A Special Day

I love how the waves crash on the rocks lining Monterey Bay and can hear the refreshing sound in my mind as I paint. A mixture of MUD (Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson) + Cadmium Orange + White is used for the giant boulders. Brush strokes of blue, leftover from the water, are made on the lower portion of the rocks to indicate wetness and the mist rising from the surf.

In spring the ice plant covering the rocks bursts out in bloom. I’ve mixed Permanent Rose + White for the brilliant pink blossoms. The shadow areas are Permanent Rose + Magenta + White. Moving closer to the foreground the water becomes more intense. Pthalo Blue + Ultramarine Blue + White makes a nice dark blue, the sunlit areas of the water are pure Pthalo Blue + White.

A few final touches and the painting is complete. If you would like to see any of these pictures enlarged just click on the image.

A Special Day   11″ x 14″   Original Oil Painting

What a trip down memory lane this has been. The day we met Greg was a sunny one on the bay, the ice plant was in its best, pink Easter finery. That was the beginning of a great friendship. Now, Greg and Paulette have started a life together. This piece was painted with a lot of love in celebration of the two occasions, both A Special Day. Hugs, Mikki Senkarik

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2 Responses to “A Special Day”

  1. Amy Eileen Koester Says:

    I am an art student, taking Painting 1. I love your posts, because it helps me learn about color. I’m wondering, why the name MUD for your mixture?

    • Mikki Senkarik Says:

      When Jack developed this Double Primary mixing system he called the deep purple mixture made from Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson: MUD. He has a theory about life, if you throw enough MUD against the wall some of it will stick. Or in other words, if you try a lot of ideas some of them will be successful. He used tons of paint developing this palette. Many of the mixtures he tried weren’t successful, but the MUD works! Thanks for asking. Hugs, Mikki

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