The mixes for the sky and background foliage are out on the palette. The sky will be very simple to counterbalance the complex variety of plants in this piece. Two mixtures are used for the sky, Ultramarine Blue + White and Pthalo Blue + White. The greens are varying proportions of Ultramarine Blue + Hansa Lemon Yellow + White. The White dulls and cools the green so it will fall into the distance.
Painting is like life….. you make adjustments as you go along. When I walked to the easel this morning I decided to add some Umbrella Sedge to the left corner behind the bridge. Their leaf is very similar to Bamboo and will carry the motif from the wallpaper into the painting. The shapes of the Giant Birds of Paradise are a wonderful complement to the Umbrella Sedge.
A Jacaranda Tree fills out the upper right corner. We initially became aware of these beautiful purple-blue trees on the island of Maui when we lived there in 1993. On our first trip upcountry they were all in full bloom. I was in awe, having never seen anything like it. They glowed in the evening sun and the fallen petals carpeted the ground underneath. It was like being in another world, a memory as clear as if it were yesterday.
The light coming in from the left will hit the bank and plants behind the bridge. The sunlit area, contrasting with the red bridge will draw your eye through the painting. The rock color is MUD (Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson) + Orange + White. Additional Ultramarine Blue is added to make the rocks cooler. Tomorrow we’ll work on the bridge. Come watch! Hugs, Mikki Senkarik