The basic plan is sketched on the canvas with a brush dipped in a thin oil wash of MUD (Ulramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson) + Liquin. A few marks are made to indicate the windows and the placement of the door on the background building. These are made lightly so I can change them if needed. I now begin to draw the gate and wall in the foreground. The colors for our Double Primary mixing system are laid out along the back of my palette beneath the painting. To find out more about our Color Mixing System CLICK HERE. The rows of color along the left side of the palette are some mixtures I saved from my previous piece. The oil paint will be useable for three to four days.
The structure in the foreground determines the proportions of the building in the background. Now that the gate is completely drawn in I can go back and begin working to establish the steps, windows and door of the distant building. I’ve reduced the number of steps both at the front gate and to the door in the distance. Many times in transferring my initial sketch to the canvas I have to make changes.
As I sketch I make adjustments in proportions. You can see I’ve moved the windows on the left a little bit, made the wall along the stairs taller and widened the door.
The sketch is complete and we are ready to begin applying the oil paint. Hope you will come back tomorrow and watch. Have a wonderful evening. Hugs, Mikki Senkarik