blue + 1 part Alizarin Crimson). Moving forward the color becomes darker and brighter. Here I’m using Ultramarine Blue + White. Some of the colors from the bluffs are pulled down into the water below them, giving the impression of reflections. To see this or any of the other images larger, just click on the picture.

Closer to the buildings and immediately behind the terrace, the hue of the Aegean Sea is increasingly more intense. I gradually worked from the previous Ultramarine Blue + White to Pthalo Blue + White to the White + Ptahlo Turquoise Blue that is being applied in the image above. The brighter colors come forward, while the more muted blues that were painted in the first step recede.

Shadows of the long arms of the windmill race down the curved sides of the massive tower. The shadows become bluer and lighter the farther they are away from the wooden blades casting them.

White stucco buildings, dazzling against the azure water of the Aegean Sea in the background, tumble down the hill below the windmill. Next the Bougainvilleas, cascading over the wall above the stairs, are blocked in with mixes of Magenta + White.

If you travel to Santorini you’d better be in shape, jillions of stairs ramble up and down the steep bluffs overlooking the ocean! We make them bluer or cooler at the top. Descending down the hill and coming closer they become darker and warmer. The basic mix is MUD + a little White. Ultramarine Blue is added into the mix for the cooler steps, Cadmium Orange for those that are warmer.

The tops of the steps are lighter than the risers (upright sides). This is because the flat surface receives more light from the sky above.

Terra cotta Geranium pots hug the wall below the dangling arms of the Bougainvillea. The bright blossoms are made with Cadmium Red Deep and Cadmium Red Deep + Cadmium Red Light.

Fiery Red Orange Trumpet Vine tops the side wall of the curved stairs that is closest to us. The bright flowers are blocked in with some of the paint left over from the Geraniums plus mixes of Cadmium Orange + Alizarin Crimson, Cadmium Red Deep + Cadmium Orange and Cadmium Red Light + Cadmium Orange. Leaves are made with warm green mixtures of Ptahlo Blue + Cadmium Yellow Medium and Pthalo Blue + Cadmium Yellow Medium + White.

Our Santorini scene is beginning to take shape. But we have A LOT more to do! Hope you’ll keep coming back to follow along. See you in our next session! With Colorful Smiles,


Β© Senkarik 2021

3 Responses to “Azure Waters, White Buildings”

  1. Don Dillard Says:

    Looking good!!!!!πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ™πŸ™

    Sent from my iPhone


  2. roseherczeg Says:

    My favorite part of all of your lessons is when you add the flowers! That bougainvillea is so beautiful!! Love, Rose

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