Garlic and Chilis

This is the last piece I’ll have time to do for my show in Santa Fe. It’s hard to believe the time is here. Wanting a purely southwest feel I’ve decided to combine strands of garlic with chili ristras. The little bench just adds to the ambiance. The sketch on canvas is to the left. The window area is painted in with a translucent wash of MUD ( Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson) + Liquin.

When the window is painted over the dry, translucent wash it gives the impression of something in the room beyond. If the wash was opaque the darkness through the window panes would just appear as black holes.

The shadow area of the tile floor is painted first. Blues are added to the terra-cotta color toward the back in order to make the pavers recede.

Perspective lines also make the tiles go back. I let sunlight catch the front of the pavers which visually lifts the edge. To enlarge the image to see the detail just click on the picture. Thanks for coming by the studio today, see you tomorrow. Hugs, Mikki Senkarik


One Response to “Garlic and Chilis”

  1. Jo Edwards Says:

    Hi Mikki,
    Watch you daily. I especially love the gray blue tones of this painting. Just calms and relaxes.
    Good luck in Santa Fe. Sure it will be a huge success as usual.

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