Cobblestones

Finishing out the door and windows I use mixtures of Ultramarine Blue + White. The photo I’m using for reference had one of the double doors open. I really like the invitation issued to step inside the little cafe. In the image on the right I’ve blocked in the Bougainvillea and am now working the greenery around the bright pink blossoms. One very observant reader asked why I’ve started wearing gloves. It’s simple, my hands get really dry in the winter no matter how much lotion I use. I’ve got one of those pesky splits at the corner of my thumbnail where it’s hard to bandage. So that’s why the glove.

Now for the Cobblestones. I take some of my paint leftover from the stone floor in the background and add Cadmium Orange. This warms it for use in the foreground cobbles.

Working from the back to the front I block in the darks. Cooler and lighter in the distance, warmer and darker as they come closer to the foreground. I add in a few strokes of the leftover mountain paint which brings some color surprises and variety to the stones.

The sunlit area of the street is now painted. I’ve exaggerated the warmth of the cobbles to contrast with the cool shadows of the white buildings. The street I’m using for reference has a double row of cobbles running down the center of the street. I use a mix of MUD (Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson) + Liquin to draw them in.

I don’t outline each individual cobblestone but rather indicate them impressionistically. This keeps them from becoming too prominent. I want the stones to be there but not shout out for attention. Less and less detail is used as the street recedes. It’s amazing how getting the cobblestones in begins to pull the painting together. Have a great evening. Hugs, Mikki Senkarik

Website: http://www.senkarik.com

One Response to “Cobblestones”

  1. Chet Sanford Says:

    Mikki, if you can’t deal with a band-aid during the day, do what I do. Before going to bed put a big gob of NEOSPORIN ointment on your thumb, cover with a band-aid. It’s surprising how much healing occurs in one night. Good luck,….Chet

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