Too Big!

My first thought when I walked up to the easel this morning was, “Opps! They’re too big!” In the excitement of sketching this piece up on the canvas I got the heart shaped bistro chairs a little too large. It’s easy enough to correct, I just draw a new line where they should be and paint over the old ones. You can see the difference on the chair to the right. Yesterday I blocked in the area where the windows are with washes of Utramarine Blue + Liquin and MUD + Liquin. They were kept transparent so it appears as if there is something behind the glass. The curtains were also washed in with a lighter value.

In the image above the curtains have been painted in with more opaque mixes of Ultramarine Blue + a touch of Cadmium Orange + a lot of White. The light and shadow patterns are established on the lacy curtains. Because they are sheer they are not completely white in the sunlight. The darkness behind the curtains grays them just a touch. I’ve also put in the shadows from the horizontal windowpane dividers which will be painted later.

Now I begin to paint the door and windows over the curtains. The brush is held near the end of the handle which, surprisingly enough, gives me more control. Holding it in this way takes any jiggle I might have out of the brushstroke.  The shadow areas are a mix of Cadmium Red Deep + Magenta. The portions of the door in the light are Cadmium Red Deep + Cadmium Red Light.

With the red painted over the sheer curtains they immediately fall in back of the windowpanes. Hope you’ll come back tomorrow and follow along. But do wear gloves, we’ll be laying some tile! Hugs, Mikki Senkarik

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One Response to “Too Big!”

  1. cilipower Says:

    It is so cool they way you describe what you are doing in the stages of your painting. You make it so clear and logical. Thank you Mikki!

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