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detail, fresco secco mural panel in progress

Mural artists in Kerala, south India, have painted this way for centuries. I learned from one painter there some years ago, and I have recently started to use those techniques again.

Red: iron oxide

Ochre: iron oxide

Black: soot

Blue-green: iron oxide– just a placeholder for fresh indigo (I’m working on it!)

White: calcium carbonate ground, prepared in many, many thin washes