Chili Enchantment

Taos has an empty spot on their wall again so here goes on another mini! These bright spots of color are fun to paint and make me stretch coming up with new ideas. Cool blue-greens are used in the background so they will fall in back of the warm adobe. The distant trees are made dark enough to accentuate the sunlit wall.

One of my readers asked if I use a straight edge to draw the lines in the doors. Actually I don’t. Bracing my arm on a mahl stick and using a fine liner brush, it’s fairly easy to draw straight lines in a vertical orientation. I show this technique at the left, the picture is from a different painting. You can learn to do this with some practice. Pulling horizontal lines is a little harder, I don’t use a mahl stick because it limits the side to side movement of my arm. Some artists just turn their canvas so the horizontal line becomes vertical and easier to pull. You can do it, just practice, practice, practice.

After the chili ristra and door are finished, the light and shadows on the old paver floor are blocked in. As the floor goes back it becomes bluer or cooler. This makes it recede.

Then a fine liner brush is dipped in a mix of MUD + Liquin and the lines separating the tiles are drawn into the wet paint. The curved perspective lines are made first, followed by the horizonal lines indicating the uneven tile pattern.

Pink and orange Canna Lilies and Lavender fill the flower bed to the right of the door. Dioxazine Purple is used for the Lavender, this is a color we just can’t achieve with our Double Primary Mixing System. CLICK HERE to learn more about how we mix paint.

Chili Enchantment    17″ x 14″     Original Oil Painting

Sunflowers bring warmth and a happy glow in the left foreground. The yellow-oranges jump forward, adding depth to the painting. Chili Enchantment is ready to bring delightful memories of Taos to a collector’s home. Thank you for visiting today. Hugs, Mikki Senkarik

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