Let the Painting Begin

My paint is mixed for the sky and I’m ready to begin. The two lavenders on the left are MUD (Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson) + White. Moving to the right is Pthalo Blue + White, Ultramarine Blue + White and two shades of Alizarin Crimson + Cadmium Orange + White for the highlights on the clouds.

After finishing the sky I step forward to the mountains. The one in the far distance is made with Ultramarine Blue + White so it will recede. The top of the mountain is painted darker, getting  lighter as it descends to indicate haze between the two peaks. The closest mountain is made warmer using mixes of Pthalo Blue + Cadmium Orange + White. I also make a few brushstrokes with lavenders from the sky and blue from the other mountain. This cools and adds interest to this area.

Using the mountain colors for my base Cadmium Yellow is added for warmth and Pthalo Blue for darkness. The resulting mixtures are used for the brushy landscape seen through the open gate.

The warmth of the landscape is already adding depth. Since there are several adobe buildings in this piece I make the wall with the gate very cool so it will recede. I want it to be dark so your eye is drawn through the opening to the light beyond. BUT the wall can’t be too dark because it has to drop behind the buildings in the foreground.

Moving to the flower shop I make the back edge of the building cooler (bluer) so it falls back. Notice it is darker than the wall with the gate, making it come forward. While the sky is still very wet I paint the edges of the Wisteria and Trumpet Vine extending into it. It is far easier to draw all those little flowers, stems and vines now than it would be after the paint dries. Thank you for visiting today, please come back. Hugs, Mikki Senkarik

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One Response to “Let the Painting Begin”

  1. Glenda Gray Says:

    Thank you for sharing your talent. I have just started painting. Love it. Learn something new with every painting. I have used 2 of your paintings as guides and I do not get to keep them because my children and grandchildren beg me for them. So now I am in process of painting another one. Live in Peralta, NM Do you have a Gallery in Santa Fe?

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