A New Start for Santa Fe

Sales in our gallery in Santa Fe have left some empty spots on my wall. We’ve welcomed a few new Team Senkarik Members and I have more paintings to do. Yippee! So here goes, a new start for Santa Fe. I had a lot of fun painting the cactus and yuccas in Enticing View so I decided to add some to this piece. The rough sketch is shown above.

My canvas is 30 inches by 30 inches, a square format fun to work with. The elements are sketched on the fresh white surface with a brush dipped in a wash of MUD (Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson) + a lot of Liquin. Ultramarine Blue + White is used for the top of the clear blue sky. The lower portion, nearer the horizon, is a mix of Pthalo Blue + White + a tiny touch of Hansa Lemon Yellow.

The pinks of the Bougainvillea cascading over the rounded adobe wall are blocked in over the wet sky. This makes it easier to soften edges and draw the long colorful stems. For those of you unfamiliar with Bougainvillea, the actual flower is white and quite tiny. Each cluster of three flowers is surrounded by three to six bracts in the bright colors we associate with this beautiful plant, including pink, magenta, purple, red, orange, white, or yellow. As Jack would say, “Just a little lesson for the day!” The adobe mixtures are worked around the bright bracts of the Bougainvillea.

Before finishing the wall the chili ristras are washed on the canvas with a mixture of Alizarin Crimson + Liquin. The adobe wall is then painted around the shapes of the peppers. I let some of the red drag into the adobe color. In nature the red of the ristras would reflect into the shadow, giving the wall a tint of red.

I’ve used the color remaining from my previous piece, lined up on the left of the palette, to make the mixes for the landscape. The container on the top left holds the Turpenoid odorless paint thinner we use to clean our brushes. If you have small children or allergies you can use Safflower Oil instead of paint thinner.

The distant mountain is made bluer so it will fall behind the warmer foreground hillside. Purple Asters line the edge of the courtyard. In the fall, the hills around Santa Fe are covered with this delicate purple flower so a few strokes of purple are brushed into the mountainside. I’ve enjoyed having you visit today, come back tomorrow to see the rest of this painting come together. Hugs, Mikki Senkarik

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One Response to “A New Start for Santa Fe”

  1. dani Says:

    Saw a painting of yours called purple serentiy, 24 x 24 in napa many years ago and never forgot it…………………theme was a red door

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