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Frida Kahlo’s Casa Azul

November 22, 2013


The courtyard of Casa Azul is the theme for my eBay auctions this week. The lovely cobalt blue building was the birthplace and home of Mexican artist, Frida Kahlo. Jack’s portrait of her is shown above. Casa Azul is now a museum dedicated to her art. Recently I was commissioned to paint a larger piece of Casa Azul. I’ve never painted a garden with blue walls and a yellow door so these EMBRYOS are my color studies.

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The two pieces are worked on at the same time, as if they were one canvas.

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My color is mixed and I’m ready to begin painting. The mixtures are #1. Cobalt Blue + a touch of Pthalo Blue + White. #2. Mix #1 with more White added. #3. Alizarin Crimson + a little Cadmium Red Light + White. #4. Mix #3 with MUD (Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson. #5. Mix #3 with more White. If you would like to learn more about our Double Primary Color Mixing System CLICK HERE.

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The blue walls are painted first, establishing the light and shadow patterns.

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Mixtures #3, #4 and #5 are used for the red borders around the door and window. Cadmium Yellow Medium + a little Cadmium Orange + Mud makes the shadow on the door. I use Pure Cadmium Yellow Medium for the sun lit part. The background of the wall tile is painted first, then the design is drawn with a fine liner brush.

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Dioxazine Purple Wisteria works well with the blue courtyard walls. After painting the terra cotta containers the tile pavers of the floor are added. I’m especially pleased with how the color from the door reflects down into them.

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More gardening. What fun to explore the possibilities of flower combinations in the electric courtyard setting.

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This has been so much FUN! Take delight in the brilliance of Frida Kahlo’s famous Casa Azul. Let Sunny Greetings and Boisterous Garden color your life every day. Remember, to see this or any of the other images larger just click on the picture.

SK11513 Boisterous Garden 6x6 A

Juxtapose lots of flowers next to the blue walls and a cacophony of color explodes. Bring this Boisterous Garden into your life or that of a special someone. Senkarik EMBRYOS make great gifts that will bring smiles for years to come.

SK11413 Sunny Greetings 6x6 A

Add a spot of color on your wall and let the little sun face tile welcome you with Sunny Greetings.

SK11513 Boisterous Garden 6x6 with tape

Both pieces measure 6″ x 6″. Don’t worry about framing them, these little gems have finished sides and are ready to hang on your wall.

The EMBRYOS can be displayed together or individually. These original oil paintings retail in our galleries for $390 each but to make it more fun we are starting the bidding on both auctions at 1 cent. That’s right, ONLY A PENNY! The auctions are staggered 7 minutes apart so you can win one or both Original Oil Paintings for your home or office. AND…..If you win the TWO EMBRYOS we will give you FREE SHIPPING! Don’t linger, the first auction ends Sunday, November 24 at 8 PM Texas (Central) Time.

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