STEP 19 Back to Basics


This is one of the most basic rules of painting and the principle for all of my work today, painting the foreground arches. I’m up on the ladder again, hopefully for the last time. The final highlights will go on the bougainvillea, then on to the tops of the arches. About halfway down the arches I’ll be at a comfortable reaching point, then the ladder can go back out to the garage where it belongs!

Above are the completed arches. The ones farthest back are bluer (cooler). As they come forward the base color has more orange and yellow in the mixture (warmer). This is even true on the shadow under the eave of the roof, it gets more blue as it goes back. In the opening of the front arch you can see the wall behind. I’ve also made this area bluer so it appears to drop in back of the arch in front of it. I’ve also softened the edge of the shadow where the light hits the back wall, this is another way to make things look more distant. HARD EDGES MOVE FORWARD, SOFT EDGES GO BACK. Just another little lesson for today!

Have a great evening and I hope to see you tomorrow. Hugs, Mikki Senkarik



2 Responses to “STEP 19 Back to Basics”

  1. Linda Sioux Says:

    Hi Mikki & Box Man,

    Wow. Wow. Wow. How exciting to view all of your steps. Thanks for sharing.

    Would someone ( Box Man) that is taking Mikki’s photo ask her to face the camera every now and then.

    God Bless you both.
    Happy Trails,

  2. Phyllis Hilley Says:

    Gulrll! You are amazing! What a knockout piece!

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