A Little Bit of Chili Heat

The flagstone floor is completely covered with mixtures of Ultramarine Blue + Cadmium Orange + White, Ultramarine Blue + Cadmium Orange + MUD (2 parts Ultramarine Blue + 1 part Alizarin Crimson) + White and Ultramarine Blue + White. Extra White is added for the portion of the floor splashed by the sunlight spilling through the gate.

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Next a mix of MUD + Liquin Original is used to indicate the crevices between the individual flagstones. This is done impressionistically, I don’t want to outline each and every stone; but just give the feeling of the irregular floor.

The large, terra cotta containers are made of MUD + Cadmium Orange + Cadmium Red Light and MUD + Cadmium Orange + Cadmium Red Light + White. I go ahead and cast the heart shaped shadows of the Sweet Potato Vine that will be residing in this pot!

Let’s add some Chili Heat to the painting! The long Ristras are painted with Cadmium Red Deep + Magenta, Cadmium Red Deep, Cadmium Red Deep + Cadmium Red Light and Cadmium Red Deep + Cadmium Red Light + White. The paint is applied with heavy texture, using the brush to “Sculpt” the red peppers.

The rock wall is painted in the same impressionistic style as the courtyard flagstones.

Other than one exception, the Geraniums are painted with mixtures from the Hot Chili Peppers. Pure Cadmium Red Light is used for the highlights on the blossoms, differentiating them from the Ristras. The bright green leaves are combinations of Pthalo Blue + Lemon Yellow.

Sweet Potato Vine has been tucked in at the base of the Geraniums and that’s all for today. We should finish up in our next session. Hope you’ll come back and watch, we’ll be planting all the rest of the colorful flowers! With Big Hugs,


© Senkarik 2023


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