Painting on Location, Frescos,

by Donald A. Jusko


Painted From Life, pg11, #41

12"x12" on tile

I like painting on tiles, there sturdy and strong and will last 3000 years if kept in a safe place.
10-14-04, 4:15. I've already painted on the slip intonaco and am waiting for it to set to the dry touch. It should take 45 minutes.
These berries look tough to paint. I like 'em tough. One of the two main colors should be solid, the first color down.
6:00, The intonaco is smooth but it's still too soft to paint on. This is going to take at least 5 hours with this light. I could cover in in Saran wrap for the night and day, trowel it when I'm ready to paint tomorrow night.
This fresco is going to have a white surface for me to start on. Even though the sandy colored surface dries white, white is better to start on. It's not that much of a big deal. I'm using crushed white limestone as the aggregate 1:1. But when you add to that white background the other TIP, mixing up a batch of 1:1 titanium and lime paste to use as white you have a WYSIWYG painting medium just like watercolor or acrylic. You have to keep the mixed white wet or lose it.

I laid some gold string on the subject and drew it as a guide on my fresco. In fresco you can cover white with black or black with white.

8:30, igarzone red marks the spots. It's better than cadmium red in my opinion, so is PR88 Thio red.
9:00, magenta layer finished, I'm going to put in shadow lines to give the branches shape, then go over the areas with a local dark and come up over that with lighter shapes.
9:30, blue branch lines in. Preparing to wet the whole thing with a hake brush.
It was too dry of a mortar, it started setting too fast. It took a lot of water to be sure all the colors I had used were soaking in the mortar not laying on top. As soon as there is no gloss I'll wet it again and wait until that soaks in. What it did was start building up the water barrier of the calcium carbonate crust too soon and I had to break through it with lime water.
10:45, 100% covered, I hope I'm more then 1/2 way finished. I started using my 7/16ths flat bristle bush, I'm working into the surface. It's not as smooth as my wash on wash technique but a lot easier. I gave it 2 more wettings with a spray bottle filled with limewater.
Now I can fill in all the seeds that are not in the forefront. For the bright red and magenta shadow colors I'll wash them with thalo blue.

1:00, finished

Finished, Royal Palm Seeds

Hooray! My 30 grams of Sennelier's Quinacridone Red (magenta) #679, for $55 w/ship arrived. IT IS THE PERFECT MAGENTA BAR NONE. Its Pigment Index Color Number is PR122. This is the dry pigment magenta you need for fresco, Wc and acrylics. Other's may claim to have it but only Sennelier does.

The perfect pigment triad is:
Transparent Indian Yellow (warm yellow-brown) PY153 from Zecchi.
or Transparent Indian Yellow, a cooler yellow gr/s PG10F from Senopia. (cancelled)
Transparent Quinacridone Magenta PR122 from Sennelier.
Transparent Phthalocyanine Blue (cyan) PB15.3 from Senopia.
Keep this list as close to your heart as I do, it took testing over $2000 worth of dry pigments to find these gems. At the same time I got a great fresco complete palette.

Painting with a Transparent Triad Palette

First is transparent Indian yellow O/s than transparent Indian yellow Br/s

transparent Yellow

First is an ultramarine blue PB29 ball. Indian yellow O/s PY153 and cyan PB15.3 made a green ball.
Magenta PR122 and cyan PB15.3 made the purple ball, cyan and magenta also made the blue ball, Indian yellow and magenta made the red ball.

transparent triad mixed colors

Oppositions, opaque red PR88, transparent cyan PB15.3. Used each other's color to make a neutral dark shadow.

transparent cyan

Oppositions Transparent Magenta PR122, Transparent Green PG35, used each other's color to make a neutral dark shadow.

transparent magenta

The black ball was made with this RCW transparent triad.

triad black ball

Testing the PR122, Magenta Bougainvillea flowers, 4x4 buon fresco. The color is perfect and it's permanent.

Magenta flowers

Painted with the three primary colors and titanium white.

I drew the wine bottle and crystal goblet on paper first, folded it to be sure of alignment and cut them out.
The intonaco was a thin layer of marble dust and lime 1:1. The base was made in my mold, 3/8th thick lime mortar with metal lath inside. The rough coat was 1:1 medium sand and lime. I grayed the intonaco before applying it.
The paper was laid on the intonaco and wet brushed with a darker mix to get the outlines. The lettering was scribed through the paper.

gray intonaco with paper image

Six hours later it was finished. PR122, PG10F, PB15.3 plus titanium white. Note: By 2010 PG10F was removed from the Color Index. It was a cool yellow so PY150 brown/side replaced it. It was misnamed anyway, it was never a Pigment Green. There are a lot of errors in the ASTM Color and Name Index, starting with using the wrong primary colors. They also don't include dual-toned in their description of a color.

Finished Latour Wine

16x18, Upcountry Maui Fruits and Flowers

This is a one hour forty five minute DVD movie. I show how to make a panel in a form to paint on and a ceramic tile with rough and intonaco mortar. Included is how to mix the mortar, and how I paint in three colors only and get full color paintings. Plus many buon frescos done with full paletts.
This DVD cost $35 and is 1 hour and 45 minutes long.

3 colors only

The pigments are:

Dry Pigments;
Indian yellow PY153 from Zecchi,
Indian yellow gr/s PG10F from Senopia
Magenta PR122 from Sennelier,
Cyan PB15.3 from Senopia.

Food Coloring
The Easter Egg Coloring 6-pack.
I know, it's getting harder and harder to find
sets with transparent cyan and magenta in them.

Oil Paints,
Old Holland Indian Yellow Orange-side,
Daniel Smith Quinacridone Magenta PR122,
Grumbacher Thalo Blue, cyan PB15.3

Water Colors,
Daniel Smith New Gamboge PY153 Nickel Dioxine Indian Yellow O/s pigment.
Daniel Smith Quinacridone Magenta PV202 is to the cyan side.
Grumbacher Thalo Crimson PV19 is more to the warm side, fugitive.
I don't know why they won't use the most stable and magenta matching pigment PR122.
Grumbacher Thalo Blue PB15.3 These links are to other 3 primary color paintings,

Children painting with Food Coloring Colors First Grade learning the primary colors.
3 color examples Mixing the three transparent primary colors.
Lime Water Media 75 sq. foot Buon Fresco in 3 colors.
Lime Water Medium Buon Fresco #1 in 3 colors.
Lime Water Medium Buon Fresco #2 in 3 colors.
Maroger Medium Hana Paintings with Maroger's Medium in 3 primary colors.
Maroger Medium The Kaupo Hearts, Black Oil painting in 3 primary colors.
Egg Tempera Medium Still Life in 3 primary colors.
Water Color Painting with 3 primary colors.
Copal Medium with the RCW 3 Color Wheel

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