I’ve had the idea for this painting for a long time. I decided now is the time to do it. One of my favorite memories of traveling through the villages of Spain, as well as many of the other Mediterranean countries, is the white and creamy stucco buildings topped with Terra Cotta tile roofs. I’d originally planned for this to be a vertical or portrait orientation. But the more I looked at the sketch I decided a square format would be better. Please remember as you read through my blog, you may click on any of the images to see them larger.
I’m working on a 10 inch x 10 inch Ampersand Cradled Panel. The sides have been painted Black, then covered with blue painters tape to prevent the oil paints from bleeding on to them. When the painting is finished I’ll pull the tape off and the sides will be nice and Black. I begin drawing the basic design up on the panel with a thin oil wash of MUD (2 parts Ultramarine Blue + 1 part Alizarin Crimson) + Liquin.
Work continues on the sketch.
Next I mix a lot of the colors I’ll be using and lay them out on my palette. You can see the base colors at the top, these are what all the mixtures below are made from. To learn more about the Double Primary Color Mixing System that Jack developed and I use, CLICK HERE.
Two mixtures are used for the sky: White + Pthalo Blue and White + Cobalt Blue. The sky is made lighter on the left because the sun streams into the painting from that side. The mountains in the distance are Ultramarine Blue + a bit of MUD + White. Then the terra cotta tiles topping the chimneys are painted with combinations of MUD + Cadmium Orange + White and MUD + Cadmium Orange + Pthalo Blue + White.
The Window Sashes and Shutters on this building are two different shades of White + Pthalo Blue + a tiny touch of Cadmium Orange.
Next the rooftops are painted, applying the color with heavy, textured brushstrokes. Some of the Window color is brought into the roofs for added interest. This also gives the impression of antique, moss covered tiles.
That’s all for this session, hope you’ll come back and follow along as I continue working on this sunny memory of travels throughout the Mediterranean villages!
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