Sky and Azure Water

Sun streams into the painting from the left. Clouds, tinted with the soft blush of morning light, drift across the blue sky. The field of the sky has been painted with a light mix of White + Pthalo Blue toward the left and a little darker one of White + Cobalt Blue on the right. The clouds are combinations of White + MUD (2 parts Ultramarine Blue + 1 part Alizarin Crimson), White + MUD + Alizarin Crimson and White + Alizarin Crimson + Cadmium Red Light. Please keep in mind as you read through my blog, you may click on any image to see an enlargement.

The azure water is now added. Working from the distant horizon to the foreground the color mixes are, White + MUD + Ultramarine Blue, White + Ultramarine Blue, White + Ultramarine Blue + Pthalo Blue, White + Pthalo Blue and White + Pthalo Turquoise Blue.

Notice how the duller mixtures in the distance recede, while the brighter mixes of White + Pthalo Blue and White + Pthalo Turquoise Blue jump forward. This is a simple rule that helps to give the appearance of depth in a painting: Muted, dull colors go back. Bright, intense colors come forward.

The Cap Ferrat penisula is blocked in with cooler greens made of Pthalo Blue + Cadmium Orange + White and Pthalo Blue + Cadmium Orange + MUD + White. I let a splash of sunlight dance across the water to illuminate the village and harbor.

The closest bluff is painted with the same mixes that were used for the far penisula. I just added more Cadmium Orange and MUD to them. The road, snaking along its base, is indicated with a combination of White + Ultramarine Blue.

The columns have been blocked in with several mixes of MUD + Cadmium Orange + White. In our next session we’ll bring more warm colors to the foreground, the cooler hues in the background are really going to recede. Thanks for following along today, please come back and visit my studio again soon. With Colorful Smiles,


© Senkarik 2022

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