Fun Memories

We have visited Santa Fe, New Mexico more times than we can count. The one place we make sure to go every time is Canyon Road. It is so colorful and full of ideas for paintings. We have such fun memories of walking along the sunny street filled with wonderful galleries, flowers and bright colors everywhere you look. The photo above is the starting place for my painting today.

I have simplified the composition and added a building to the right. I want the umbrella, table and chairs to be tucked behind a planter filled with flowers in the foreground. The basic elements are sketched up on the canvas with a wash of MUD (Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson) + a liberal amount of Liquin.

The adobe building in the background is blocked in first. The door and windows are a soft Periwinkle Blue made by mixing Ultramarine Blue + Dioxazine Purple + White. Painting forward I begin working on the walls of the courtyard.

Climbing Roses cascade over the wall behind the table and chairs. The Roses are a pink made of Alizarin Crimson + White. Several different shades are used to block in the blossoms.

Magenta Petunias fill the flower boxes in the background. I chose this color because it is muted and will drop back. The heart shaped chairs are drawn with a mixture of Alizarin Crimson + Pthalo Blue that makes a rich black. Then the rough cobblestone floor is painted with choppy brushstrokes, giving the texture of the old stones.

The crevices between the stones are randomly indicated to give the impression of cobblestones. Moving to the umbrella it is blocked in with creamy mixes made of White + Cadmium Orange + Ultramarine Blue. MUD is added for the darker portion of the umbrella showing underneath. Hope you will come back and visit tomorrow. We should be finishing this one up. See you then. Hugs, Mikki Senkarik

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