Hill Country Serenade

My colors are mixed and I’m ready to begin working on the satillo tile floor of the courtyard. The terra-cotta mixes are made from varying proportions of MUD (Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson) + Cadmium Orange + White. A few cool greens and blues are pulled out from the extra colors I’ve saved on the left side of my palette. If you would like to learn more about our Double Primary Mixing System CLICK HERE.

The entire surface of the floor is covered, establishing the light and dark patterns. As the tile goes back it is made cooler so it will recede. This is where the leftover blues, greens and purples come in. The shadow, or Threshold, across the front is warmer, making it jump forward. The gently curved perspective lines of the tiles are now drawn into the wet floor with a fine liner brush.

Pulling out the large Bright brush again the Geraniums are blocked in: flowers first, foliage next. The last step is to delineate the details of the sunlit petals and new buds with a #1 Filbert brush. If you would like to see this enlarged just click on the picture.

Moving to the Sunflowers the large areas of blossom color are painted with combinations of Cadmium Yellow Medium + some of the Red leftover from the Geraniums and also Cadmium Yellow Medium + a touch of MUD + Cadmium Orange. The large Bright brush is dipped in pure Cadmium Yellow Medium, using the corner and pulling upward I am able to make the smaller petals of the Sunflowers.

The warm green foliage is mixed from different proportions of Ultramarine Blue + Hansa Lemon Yellow. Some strokes of the blue, leftover from the shadow of the door, are added to provide coolness and depth in the leaves. Notice I’ve already signed the painting even though it’s not finished. That is always done while the area where the signature will be is still wet. It’s far easier to pull the lines of my signature through the paint while it is pliable. If I waited until it was dry the ridges and bumpy texture would make it difficult to sign.

Hill Country Serenade       30″ x 36″       Original Oil Painting

Dark centers complete the Sunflowers and cheery Cosmos fill the bed along the base of the courtyard wall. Water cascading over the falls under the majestic cypress tree plays a delightful Hill Country Serenade. We’ll let this dry a couple of days and then it will be off to Fredericksburg Art Gallery, our newest Team Member. Hugs, Mikki Senkarik

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3 Responses to “Hill Country Serenade”

  1. Donna Strickland Says:

    Love it!

  2. cilipower Says:

    Mikki, I so love your work, maybe when I am rich and famous, I will be able to aquire a Senkarik for my treasuring. In the mean time, I have your posts, and can visit your website to enjoy more. Sweet! Thank you for what you do, and who you are.

  3. Robert Sesco Says:

    This is very nice, Mikki, thank you for sharing. Isn’t it easy to see how this painting invites the viewer to connect emotionally, with its visual depth, flowing water, variety of living plants, bright colors in sunlight and shade? There are many lessons for me to digest in this one painting.

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