Tumbling Stairs and Bougainvillea
The building, as well as the stairways tumbling down the hillside below the foreground terrace, are now added. Pickets of the Cobalt Blue gate, cast their shadows on the wall adjacent to the opening. Notice how the wall becomes cooler, or more blue, as it descends down the hill. This helps to give the feeling of the steep steps going down. Please remember as you read through my post, you may click on any of the pictures to see them larger.
The Bougainvillea at the top of the stairway is blocked in with Permanent Rose + White. The vibrant pink glows against the azure water in the distance.
The white stucco walls are all made of mixes, in different proportions of White + MUD (2 parts Ultramarine Blue + 1 part Alizarin Crimson) and White + MUD + Ultramarine Blue. The sunny portion of the wall has more White in the mix, the shadows have more of the MUD mixture in them. The back part of the foreground wall is bluer and a little darker, making it recede. Pure White is reserved to make the highlight on the top of the wall.
The unique detail at the top of the arch is now delineated.
The gate and border around the opening of the doorway are made with Cobalt Blue + a touch of Pthalo Blue + White. This makes the Blue a little more intense which brings it forward of the other gate and domes, helping to increase the feeling of depth in the painting.
The Bougainvillea cascades over the top of the wall and down both sides. Some of it can be seen through the opening above the gate.
VIDEO DEMONSTRATION: Painting the Bougainvillea
That’s it for today. We should complete our Santorini painting in our next session. Hope you’ll come back to follow along and see how this finishes up! With Colorful Smiles,
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