Sun Warmed Pavers

Thought you’d like to see how my palette is set up. The mixing surface is a piece of 1/4 inch glass on a white shelf board. This way our paints look the same on the palette as they do on the white canvas. The base is a culinary cart with wheels. The two shelves are ideal for holding all my paint and miscellaneous supplies. The roll of tissue is essential. I wipe my brush often as I paint. A clean brush is the secret to crisp, bright color on the canvas. We don’t use paper towels because you tend to hold onto it too long, then end up getting paint everywhere but on the canvas. With the tissue I make one or two wipes and throw it away.

The satillo tile floor is painted as if it were a plain flat surface with the sunlight streaming across. A shadow is cast over the entire front edge of the painting. We call this a “THRESHOLD”. Think of being outside of a brightly lit home on a cool evening. When the door is opened your eye is drawn through the darkness, over the “THRESHOLD” of the door to the warm light inside. This works the same in a painting. The viewer’s eye is drawn into the painting over the shadow, or Threshold, in the front. This technique gives depth in a painting and works really well in landscapes.

The curved perspective lines of the tiles are drawn into the wet paint with a fine liner brush. I do this freehand, using the mahl stick would limit my movement and I couldn’t make a smooth line.

Next the horizontal lines separating the tiles are made using the same brush.

The tiles are highlighted where the sunlight catches the edges. Some Cadmium Red Light is added to the floor colors to paint the flower pot. I saved the purples to paint the second bunch of Lavender in the bed on the right. Flowers first, Foliage second. Tomorrow more gardening is in store. Come help me plant. Hugs, Mikki Senkarik

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3 Responses to “Sun Warmed Pavers”

  1. Chris Says:

    Beautiful as usual! I like your set up…the cart, the tissues…everything right at your fingertips. Do you ever use any kind of mediums with or in your paintings? Gloss or matte gel mediums? Or any of the many types that have me so confused I don’t know if I should use them or not. So was wondering what, if any, types you may use. Thanks, Chris

  2. Lamprini Kaklamani Says:

    like me very much…I want to learn your method works…do you help me please…?..thank you…good day…

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