Pushing and Pulling

The building in the right foreground is the focus of today’s session. The lavender and blue colors remaining from the building on the left will be used in the shadows. For the sunlit areas of the wall I’ve made a mix of White + a tiny bit of Cadmium Orange + a touch of Ultramarine Blue. For the lightest white I use White + an almost imperceptible amount of Cadmium Orange. This makes a nice, sun-warmed white. The blue for the door and windows is Pthalo Blue + a little Hansa Lemon Yellow. The shadows on the wall are painted first, then the light areas. The shadow cast by the chair was a challenge. I had to paint it over a few times but I’m pleased with how it turned out.

The cascading vine is completed at this point. I use a fine liner brush to draw the streaming tendrils into the wet paint of the building. The highlights are added to the blossoms with Cadmium Orange + a little Cadmium Yellow Medium. After scrutinizing the piece in my mirror I realize I didn’t follow my perspective lines accurately as I painted the base lines of the windows and wall. I paint with a large mirror, mounted on a movable easel, behind me. This allows me to critique the piece as I’m painting. Looking at the reversed image in the mirror takes it from the inventive or creative side of the brain to the analytical side. It’s amazing how you can see problems in the reversed image that you don’t see on the actual painting. It’s like critiquing someone else’s work. Analyzing your painting in a mirror is one of the most important things an artist can do.

This is where the “Pushing and Pulling” comes in. Painting is problem solving so here goes on the adjustments. I “lift” the front edge of the bottom of the wall and “lower” the back part of the blue underneath the far window. I also decided to add a little curve to the double line of cobblestones in the middle of the street, making it less severe and much more pleasing to the eye. Compare the changes in the image above to the previous one. See the difference? Hugs, Mikki Senkarik

4 Responses to “Pushing and Pulling”

  1. bill Says:

    Mikki, this is Bill writing in today. I am so excited by the progress you are making. This is capturing perfectly the spirit of our experience in Turkey! I can’t wait to give this to Sarah….

  2. Donna Pierce-Clark Says:

    I’m enjoying watching this beautiful painting come together.

    The colors, the flowers, …………… oh, the person who gets this is so blessed!

    All of your paintings bring a warmth and happiness into the owners’ homes!!

  3. elainevernon Says:

    I love your use of color. This is a magical painting.

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