Don’t You Wish…….

….. you could get this comfortable? I just can’t help but smile when I look over at that Little Sissie while I’m painting!

The flowers of the Cross Vine are painted next. I use several variations of magenta, red and orange to block in the blossoms. This helps to give the flowers lots of depth and dimension. Remember, if you would like to see any of these pictures enlarged just click on the image.

The greens of the foliage are worked around the blossoms. This way the color of the flowers remains crisp and clean. If the leaves were painted first my brush would pick up the green as I blocked in the magentas, reds and oranges, making the color dirty.

The surface of the saltillo tile floor is painted with the light and dark pattern of sunlight and shadows. I use cooler (bluer) tones toward the back to make the floor recede. When the entire floor is covered I draw the perspective lines of the tiles into the wet paint with a fine liner brush. Following this sequence allows me to make a smooth line. That would be hard to do if the floor paint was dry.

The horizontal lines separating the tiles are drawn next. The finishing touch to the floor is to add the highlights on the tiles where the sunlight catches their edge. I sign the piece while the floor is wet. As with the perspective lines it is much easier to make my signature into the wet paint. Hugs, Mikki Senkarik

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