Gentle Curves

The Wisteria has been blocked in following my usual sequence: flowers first, foliage next. After the details of the leaves are done I go back with a #1 Filbert brush to add the petals of the Wisteria blossoms. If you would like to enlarge the image just click on the picture.

The light and shadows of the tile on the upper level of the floor are now painted. Moving to the steps there is a simple rule I follow in working on them: Upright planes are darker than flat planes. This is because the sunlight from above hits the flat plane on the top of the step more directly. Therefore the surface of the step that you walk on is lighter than the side.

Some of you have asked how I determine the perspective lines when I’m working on a curved tile floor. In the image above I’ve drawn a line at the bottom of the building wall and extended it to the right. Next the gentle curve along the base of the flower bed is drawn all the way around to meet the building. This gives me the starting curve on the tile floor.

Now the rest of the curved lines, delineating the tile, are drawn into the wet paint of the floor.

The curve of the upper level is continued on the floor in the foreground. Cadmium Red Light is added to the paint from the floor to make the terra-cotta flower pots. We’ll plant those in our next session. And please remember, if you are anywhere in the Texas hill country please stop in and visit our newest gallery, Fredericksburg Art Gallery. They are located at 314 East Main Street in the beautiful little town of Fredericksburg. Hugs, Mikki Senkarik

One Response to “Gentle Curves”

  1. John Harmon Says:

    Hi Mikki: If you will allow my humble critisism,I think the table and chairs may be too large in appearance.But it is your painting ,right? I know you have adjusted them all ready and may not wish to fool with them any more,which is OK. Have a nice day, John

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