A Little Bit of the Southwest

Every year at our annual Collector Event in Santa Fe I make sure to include a few Southwestern scenes no matter what our theme is. Many who come to the “City Different” like to take home a memory catcher of their visit. What better way than a painting? We have reference pictures of adobe buildings and quaint doorways taken all over this beautiful area. My idea based on some of those photos is sketched up on the canvas and we’re ready to paint.

I construct, or paint, the building first as it provides the backdrop for all of the plants. The adobe color is a neutral tone that will enhance the bright hues of the flowers.

The door, window and round lintels are made of Ultramarine Blue + White. The tiniest touch of MUD (Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson) is added for the darker shadows.

The entry courtyard is covered with terra-cotta tile, an architectural material quite common in Santa Fe. After establishing the light and shadows on the surface of the floor the perspective lines between the tiles are drawn, freehand, into the wet paint.

Now we can get to landscaping. Dioxazine Purple + White is used for the Wisteria draping over the door and window. I love all of the squiggly stems and branches. They are so fun to draw as they go this way and that. Then the foliage is painted. Mixes in various proportions of Pthalo Blue + Cadmium Yellow Medium are used for the leaves of the Wisteria.

The last step is to paint the individual petals of the Wisteria blossoms using the corner of a small Bright brush. You have probably noticed I use mostly Bright brushes. I find the square shape very versatile. The broad, flat side can be used to cover larger areas while the sharp corner is ideal for making little details like leaves and flower petals. It is amazing the small strokes that can be made with the corner of a large, Bright brush. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Mikki Senkarik

Website: www.senkarik.com

2 Responses to “A Little Bit of the Southwest”

  1. Mary Marriner Says:

    Love following your work, Mikki. I am also enjoying Jack’s books, and learning lots! I am trying to let the Lord direct me in what I should focus on for my “voice”. I appreciate the fact that he is so vocal about his faith! Hugs!

  2. pitzersart Says:

    Like!
    I can pick up tomorrow!!

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