To paint the garlic ropes I begin by mixing several shades of lavender, blue, ochre and gray-green. Then I loosely apply the paint in the basic shapes of the garlic cloves. Using many different colors to block in the garlic gives dimension to the ropes. Grabbing the mahl stick I now focus on painting the details of the individual cloves.
Butterflies are very special to my collector and her husband. When first discussing the elements of their painting she asked if I would paint a butterfly somewhere in the piece. I have never been happy with the results when I’ve attempted to paint flying birds or butterflies. So I suggested using a butterfly motif as a tile on the wall or designed into one of the flower pots. She thought the latter would be cool. Using a thin mixture of MUD (Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson + Liquin) on my slick, glass palette I start playing with butterfly shapes for the motif. The smooth surface makes it very easy to change lines. The final design is shown above.
Using the mahl stick to rest my hand I carefully draw the butterfly into the wet paint of the flower pot with a thin brush. I decided to add antennas to the butterfly, he just seemed kind of plain without them!
Garlic Ropes and Butterfly complete! Tomorrow I’ll start the floor, see you then. Hugs, Mikki Senkarik